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Services restored and gearing up for a release

By Byrne Reese
Posted July 24, 2007, in News.

Today at approximately 1:40pm PST this web site along with all of Six Apart's web sites and services suffered a major interruption of service due to a power outage that affected our entire hosting facility. Power was restored to the facility by 4:00pm but it took several hours to restore all of our services to full capacity. But we are now back.

It was our intent to release a new version of Movable Type 4.0 today, but under the circumstances we decided to delay the release 24 hours. Looking on the bright side, however, this outage may have given us just enough time to close out some of the last remaining known issues in the application, and may very well have helped us to reach the important milestone of releasing our first official release candidate of Movable Type 4.0.

So as we work through the night to verify the most recent builds, we will be going through the usual process of updating the change log and our list of known issues. We will also be working on compiling our final set of release notes to provide users with as much knowledge and information about the upcoming release as we can.

Before we sign off for the evening, I wanted to thank all of our users for their patience, support and understanding through this very trying day. And finally, I wanted to send a special shout out to all of the Six Apart ops personnel, as well as all of the system administrators who have been working tirelessly to restore services to some of the Internet's most beloved web sites, blogs and services affected by this outage. Thank you!



Syca on July 25, 2007, 7:35 a.m. Reply

Welcome back. :)

I don’t know if you guys noticed during this outage but I think before you move into RC you should re-think the dashboard “MT News” feed block. It seems that while you where down it would take ages for my dashboard to load. It would sit on a blank page as it tried to reach your server for that information. Once it timed out it would finally load.

Maybe it should be changed so that it either loads last, or uses an iframe or something that would load it seperatly from the dashboard just in case this happens again. Not saying that it will, but just my 2 cents.


Clrak on July 11, 2012, 11:40 a.m. Reply

I am not so sure what you have done, but “MT News” feed is absolutely OK now.


baldric on August 4, 2012, 5:20 a.m. Reply

Haven’t you seen the post is 5 years old. It is quite normal that the feed is OK :)

Theo Barton

Theo Barton on August 30, 2012, 10:13 p.m. Reply

How often such problem occurs with Moveable Type?

eduardo t.

eduardo t. on September 21, 2012, 9:22 a.m. Reply

Clrak - This was funny, I admit it :)

Per Gerrel

Per Gerrel on September 26, 2012, 9:23 p.m. Reply

I wonder you guys haven’t you heard about UPS and other options for back up plan when a problem occurs?

Charles NK

Charles NK on September 26, 2012, 9:44 p.m. Reply

The option to see and choose from a list with styles is really good. I haven’t see such thing in other CMS.

Alesandro Del Piero

Alesandro Del Piero on October 21, 2012, 10:27 p.m. Reply

I have always wondered how many people work behind Moveable type project. Does anybody know? I believe they are not so many, according to the style of this message of Byrne.

Craig Chopra

Craig Chopra on October 24, 2012, 3:19 a.m. Reply

If you try cloud services you never are going to have such problems. This is what I like most in cloud hosting services.

Steven Jonson

Steven Jonson on November 6, 2012, 5:53 a.m. Reply

The function HTTPTimeout is really interesting. How should I set in for best results from a users point of view. Should it be longer in attempt to finally load the application or I should make it faster not losing my readers time? I believe the second option is better, but I would like a more professional opinion about the topic.

dany v.

dany v. on November 16, 2012, 1:30 a.m. Reply

Craig, don’t you think that Byrne and the other members of Six Apart team don’t know better than you and me about the cloud hosting options? Even more, if you have a closer look you would see that this message has been written 5 years ago and I am no so sure about the cloud hosting options back then.

Rosica Robinson

Rosica Robinson on December 20, 2012, 2:16 a.m. Reply

Wow, all sites hosted by Movable Type were down at that day. That must have been terrible news for lots of webmasters. About cloud servers, well, that message is from 2007. Do you think we knew what cloud servers is about back then?

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.