Off to sample some beers at the Wetherspoons beer festival. Back later (if I'm still standing).
Update: I'm back from the beer festival and have tried many (8) good beers. The festival runs for 2 weeks so there are lots more beers to try. Despite the my post appearing three times I swear I was sober before leaving ;o)
Further to my moan about Typepad, I have another gripe. I sent off a ticket today to ask why the stats that Typepad provide have changed so that they no longer provide the number of visitors within the last hour. The reply I got suggested that I boycott the stats system provided by Typepad (the particular part of the stats system was too intensive so was scrapped) and go with a thrid party system like Sitemeter.
If I pay for a service why should I even entertain going with a third party service when Typepad provided me with what I needed. Granted I do use Sitememter to confirm stats when the Typepad service isn't working but I shouldn't be required to rely on it.
The response I got from Typepad said..
Well I expect Typepad to work with all the bells and whistles that were there before and if I am paying for something then I don't want to pay for something that I consider to be half a service.
We believe system reliability should be our number one priority and we're making every effort to ensure that the TypePad application performs at the level that our users have come to expect. To that end, some server-intensive counts in the Stats system have been removed. We expect that this will help with server load and overall performance.
Basically Typepad are saying that if I'm not happy with their stats service then I should be looking elsewhere. How the hell is that going to help their business?
Centennial Light is a site dedicated to the longest burning light in history. The 4-watt lightbulb, made by the Shelby Electric Company, was installed in 1901 in a fire station in Livermore, California and was used as a nightlight. It has been burning ever since.
Yesterday I read this post from Ben and Mena Trott about the crappy service that Typepad punters have been getting lately (and when I mean crappy, I mean almost unusable.) and thought that it was good that they were being honest with their users (albeit a little too late), but then I read the comments on a post that Scoble made and my viewpoint changed completely.
This comment (from Rick) is not only very funny but also sums up Typepad pretty well...
Oh heck, we’ve just seen a failure in a piece of networking equipment that had never failed before, and so on, ranging from hardware failures to software failures. We are cute. We are cute. We need more money. We apologize for the poor service you’ve experienced over the past four years, and also for the lack of official communication from our blogs. We need someone who knows how to run an actual company. We’ve seen failures in our storage servers. We’ve seen failures in our software. We’ve seen failures in our hardware. We’ve seen failures in our networking equipment. There are a number of big issues that have always bothered us about all of our products. But we are still cute. We are cute. We need more money. Some people have the innate ability to consistently write wonderfully, but for the rest of you, we have a whole menu section of blogs. We are cute. We are cute. It’s quite unbelievable that we’ve been doing this for four years. This has been a bad year for TypePad’s performance and general availability, and we’d like to talk about a number of the issues we’ve faced, how frustrated they make us. But never mind that, check out Project Doomed Comet. Oh this running a company is hard. I like Westies. Building Speill Checick and WYSIWYG is a lot harder than it seems. We can’t scale. But we are still cute. I mean just look at us. Cute as a bug.
As another commenter on Scoble's post points out, the problems that Typepad have been experiencing are "fully preventable".
I'm hoping that their planned maintenance for Saturday night/Sunday morning helps the problem. Either that or I will have to do more blogging in the morning as that is the only time that the service is usable.
Very powerful photography from war-torn countries around the world by photographer Chris Hondros. The image above is taken from Liberia in the summer of 2003. It shows a commanding officer instructing a soldier to stop grieving over a friend who has just died in his arms.