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Is it just my imagination, or is the general reliability of websites falling?
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
As I race around the Web each morning looking for the latest in news and
other interesting stuff, I'm increasingly finding that even some of the
most mainstream of sites are not always working properly.
This morning, the very popular
news.cnet.com was unavailable
due to server problems and Australia's
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Even local sites have been struck down with problems and outages. Since
Christmas I've spied problems at:
The NZ Herald (screenshot),
Domainz (screenshot) and
Sky TV (plenty of prior evidence has been displayed here).
Okay, so it's the time of year when many operations may be running a little
short-staffed as people take their annual holidays -- but I'd noticed this
worrying trend long before Christmas.
Could it be that since the downturn in the Net economy, companies simply aren't
prepared to dedicate the levels of resource required to guarantee 24/7 operation?
Or is it perhaps that websites are, through necessity, becoming more complex
There's not much that can go wrong with a static HTML webpage -- but once you
start adding complex database queries and dynamic content, even small programming
errors can have catastrophic results.
The problem is that, at a time when most Net ventures are finding the going
to be particularly hard, running a flaky website is not going to help at all.
Are things going to get worse as even more complex technologies such as .NET
begin to make an appearance?
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