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<div id="65363_kdub1">CBG Speaks</div> - Vibration of Perceptions
Saturday, June 03, 2006

CBG Speaks

The Cool Blogdrive Guy (one of the two Blogdrive admin) speaks in responce to a member's complain in the forum. Read the complain first.

Blogdrive has tortured me enough. I've been a customer for one year and I'm actively looking for other options. This is the third unannounced outage and unresponded to help tickets in less than 2 weeks. Even when it's "working" it takes over an hour to make one post due to crashes. I've had the patience of a saint, hoping and praying. Yet, Blogdrive appears to be flatlining. I've simply had enough. I'm not going to waste my time even commenting much more. It's time to get serious and find a host that is ready for prime time and living in the real world. I feel foolish for even giving my business to this company. Maybe, instead of Yahoo buying Blogdrive, we should see if Toys R Us would be willing to take over. Or maybe the Salvation Army. Message to Helpee: I get the sense that you're trying to help, that you want to help, but that you just can't help. People need a blog host to have things that work and it's simply not working. It's very sad, but it is just not working. It's not. If I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, that would be lovely. But, all I see are the pleas of my fellow members virtually begging for improvements to the pathetic levels of outages. Is everyone familiar with the oft-quoted definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That's really what staying on as a Blogdrive customer equals: insanity.

And here is his reply:

Hi Rich, I feel your pain. Any unexpected outages have been just that, unexpected. Earlier today there was a flood attack on the servers. The unusually high utilization caused a database error which propagated to the other servers. It took some time to correct it across all the servers, but all is well now with no data loss. We are now looking at implementing new measures to help protect against this type of scenario.

Most of the other "outages" you experienced before are do to spammers or spiders causing DOS attacks. We have been in the process of both a data center move and network overhaul to better supply us with the network capability and bandwidth necessary to handle these situations better. unfortunately do to the scale of both projects it is taking some time to complete.

I can't say it says a lot, but it certainly keeps the member's mouth shut for the moment. Let's see for how long.

blogdrive, customer service

Posted at 05:57 pm by Seige
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<div id="70230_kdub1">Blogger introduce RSS feeds</div> - Vibration of Perceptions
Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Blogger introduce RSS feeds

I just learned that Blogspot introduced RSS feed, just very recently. It seems odd seeing they already have ATOM feeds, why all of a sudden introducing RSS? Besides, RSS version are older than Atom, its going to be obsolete sooner than Atom. So why are they releasing RSS then?

Also, it appears that RSS list the last 25 updated items, which is different from their Atom feature because unlike their RSS, they only list the selected number of post you on the front page. Weird, why the disimiliarity.

Lucky for us, Blogdrive have long been supporting both RSS and ATOM. And Blogdrive displays a reasonable number of items (10).

However I do hope that Blogdrive will introduce some RSS features such as editing options (HTML) or whether we can publish full or partial feed... I've included this in the forum topic asking for more features.

Posted at 04:32 am by Seige
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<div id="66163_kdub1">Roar of Anger</div> - Vibration of Perceptions
Monday, May 29, 2006

Roar of Anger

This is good stuff. I would have said it myself but I'm too gutless to do it. What's worth nothing is this:

Anyone who doesn't mind their site being inaccessible for hours, or even days, with no advance notice. Anyone who has no desire to have more growth potential for image loading. Anyone who doesn't care if the tech support for a paid account is not "priority tech support." It's really non-existent tech support. Basically anyone who doesn't take what their doing seriously. It's great for practice.

Here is the entire post:


I appreciate your efforts to help. I really do. Funny, no not media power. But, I am motivated to get a solution to this quagmire. I'm sure most of you would agree that the best way to tick someone off even more is to make them feel that their concerns are irrelevent and frivolous. So I appreciate those of you, and us, who assume someone has a bona fide reason for flying off the handle because there really is validity to many of the concerns raised here.

The frustrating thing is that I never in a million years thought that I was embarking down a road with BD that was a virtual dead-end with no chance of expanding with growth. You can see what I'm describing at my site: http://www.carrienews.blogdrive.com I suppose I didn't know anything about what growth requirements there would be. Now I do.

I'll see what I can come up with as far as alternatives. I may need some suggestions as far as how to migrate blog entries to a host that has growth potential with more reliable software and servers. My suggestion is for anyone reading this who plans on having growth potential, be careful of putting all your eggs in the BD basket. It will be an exercise in futility and a good lesson for anyone in the business world of how not to treat customers. I used to rave to people about how great BD is. But, I can't do that anymore. So sad. Here is who I would recommend BD to:

Anyone who doesn't mind their site being inaccessible for hours, or even days, with no advance notice. Anyone who has no desire to have more growth potential for image loading. Anyone who doesn't care if the tech support for a paid account is not "priority tech support." It's really non-existent tech support. Basically anyone who doesn't take what their doing seriously. It's great for practice.

What's sad is that many of us have been offering suggestions ad nauseum for months now. Oh, well. Life goes on. Thanks, Seige, for pretty much taking my concerns seriously. After all, unstable hosting, non-expandable bandwidth, and no tech support are pretty serious issues. IMHO. Those aren't great selling points, are they?

Who's fault is it? Why do they do what they do? Is a mystery.

Tag: Blogdrive

Posted at 09:01 pm by Seige
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<div id="47266_kdub1">Why Blogdrive was down again?</div> - Vibration of Perceptions
Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Why Blogdrive was down again?

As everyone can tell, the downtime for our favourite blog host has just occured. Cause of downtime is of course unknown, it's top secret (Blogdrive will have to kill you(in secret) if you figure it out the secret, it's bad for publicity)

There has been a HUGE, I mean it HUGE voice of anger in the Blogdrive forum. And not a single response from Blogdrive themselves.

The frequency of downtime is occuring more and more frequent compared to a few years back. Here are some of the most popular reasons given by Blogdrive whenever there's a down time:

1) Hurricane, this is an annual event and it doesn't just occur once a year but several. Whenever lighting strike, when the storms are strong, one of the internet router will *boom* and so there goes the 30,000 other Blogdrive blogs. This is far worst than a woman's PMS.

2) Upgrading server (or software), I'm not sure what its updating really. Whenever it say upgrading server, I hardly ever see any new features that comes with it either. Well, maybe sometimes (like the comment spam protection) although the down time could be of entirely different reason.

3) DoS attacks. Oooh... I absolutely hate it when these hackers have nothing better to do and choose to launch an attack on Blogdrive. Come on, why would anybody want to harm Blogdrive, there's 30 thousand innocent souls at stake. Say no to War on Iraq!

4) Spammer steals bandwidth. Yeah, these dirty bastard who are trying to make a quick buck on pharmaceutical products and pornography "steal" bandwidth. How? Erm... I don't know... I just know that it caused down time here on Blogdrive. (oh, really?)

5) Seige's Fault. It's all my fault. I didn't meant it. I didn't want anybody to get hurt but because the toilet isn't working I had to find an alternative target to satisfy my "nature calls". All this downtime is caused by waiting for the server drying up and for the toilet pump to be fixed. Disaster eh?

(In case you haven't realise, number five is totally made up and I've never actually seen the server before. Accept for a sexy picture of it here.)

Oh, and don't ask me why on earth update.blogdrive.com wasn't updated with any news about the downtime. All I know is that if you found out why Blogdrive was down, you'd better watch out because you might be murdered in a tragic death where all your body parts are broken into pieces and thrown into the river with no trace at all.

What was I on again? Right, WHY wasn't update.blogdrive.com UPDATED?

Tags: blogdrive, server, forum, downtime,

Posted at 12:38 am by Seige
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