The servers behind popular mobile blogging community moblog.co.uk experienced a catastrophic failure yesterday that caused loss of user images posted from the 22nd of September through December 13. Sources close to the matter say both hosts and users are seriously bummed out. When the service is back online, new tech measures will be put in place to prevent a repeat. Meanwhile, some members are photoshopping their way out of despair (Image link
After a night of great angst, Alfie from moblog.co.uk tells BoingBoing,
"I'm going to eat the hugest pizza in the universe when this is over.
The site will be back up in the hour.
"It has however prompted us to develop new technical features. Among them -- we've now built in super redundancy so this will be impossible! to occur again. "We've received so may emails saying not to worry and I reckon most people will busily carry on, but as I said, I just feel so damn guilty."
Unlike other popular phonecam blogging services, much of moblog.co.uk's content is offered under Creative Commons license.
The giant plushie monster with laser-emitting eyes believed to be responsible for the server crash could not be reached for comment.
Update, 3pm PT: Alfie says, "We have been up and running for a couple of hours now, and have written an image app for people to be able to add lost images back into their original positions on their moblogs. It's really ace, as it seems most people have kept backups of their images, and are busily putting them back in place. Mat Brown is the code genius who got this done." Looks like the moblog code crew got their victory pizza, too: Link.
Reader Kris Ardent points us to "more info on that mysterious giant plushy monster who caused the Great moblogUK crash of ought-4. Link. Great closeup shots of Domo Kun in action (hiking with his television, hypnotizing you, surfing the creek, yelling at a gopher) here: Link."
The Cobham catalog, exposed by The Intercept, features countless pages of surveillance gadgets sold to U.S. police to spy on American citizens: tiny black boxes with a big interest in you. In the creepily bland feature lists and nerdy product names is a whisper of a dark future; perhaps darker than anyone can imagine.
This image depicts the most commonly-found stylesheet colors on the web’s top sites—Paul Hebert did an amazing amount of analysis and this is just one of the intriguing visualizations he came up with. Most of these are obvious staples, especially HTML red and blue, though it’s interesting how far the blue “cluster” is from the […]
With the cacophony of an election year ablaze with unparalleled drama being fought on the front lines of Twitter, we find ourselves slowing down and staring at it like a bad accident. The need for escapist relief is perhaps more dire than usual right now. This fall, if it’s drama you crave, but the Hillary […]
Vaping is getting more mainstream by the day, which means there’s been an influx of quality yet affordable vaporizers on the market. We’re particularly excited about the APX Wax Vaporizer Kit, which is an easy-to-use, high-quality vape that works with both dry herbs and waxy concentrates.If you’re a beginner trying to get into vaping, the APX […]
When you’ve had a long day and it’s time to unwind, there’s a lot you can do to relax: drink some tea, take a shower or even read a book. But there’s one thing that’s essential to a comfortable night’s rest—and that’s investing in some really good sheets. Enter Bamboo Bed Sheets. These quality sheets retail for $120, but […]
The Avantree Powerhouse 4 Port Fast USB Charging Station brings high quality, high power, and still keeps your work space or home looking neat and organized. The best part about this charger is its capacity. It comes packing 4 USB charging sockets and a powerful 4.5A/22.5W output.. Its smartport technology means you don’t have to worry about frying your battery, either—it […]