Gawker, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post experience Sandy downtime after power knockout

As others have quipped, if you're a celebrity, now is the time to do something stupid. Hurricane Sandy has achieved what Anonymous could not: the ultimate pop culture publishing blackout trifecta. . From tweets by those affected, looks like the culprit was a Sandy-caused power outage in Lower Manhattan, where Buzzfeed, HuffPo, and the Gawker network of sites all have data centers.
Backup power is on the way. Kids, the internet isn't dead, this is just what it looked like in 2003! For a brief moment, Boing Boing is the only place to dick around online.


  1. Ah yes the old we have a UPS but we didn’t do proper end to end tests of the whole power supply chain problem. It happened in Sydney on the ATC system. In Melbourne on the traffic signal system we cut the mains every three weeks but one weekend a contractor blew the 100A fuses leading into our UPS with a screwdriver.

  2. Shit. Gizmodo had the best storm coverage, too. 
    Maybe that means the time to panic is….now. Aaaaaaaggghhhhh!

  3. And for a brief moment, even those of us who did not have to work today did more work than they had done previously.

  4. Oddly enough, Amazon’s eastern part of EC2 was and is still up. I think I noticed the lag when more Sandy-affected datacenters spun up machine to replace hardware. Otherwise, it wasn’t a disaster day for me. Hope all your disks fsck okay.

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