The OB Rag Had Technical Problems All Day – Will Be Up and Running Thursday

by on April 18, 2018 · 8 comments

in Ocean Beach

Actually, it was more than “technical” – around 11:15 this morning apparently a fiber optic cable was cut near San Antonia, Texas. And the OB Rag – and our sister publication – the San Diego Free Press – both went down.

We have returned to service – and will be posting tomorrow, Thursday.

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Peter from South O April 19, 2018 at 4:30 am

Is that the feminine gender of San Antonio?

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie April 19, 2018 at 9:25 am

LOL, okay I was dead tired. “San Antonio”.

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Geoff Page April 19, 2018 at 9:27 am

I finally guessed that after f*&$@#!g with my computer for an hour. Finally dawned on me to try my phone…

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie April 19, 2018 at 9:59 am

From our provider yesterday (4-18-18): At 1:17pm CST today, a major network connection to Pressable’s data center was severed, resulting in an outage for all WordPress sites hosted by Pressable. The connection was restored by Pressable’s upstream provider at approximately 6:06pm CST and all sites hosted by Pressable have been online since.

We believed that carrier redundancies would prevent this type of outage but the measures in place did not work. We know that you expect better from us, and we’ll do everything necessary to ensure that this unacceptable outage doesn’t happen again.

6:10pm CST: The fiber repair has been completed and everything is back online.

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Sam April 19, 2018 at 10:41 am

Why contract out to a company from Texas?

Keep it local, guys!!

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Geoff Page April 19, 2018 at 3:45 pm

I did a lot of fiber optic cable installation in the 90s and the fiber is built in rings. If a part of the ring is damaged, the data is not supposed to be interrupted, it is supposed to reroute on the undamaged section. Redundancy they call it. And, if power goes out in the data centers, two of which I was involved in building, it is also not supposed to interrupt service. They built uninterruptible power supplies into the system, first a small system that immediately continued the signals in a fraction of a second and then huge battery banks designed to work for some time to maintain service. It is unusual to have service interrupted like this, very unusual, I’m sure there is more to this story.

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Peter from South O April 20, 2018 at 5:46 am

Ring topology is not practical for long-haul fiber . . . I recall sometime in the early 90s when the main MCI cable was severed just North of Oceanside and San Diego suffered a major outage . . . lots of them run on the railroad right of ways.

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Geoff Page April 20, 2018 at 9:43 am

Good point Peter.

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