Off To WordCamp

I'm going to WordCamp I’m heading off to WordCamp – a WordPress blogging conference – with Zach tomorrow (Friday). This will be my first WordCamp conference as well as my first time flying with JetBlue so I’m pretty excited all the way around. Once in San Francisco, we’ll be hooking up with Casey, a veteran camper who has conveniently scoped out accommodations, transportation, and all that fun stuff.

To top it all off…I hope to be getting a free T-Shirt :)

Dreamhost and Inept LA Utilities

I own a whole boat load of domains (as I have stated in my GoDaddy Addiction article) and the hosting service I go through is Dreamhost and I must say they are by far the best hosting service I have come across…I’ve jumped around a lot over the years trying to find a host that was fairly reliable, had a good administration user interface, and had fairly prompt customer support. Dreamhost is it.

Well, my opinion of them soured every so slightly yesterday when I was unable to reach any of my sites or any of my friend’s sites that are hosted at Dreamhost…for about 5 hours. Heck, even the front Dreamhost site was down at the same time. Obviously something went horribly wrong as Dreamhost had not sent out a ‘planned down time’ e-mail as they usually do. Ok, sure, I’m fairly forgiving when things go wrong, but when Dreamhost did not send out a reason as to why their services were down (as they usually do), I became somewhat irritated. Perhaps I’m too touchy when it comes to that sort of thing, but when a hosting service holds all of my data and source for hundreds and hundreds of hours of time and effort…a little feed back would be a good thing.

A couple of minutes ago, my irritation was put to rest. It wasn’t Dreamhost’s fault. It seems that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had a slip up that caused large portions of LA to lose power for upwards of five hours. Here’s the article at LA Times which I found over at LAVoice.org.

So thats a big hooray for skill of Toluca Lake’s workers and a big apology to Dreamhost. I suppose if I watched the news a little more diligently, I would have known…granted, some communication after the fact would have been nice to see.