Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, The Corporate Bund at 12:21 pm by George Smith

Lack of blog action, two reasons: Depression over general state of affairs and hassles with WordPress/web hosting.

For the past couple weeks web hosting has been beset by problems, across all platforms, technical faults of unexplained nature described only by “500 — Internal server error” messages.

It was so bad over the weekend the blog database couldn’t even be administrated.

After a decade of this I’m so sick of talking to information technology workers at help desks I just walked away. As a class they’re worse than the flu virus, which is something you at least can be immunized against. They’re corporate job apparently requires them to give up being thinking human beings, to be something on the end of the line that will make you think you’re talking to an automated phone menu with only two options, hang up/give up or consult on-line documentation, which is not supported and/or not relevant to the current problem.

These people are so dysfunctional that accepted business practice is to either actively hide contact pages or purposely disarm or push them into default when trouble is breaking out, as it was all along the hosting network. And it was not a problem that came upon the network in one day; it had been building for weeks.

But we’ve all seen this coming. It’s the model of the American corporation. Extract automatic monthly fees for substandard or virtually non-existent service. Refuse to communicate to anyone with which you have a business relationship except through “announcements” edict or notifications that payment is overdue.


  1. Ted Jr. said,

    November 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Whew, what a relief! All this time I thought I had broken your blog.

  2. George Smith said,

    November 3, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Nah. Not even close. The hosting giant semi-regularly threatens to break the system for reasons that are worthless but which I used to write about in detail but don’t anymore. Involuntary upgrades when everything works fine and you don’t put demand on their systems. Added “features” that, practically speaking, are only malicious to semi-malicious programming add-ons designed to augment their data gathering. One could go on and on…

  3. Frank said,

    November 4, 2014 at 7:44 am

    It sounds like you need to migrate to a different hosting service. Mine pretty much leaves me alone and, when I’ve had problems, their tech support has come through for me. I have all their optional statistical tools turned off and they don’t nag me about it.

    Did you get the dreaded “Error making database connection” message?

  4. Ted Jr. said,

    November 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve tried to post a reply to the previous article 3x now and it just gets
    munched. I am of the opinion it’s too close to the truth to be allowed.

  5. George Smith said,

    November 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Not sure why it got caught in the filter, regardless it’s up now.

    And, no, wasn’t getting the “error making database connection” message. The database was there and I could see there was nothing wrong with it in the administrative section. It was just the host’s increasing “500” error messages or sometimes just straight timeouts. They never explained it but it was so bad the small business hosting came to a halt early in the weekend, forcing them to note they had a problem in their status pages. It was at that point when there “report a problem” service was also disabled.

  6. George Smith said,

    November 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    And, regrettably, they don’t allow their statistical tools to be turned off. Therefore, I recommend blocking through NoScript or NotScript on the viewer end.