In case things looked a bit blank

There was something of an outage here this afternoon. I turned in a trouble ticket right before I left the office, and by the time I got home, the following explanation had been proffered:

A MySQL admin has just reported that there was a bit of network saturation on the hosting server that had to be cleared up, since one of the customers was offering a download that was getting hit really hard.

Somebody else on a shared machine. Been there, experienced that.

Of course, had it been yours truly offering that download, I presumably would have gotten a much nastier communication. I go through a fair amount of bandwidth — a shade under half a gigabyte a day — but it’s well within the limits of what I pay for.

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