Friday, July 11, 2008

SITE'S DOWN, Pajamas Media's down, don't know why. PJM folks tell me they're working on it. If it stays down I'll start posting here.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

INSTAPUNDIT'S SERVER ISN'T DOWN, but you may be unable to reach it because of router problems and a cut fiber cable. Should be back up later, but I'm going to bed soon.

Friday, April 28, 2006


Yahoo appears to have kowtowed to the Chinese government yet again and passed details of a fourth dissident writer's email account to the security forces, brightening the spotlight thrown on the dubious compromises that western businesses are making to operate within the world's second largest internet market.

Doing business in China has always involved a heavy dose of realpolitik - a senior mobile phone industry executive, desperate to get into the world's fastest growing mobile market, once described operating in China to me as akin to walking into a room and taking down his trousers. But what makes Yahoo's flagrant co-operation and the recent self-censorship carried out by search engine rival Google so shocking to web users, is that the internet has been sold to the world as a tool for free speech not for maintaining or even strengthening the political status quo.

And it's certainly caused me to think less of both organizations, and the people behind them.

TOM MAGUIRE: "I'm not worried that reporters currently spend too much time with Google and Nexis."

FORGET FOX AND CNN: I THINK THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS should have to listen to the Glenn & Helen podcasts!

I'm writing Tony Snow to suggest it . . . .

I SHOULD NOTE that since email forwards through the InstaPundit server, I'm not getting anything sent to the "pundit" address. You can reach me via instapunditmail -at- gmail dot com until things are fixed. The mail I'm missing should emerge from a buffer whenever this is fixed, though.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ROUNDS UP critics' views of United 93 (free link). Meanwhile, the audience reviews so far look pretty good.

HOSTING MATTERS IS DOWN as the result of a DOS attack. They're working on it. The only other thing I know is that it originates in Saudi Arabia. I'll be posting here until it's fixed.

UPDATE: Rand Simberg emails, correctly, that originating in Saudi Arabia doesn't actually mean that the perpetrators are Saudis -- just the computers they've hijacked. True enough.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

THERE APPEARS TO BE ANOTHER DDOS ATTACK on HostingMatters. See you in the morning, either here or on the main site, depending.

Whoever's launching these attacks is doing a lot for my reading. I nearly finished the Harry Turtledove book during the last attack, and I'm starting a new book tonight.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

INSTAPUNDIT is down, along with all of Hosting Matters, I believe. The HM people say it's a DDOS attack. I'm going to bed now anyway; if the site's still down tomorrow I'll post here, but that's unlikely.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

INSTAPUNDIT ISN'T DOWN, and now I can reach it. People are having trouble, though. I think it's general net congestion more than anything. Just wait a few minutes and try again. I'll keep posting here from time to time, too, though, just in case.

Bush just took West Virginia, which is news mostly because a loss there would have indicated a likely Kerry landslide.

KENTUCKY, INDIANA, GEORGIA called for Bush by NBC; Vermont for Kerry. Not much news there.

SPOONS has a different kind of pledge: "I PLEDGE TO BITCH ABOUT WHOMEVER IS ELECTED PRESIDENT." Always make promises you know you can keep!

He makes a good point here, though: "Don't support a President just because "he's President." He's a servant, not a king. Treat him like it. Give him exactly the support he earns -- no more, no less. If you feel compelled to make some sort of feel-good pledge, pledge to treat whomever wins fairly, and to judge their actions without regard to whether you voted for him or not."

I think that's really the key point here, isn't it?

DID I DO THAT? "Bloggers Spook Market." Actually, I think it was Drudge.

THE ELECTION NIGHT TRAFFIC is making the InstaPundit site hard to reach -- and sometimes causing Movable Type to crap out when I try to post. The Hosting Matters folks are working on it. In the meantime, I'm going to post some stuff here, too, so that people who can't reach the main site will still have something to read.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Seems to be working again. That didn't take long!

Instapundit is down -- Hosting Matters is having network problems, of a so-far unspecified nature. If the main site isn't up soon, I'll start posting here.

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