PipeChat Digest #1706 - Sunday, December 17, 2000
  by "Administrator" <admin@pipechat.org>

(back) Subject: WE ARE BACK!!!! From: "Administrator" <admin@pipechat.org> Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 23:35:58 -0600   Hopefully, for good this time. At 71 hours without power to run the servers our power was restored this evening so with luck we should be running as usual.   Last Wednesday, Little Rock, AR, where these servers are located, was hit with a MAJOR ice storm. We were lucky for most of the day but finally at about 8:30 PM we lost our power. Some of our neighbors lost power during the day but were restored within a couple of hours so when our power went out I hoped that we would get it back quickly. Well, that wasn't the case. With the amount of outages not only here in Little Rock but all across the state it has taken some time to get the power back to customers. And we are luck with just having to go without it for as long as we did. There are still many people, both here in Little Rock and in other parts of the state, that do not have their power restored as of yet. And in some cases it is predicted that they won't get it back until next Wednesday.   I'm sorry that I didn't send out a note anticipating the possibility of this problem but that is in hindsight now. We did try to send out private notes on Thursday evening from Tim's personal account to those members of the list whose addresses I happened to have on my laptop. But I did have the entire subscription list so not everyone got a note from Tim. And last night we were able to borrow a generator to get the server up and running for a period of time but the power coming out of it was too unstable to run the list server for too long.   As I said at the beginning of this note, hopefully, we are back for good this time but there is still a possibility that there might be an outage. The winds have picked up here tonight and it has gotten cold again so there is still a chance that a tree limb may fall and knock out the lines again. But I pray that doesn't happen.   You should be getting a backlog of mail from the list. There was mail on the server when the power went out plus any postings sent to the list during the outage were being held by the backup mail server which will start forwarding it on to the list server this evening. There is a note from me from last night that is probably in that backlog.   Thanks for your patience during this problem. I have felt so helpless since there was nothing I could do to speed up the process of getting the servers back up and running.   Happy PipeChatting   David -- **************************************** David Scribner Owner / Co-Administrator PipeChat   http://www.pipechat.org mailto:admin@pipechat.org