Technical Problems Resolved, CQ Back ‘On Air’

Talk about being a victim of your own success! If you tried accessing Captain’s Quarters last night between midnight and 2 AM ET, you probably got a 509 error saying that I had exceeded my bandwidth allotment. Well, I had — by an order of about six times. In the past month, CQ has far outgrown the particular plan that I have at Hosting Matters, one of the lower-traffic plans at that. Unfortunately, the system notices these kinds of things, and last night it did its job.
Any other time, I’d take this as a sign from God that I’ve been working too hard and need a day off. However, I’m sure you can understand the raw panic that flowed through my veins when I tried posting from my hotel room last night and got the same error you saw. Frantic e-mails were sent in all directions to Hosting Matters, offering to pay in gold and silver to get my service restored. Annette, one of the many outstanding people behing Hosting Matters, swooped into action — I swear you could hear the air rush into the vacuum she left behind her — and not only lifted the block on my account but did an emergency upgrade that is eminently reasonable, especially considering the pounding their servers took from CQ traffic this month.
Some of you have asked me about blogging, its cost, and how to get started. Hosting Matters offers top-notch webhosting services, and more importanly, tailors itself to the needs of bloggers. (We’re an odd and cranky bunch.) You can get hosting plans for as little as $6 a month, plus have people like Annette in your corner when you need someone. Many of the largest blogs already host at Hosting Matters, and as far as I’m concerned, so should all the rest.
Anyway, we’re back on the air, and I will catch up to the events from yesterday and last night.