Silly me. Simple indeed.
I won't mention the name of my circuit provider, but let us just say that it took about 10 days for them to make the DNS changes: one day to properly change the forward records (they got only one of them right, seven of them wrong, they fouled up the reverse mappings, and they forgot the MX record for mail forwarding ) and the remaining nine days to fix the mistakes they made. In the midst of all that - since I was dead in the water anyway - I upgraded my server (a Mac server running Mac OS X Server) to Leopard and that required some fiddling, since Apache and Tomcat were new, less forgiving versions. Anyway, late last night, the planets aligned and I'm back on the grid.
Why the heck don't I outsource my hosting? The basic reason is that I never want to get so far away from the underpinnings of this technology that I lose touch with the gnarly bits that contribute to the friction of computing, friction that is part of the daily life of those in the trenches who keep our systems alive. The software stuff that we deal with is complex enough; the hardware stuff that's at the bottom of the stack has its own complexity and every time it makes itself known, I'm humbled that this stuff works at all, and I admire its resilience in the face of such fragility.
So apologies for any inconvenience that my site being down may have caused you.
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