This past week I was in the Bay area keynoting the SDForum - more on that in a future posting - and while I was away, exactly 2 time e raised to the power of i times pi people notified me that my blog on the Handbook site was down. That tells you something about the massive readership my blog gets, although I'm probably being a little pessimistic since the RSS feed and the IBM mirror were still alive.
Anyway, as I'd mentioned in posting from the distant past, I didn't care for any of the then available commercial blogging packages, so I wrote my own. The good news is that I have tuned it to my own particular needs, but the bad news is that I'm also responsible for all its foibles, such as what I encountered this week. Just before I left for the airport, I backed up my computers, which apparently left a vestigial file on my blogging directory, an artifact that my blog.jsp page just didn't know what to do with, so it threw up its virtual hands. I have my firewall locked down very tightly - I regularly get attacks from sites in China and eastern Europe - but so much so that I couldn't even ssh into my own server. Ergo, I had to wait until I returned and could get behind my firewall to remove the offending file. The blog is back up and so life is good once again. More later in the morning.