It’s Not Just Second Life That Crashes — Updated

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Every time Second Life has a crash, or burps or hiccups, or just simply is scheduled for a restart, there is a vocal group that starts howling to the moon, complaining about how Linden Lab should get its act together and get these problems fixed.  After all, something should never be permitted to interrupt their work and exploration, and this is a sheer piece of arrant effrontery, etc. ad inf., ad naus.  What they’re really complaining about, of course, is that their convenience and enjoyment is being interrupted.

We’re talking about computers, of course:  complex boxes of intricate components and traceries, running on electricity and insanely baroque slabs of software.  And not just one computer, remember; Second Life — in fact, most large Internet-based services — are run on thousands of computers, all laboring to cope with the simultaneous demands of dozens to hundreds of individual clients every minute.  Is there any wonder why sometimes things seem to chug, and why these machines run hot, and sometimes need a restart, or that they can melt down and die?  The only system guaranteed to run perfectly every time is the one created by someone farther up the technological hierarchy than we can reach, outside of prayer.

Why do I waste bytes taking on this old bugaboo?  Because I’m experiencing it on a site that’s only distantly related to Second Life.  I do most of my photo exhibiting on Koinup instead of Flickr these days, because I get more of a response on the Italian-based service.  Unfortunately, Koinup seems to have been down (at least to me) for something like 24 hours now.  (If anyone else is having the same problem, please let me know.)  It frustrates me; but is there any reason to bitch about it?  Not really, because I use this as a free service (sound familiar, most Second Lifers?), and they have their problems like any other computer service.  Hopefully they’ll get things fixed up very soon; until then, I need to hang on to my patience and wait.

It may not even be Koinup with the problem.  Every browser I’ve tried so far says some variation on “the connection was reset” or “the address can’t be found.”  Can Koinup’s address have become lost in the DNS server’s database?  Curious….

UPDATE:  June 7

I still don’t know what was going on, but I’m glad to report that Koinup is back and functioning.  I may get a message from someone about it; if so, I’ll append a supplemental to this.

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