A Joyous Return

Posted: April 21st, 2015 under Website Notice, Website Update.

As many of you undoubtedly found out over the past near-week,  Verizon screwed up royally last Wednesday and SFF.net, my website host, could not keep everything up and running.   Verizon’s inept an incomplete attempts made things steadily worse.   Websites (with any embedded blogs) went down.   The SFFnet newsgroup tree functioned intermittently.   Today, Verizon finally did enough analysis at their end to a) assign a person who had the authority to actually investigate what was really wrong and make changes to their stuff and b) then discover that the firmware they’d installed as an upgrade days before was in fact faulty (which brought  a router manufacturer in on the problem-solving circuit.)

I don’t know, as of now, if the current “it’s working” will be stable, since Verizon had told SFFnet before that they couldn’t do the real fix until tomorrow maybe (!) but  since it is working now, I’m posting this to explain the blank spot since last week and warn of a possible additional interruption.

The heroes here are the intrepid SFFnet crew, Steve and Jeffrey, who patiently worked their way up the corporate ladder of Verizon  (OK, maybe not *patiently*) until they got to a level where someone could make decisions, not just excuses.


  • Comment by Annabel Smyth — April 21, 2015 @ 12:20 pm


    So glad it’s back, if only for now!

  • Comment by Gareth — April 21, 2015 @ 12:27 pm


    Welcome back!

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — April 22, 2015 @ 2:01 pm


    Welcome back.

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — April 22, 2015 @ 8:19 pm


    Definitely missed it as this is where I come to start my time on the web. Glad to see Paksworld is back up and running.

  • Comment by Kathleen — April 23, 2015 @ 1:15 pm


    Thanks for the update! It’s always better to know than wonder/worry.

  • Comment by Dale — April 23, 2015 @ 8:47 pm


    I was worried! Nice to have your site back online!

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — April 24, 2015 @ 4:12 pm


    Question – if the new book is a return to the Vatta Saga, should there be a Vattaworld blog?

  • Comment by elizabeth — April 24, 2015 @ 11:26 pm


    I thought we discussed this earlier…I asked if people would prefer a separate blog for SF or were willing to have me talk about the new book here. Response indicated a willingness to have the discussions here, so…that’s where it is. For now, at least. I can’t afford to set up a blog for every new group of books, but I could embed a blog purely for science fiction writing in my main website, as it’s already budgeted.

  • Comment by Kathleen — April 25, 2015 @ 7:16 pm


    I’m cool coming here!!

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — April 26, 2015 @ 10:11 am


    It was just a suggestion – Paksworld works just fine and I would not want to cause you any difficulty.

  • Comment by GinnyW — May 3, 2015 @ 7:55 pm


    I rather like having only one blog to check in on, since life has been rather pressing lately.

  • Comment by Kaye M — May 11, 2015 @ 1:16 pm


    …and I thought I was having a hard time with AT&T trying to shut down all its DSL customers with weekly offers to “migrate” to Uverse here in S. TX!

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