It's weird sometimes when you start out with one idea, and it ends up becoming something altogether different. But that was my Tuesday.
My blog post that day was about Facebook's outage for several hours. (Facebook's other social sites – Instagram and WhatsApp went down, too.) It was like a building housing a cluster of stations suffering from an unknown calamity.
Facebook obviously was in scramble mode all day. Finally, Mark Zuckerberg came forward, blaming this technical nightmare on “a faulty configuration change.” And that started an avalanche of memes, jokes, ridicule, and the usual vitriol. As I always do, I posted a link to my blog on Facebook (where else?), and on a whim, compared Facebook's disaster day to a radio station going off the air. And it reminded me of the creative ways radio engineers try to explain away an event that knocks the station off the air.
My Facebook page lit up, with radio station humor that you can only relate to if you've ever worked for a radio station that went off the air. Which is all of them.
I must admit I laughed more than a couple times at the creative excuses for a transmitter and/or tower fail.
So, today's post is dedicated to those stoics with a First Class FCC License, an oscilloscope, and a pen protector. And let me take this moment to sincerely apologize to any of them I've offended over the years, whether inadvertently or on purpose. Here, then, is the way it started, and where it's ended up.
At the end of this post, I'll give you a slice of the “nerd explanation” Dave Lange speaks about below:
Dave Lange referenced a “geek analysis” of Facebook's outage, that I've linked here. It was put together by a company called Cloudflare that prevents breaches in networks and the cloud. I especially enjoyed this chart:
Now it makes sense.
Come to think of it, a day without Facebook was strangely…refreshing. Sort of like a month without..
Maybe for my next post, we'll gather the best excuses we've heard (or used) for a bad book. THAT will be a long thread.
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