01 February 2006

"Never send to know for whom Microsoft crashes!

It crashes for thee!”

(With apologies to John Donne, of course).

Both of the banks I use have an MS-IIS-based web presence. Neither of them are really interested in supporting standards (both sides miserably fail the W3C Validator) or apparently anything besides MSIE and, grudgingly, Netscape Navigator — although both of them are rolling out Firefox internally.

Since before about 06:00 WST, one of them has been returning “Document contains no data’ errors instead of web pages.

This is one of the very large Australia-centric banks, whom you’d think had personnel constantly on hand, straining at the leash to ensure that their web services stayed up 24x7. Any bets that a leaky web app has soaked up all of the server’s RAM “because” it missed a scheduled reboot? At least two and a half hours so far, I wonder how many nines that’s eaten...

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