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May 2007: The First 2 Weeks

This month started out with the termination of Old Blogger.

And then the fun started. Problems which were carefully analysed, and aren't randomly experienced by all Bloggers. Very few have approached epidemic level proportions, but do have odd, non-random distribution.

Several problems seem to be centered around Singnet in Singapore - Bloggers either directly paying for service from Singnet, or having ISPs that connect thru Singnet.

This isn't the first time that Singnet has been involved. What is unique about Singnet, that it can cause misery to its customers so easily? How do we know that this weakness in Blogger - and that's what it is guys - a weakness - how do we know that this weakness won't be visited upon other Bloggers using other ISPs? Maybe any of us might be affected, at any time.

Blogger needs to start telling us what is going on.

But the Singnet problems aren't all that's disturbing us. From last month (and some time previous), we have the pink warning "Could not connect ...", that most of us see from time to time. Some Bloggers see it more than that, and some few are prevented from posting. We have a workaround, provided by Pete Hopkins (though not officially issued Blogger code), which appears to mitigate the symptom.

Most websites are just websites - they show you text, pictures, maybe a movie. Some websites use some scripting - mainly to manipulate the data being passed back and forth. Blogger is actually acting like an application (aka thin client) and is sitting there polling the Blogger server, from your computer.

My suspicion is that there are other thin client functions, that Blogger runs on our computers, that they haven't thought to tell us about.

We are making progress. One recently discovered oddity, extraneous control language popping up in Blogger displays, is being looked into.

But a lot of questions remain. Maybe some that you can ask too. Some of you know how to make comments here, and the comment wizard is always operational here.

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