• Subject: Re: someone is not being straight. Guess who...
  • From: Douglas Handy <dhandy1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 14:38:21 -0500


>Well, that employee must be at it again, because MSN.com is down.

From where I am, so is www.microsoft.com and www.hotmail.com too.  All of them
have DNS errors -- just like yesterday.

So what counts toward "availibility" percentages?  If the HTTP servers etc were
technically "up" but unreachable due to DNS errors or a DoS attack, can M$ still
claim the time in their "up" computation?

And if not, has anyone done the math on how far this outage goes towards
dropping the percentage?  Calling it a 22 hour outage (is it really over yet?)
would drop an entire year by 2.5% even if the rest of the year never had a
glitch.  Or put another way, to get back to 99.999% it would have to stay up
non-stop for the next 251 years...

If this is an employee mistake, I'll bet he'll be flipping burgers (or coding
RPG <g>) soon.  But it sure smacks of someone trying to embarass MS after they
launched their big advertising campaign.

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