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About to get beat down by a hurricane...
What would you do for your website
netscan




msg:357308
 12:44 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

I know my site can probably get by without me for a few days, hopefully it'll only be a few days, but what would you guys do?

 

zulufox




msg:357309
 1:18 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Buy some pads of paper and some books for research.

What an awesome time to brainstore and write some good content.

I should know, I live in South Florida also :)

vkaryl




msg:357310
 1:59 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hey you two - PLEASE be safe.... it really looks ugly on the Weather Channel.

Hoping things aren't as bad as they maybe could be....

Stefan




msg:357311
 2:31 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Charley just ripped through Jamaica and nobody gave a d@mn in N America. The positive side of it was that it brought a flood of hits into our weather page, so my advice is to quickly put a weather page on your site with a link to your funding/donations page.

Teshka




msg:357312
 3:10 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

I know my site can probably get by without me for a few days, hopefully it'll only be a few days, but what would you guys do?

Uhm, back up all my files onto a removable drive, then cower with it in the basement? =)

Stefan




msg:357313
 3:21 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Back up all your removeable drives into ziplock bags, double-layered. Don't cower in the basement, lash yourself to the roof, armed with a camera, and enjoy nature at it's most impressive.

netscan




msg:357314
 3:24 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Basements are a rarity in Florida, but I do believe there will be an abundance of cowering as the new track has it going by my front door.

As for Jamaica, it was barely a tropical storm, none-the-less I am sure they had considerable damage. I feel for the people in Cuba, who were nice enough to allow NOAA fly-overs to gauge the storm.

And for my fellow Floridians, good luck and God speed (whatever God you may worship).

[edited by: netscan at 3:26 am (utc) on Aug. 13, 2004]

Dpeper




msg:357315
 3:24 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

lash yourself to the roof

dont worry about backing up your site if your going to do this.

Stefan




msg:357316
 3:33 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

As for Jamaica, it was barely a tropical storm

Ahh.. I forgot, it's always a much bigger deal if it happens in the US.

Nonetheless, Jah guide and protect. I hope you all fare well.

zulufox




msg:357317
 3:58 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

"Ahh.. I forgot, it's always a much bigger deal if it happens in the US. "

It is to us Americans... we kind of live there.

The hurricane's outter band is less than 1 hour from the keys right now... Let the fun begin..

plumsauce




msg:357318
 5:28 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)


Stefan,

Funny thing how msg #10 proved your point by trying to rebut isn't it?

:)

amznVibe




msg:357319
 5:31 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

In the same boat here.

You know your priorities are messed up when you breakout all the spare laptop batteries and start charging them up AND THEN go and fill the water bottles, and flashlight batteries. ;)

Mr_Diggz




msg:357320
 6:03 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)


In the same boat here.
You know your priorities are messed up when you breakout all the spare laptop batteries and start charging them up AND THEN go and fill the water bottles, and flashlight batteries. ;)

LOL. Same here. I'm hoping I can find somewhere where I can buy an extra laptop battery in the morning. I suppose I should stock up on the other th ings too... :)

Mr_Diggz




msg:357321
 6:03 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)


In the same boat here.
You know your priorities are messed up when you breakout all the spare laptop batteries and start charging them up AND THEN go and fill the water bottles, and flashlight batteries. ;)

LOL. Same here. I'm hoping I can find somewhere where I can buy an extra laptop battery in the morning. I suppose I should stock up on the other things too... :)

netscan




msg:357322
 7:08 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well good luck everyone, their killing the power here in the bay area at 10am, hope to see EVERYONE back here when they plug me back in.

Be carefull!

(First thing I did was charge both my batteries as well)

danieljean




msg:357323
 1:41 am on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

hmm... good luck to everyone down there, I hear that one's a real nasty.

Anyway, this does bring up a good point. During the blackout, my email was down, due to my mail server being without power in Ontario. "Off-site backup" these days should mean it, I'm thinking off-continent back-up wouldn't be too crazy an idea. Not sure how to deal with web servers though - there has got to be ways to keep them going on another server too, even if that requires a few minutes to an hour for DNS to propagate.

Ranting now... anyhow, good luck folks!

zulufox




msg:357324
 2:30 am on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

""Off-site backup" these days should mean it, I'm thinking off-continent back-up wouldn't be too crazy an idea."

That is an interesting idea... A host in the EU and the US could be nice...

vkaryl




msg:357325
 2:56 am on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Weather Channel tonight says Charley didn't do some things that were expected/planned for, but Ft. Myers is still a very dangerous/problematic area.... (8:50 pm MDT)

On another front, my husband spent 12 hours fighting a fire 8 miles from here last night, wind blowing about 40 mph this direction (ESE) - volunteer fire dept. we're talking here, and he'll be 70 this month, so I've not been real thrilled even though he's a remarkably young, fit and healthy 70. Just now, we have a call out 4 miles from here in the campground area, where there are probably 500 people who have NO CLUE what to do, and he's on his way to help out again.... *sigh*

You gotta do what you gotta do. But it's not making me really happy....

(Off-site.... well, all my stuff "lives" in Victoria BC. In 5 years, they've been down ONE TIME, for less than 24 hours. This was when a fire in the building but not on their floor fritzed all of the electricals....)

zulufox




msg:357326
 3:59 am on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Whew... I'm in Miami... It's path was "U" around us... lucky me!

wattsnew




msg:357327
 6:04 am on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thursday afternoon I surfed through a number of S. FL Webcams looking for dark clouds....all was bright; by Friday afternoon only one of those cams was up (in Naples) and the camera was bouncing like a leaf in the rapids, trees were bending and whipping about in all directions and the ocean looked to be blown almost flat. Unforgettable to see. It certainly gave me more of an understanding of the situation than reading news reports.

By now, early Saturday, the worst will be over, so hope to hear from you all real soon ... that you're OK and your batteries are holding out!

W

netscan




msg:357328
 11:25 am on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well, I lucked out as well, the Tampa Bay area was spared but it is utter destruction to the south and inland.

I didn't evacuate, if I would have I would have gone inland towards Orlando like the local governments were telling everyone to do, now Orlando got slamed and the 1 million people that evacuated the costal areas were caught in the storm inland.

We had evacuations ordered well over 24 hours in advance, the people in the Naples, Sarasota and most importantly Punta Gorda had litterally less than an hour of warning that the storm was going to make landfall in their area instead of mine. The storm turned, gained in intensity with winds going from 110 MPH to 145 MPH, and sped up by 4 MPH in minutes.

It is unreal the feeling of extreme relief I felt yesterday when the storm turned, and then immediately followed by great sorrow for the people that were going to take my place.

amznVibe




msg:357329
 12:08 pm on Aug 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Can you believe I slept through the whole thing? LoL.
It decided to completely cut across and miss us. Barely even got rain.

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