There is something terribly wrong with my web host right now. I keep experiencing these minute-long downtimes that happen several times in a day. It doesn’t last long. As I’ve said, it’s a minute long. But it still irritates me because it happens when I am busy with a post and about to publish it. Imagine my surprise for getting an error message and when I check, there is no problem with the web host’s server. As soon as I check again, connection to the web host is back!
I have complained already. And the management has replied right away. I will have my account evaluated and they will determine if there is a need for me to be migrated to a new server. They think that I might be on a server that’s been experiencing a lot of problems lately.
I appreciate the fact that they listened to my complaint and will do something about it asap. But I am really not comfortable with these downtimes. I am already trying to look for a new web host. Let’s see if I find one better than the current one I have.
Wow! For the very first time, I opened my admin page and there are no spam comments! Thank you, Akismet! And thank you, too, spammers for sparing my blog! Hehehe!
Anyway, there was a topic in a radio show about spamming. This was just related to me. According to my source, a caller told the radio hosts that he/she works for a company whose sole purpose is to spam the web. I am not sure what exactly is their target but my guess would be blogs and email accounts. What struck me the most in the story was that the caller told the radio hosts that the company earns more than a million pesos in a month in spamming alone! Wow! I didn’t even know that spamming is that lucrative!
I was once accused by someone that I might have left spam comments in her blog. WTH, right? I told her that I won’t benefit from that and I would have let her accuse me if I knew I would earn from spamming. That was an ignorant statement, of course! Now I know there are earnings in spamming! Hahaha!
Spam comments and emails are annoying. Thank goodness for Akismet and the one-click button to delete spam comments and emails! But seriously, I am still wondering how these people earn from it when we, the bloggers and account owners, just delete spam right away? Or do they earn from those people who get lured to click on spammy links?
The business of spamming, ladies and gentlemen.
I keep on seeing dubious sites in Entrecard. There are sites masquerading as blogs but are actually marketing pitches on products that you don’t really know what could do to you. There are so many widgets showing women in various states of undress. Links that lead to sites that look to be splogs.
I don’t know if Entrecard is doing something to the sites. Or they just keep on accepting sites that pay even if the site is luring you to download software that can give you a virus.
I hope Entrecard will do something about spammy sites masquerading as blogs/legitimate sites.
I am getting so darn irritated with my DSL provider! My internet connection since the typhoon Basyang is intermittent! I can connect but after a minute or two, I will get disconnected. I reported it already but there’s no action yet. I think they want another first page bad write up Google search about them!
I swear your patience will ran out!
Calling Bayantel DSL!!!
If you are a Unionbank accountholder, chances are you know what happened the whole day yesterday until early today. They went offline! Yes, the bank was offline for hours and hours on end! According to their customer service reps, the bank was undergoing system maintenance. This is the first time I’ve heard of a bank system maintenance that lasted longer than an hour! It actually lasted more than a day! What was so annoying about what happened was there was no advisory at all!
I read their Facebook page discussion a few hours ago. I read irate accountholders who were relying on their ATMs to be able to get cash. I know there are people out there who only keep a minimum amount of money they need for the day or the week. So what happens to them now that the bank was offline the whole day? No withdrawal via ATM or over-the-counter. You couldn’t even use online banking as the whole bank’s system was really unavailable!
There was a woman who said that she needed to withdraw her kids’ allowance for yesterday. You could tell how irate she was. One mentioned that he was looking for work and was hungry but opted not to eat because he couldn’t get money from his account. My sister and I were supposed to enroll Hazel yesterday but since we couldn’t access both our accounts, we’re just going back today. It was too much hassle for everyone!
I just checked an hour ago and Unionbank‘s system is back up. I immediately checked my balances and it’s intact, thank God. I hope that when something like this happens again, Unionbank would have given an advisory beforehand so that their accountholders can prepare.
But something’s nagging me since I talked to their CS reps and both couldn’t give me a direct answer… was their system hacked that’s why it took their IT guys longer to fix it??? I hope not.
Note: Thumbs up to the customer service representatives of Unionbank for patiently answering the calls and responding to tweets and Facebook messages of concerned accountholders like me. They were also profusely apologizing for what happened. That’s customer service!
Unionbank Twitter account – http://www.twitter.com/unionbankph
Unionbank Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/unionbankph
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There was a PR update a few days ago. Have you noticed any increase or decrease in your PR meter? Mine’s still the same. A big fat zero! What about you?
I am doing my best to get back my PR but, well, no luck yet. Maybe on the next update? Calling the big G of the world wide web!