Tag: Failure Posts

The Day That Media Temple Stood Still


About two years ago I decided I would test out Media Temple’s grid service package, mainly because it was highly recommended by WordPress users, and seemed to perform quite well. In fact, for the first few weeks I was a Grid Service user, I thought things ran actually pretty smoothly. Unfortunately though, over the next few months, things would degrade rather rapidly. My site was plagued by ever increasing latency, and would often go down for 4- 6 hours at a time due to MySQL outages or random, seemingly unannounced maintenance periods. It got so bad at one point that I actually came to the conclusion I could do a better job myself by hosting my website at home, and transitioned this website to a little server in the corner of my living room. With the exception of a blown power supply that took my site down for a few […]

Gotta Love It When People Don't Test Their Form Emails


Here’s a recent form letter I got from Lingo: Dear {RECIPIENT_NAME}, When promoting Lingo, please understand there should be no outbound calls made for any reason. If it is found outbound calls are being made, you will be kicked out of the program and legal action will also be taken. If you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email. Thank you, The Lingo Affiliate Team For future reference, if you’re going to mass email all your subscribers, you might want to make sure the code behind it all does the right thing.

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It


About six weeks ago, the CD player in my 2006 Mazda 3 Sport crapped out. Given that it’s a new car, and that I purchased the stupid extended warranty (thanks to my lack of a backbone and the high pressure sales guy they put on me), I went in and asked them to replace it for free, which they did. Ordering the new CD player took around four weeks, but eventually I ended up with a new CD player that seemed to work fine. Last week I got a call from Mazda asking me to come by so they can take a look at the unit they put in. I told them I wasn’t having any problems with it, but they said they just wanted to make sure they put the correct part in. So this morning I drove down for a 9am appointment, and sat around reading the paper […]