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    Re: Possible outages: fer3.com maintenance
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Jul 12, 20:50 -0700

    NOTE: This message has nothing to do with email functionality of NavList. 
    Those of you participate in NavList entirely by email can safely ignore this 
    A few days ago, I mentioned that there might be some some "brief periods of 
    time" when the NavList message boards and archives at fer3.com/arc might be 
    inaccessible. That referred to some code editing that I was doing, and it was 
    over and done with in less than an hour --no actual outages. But as luck 
    would have it, Friday night the servers where these accounts are hosted were 
    subjected to a rather severe "denial of service" attack (this is where a 
    server is inundated with a huge number of spurious requests for web pages and 
    other data in a 'vandalous' manner, and it can no longer fulfill real 
    requests for data). If you attempted to view any pages during this time, you 
    may have discovered that the site simply did not respond (as I did). I 
    wouldn't normally bring this up, but the unfortunate truth is that these 
    things often come in waves so it might happen again in the next couple of 
    days. The outage Friday night lasted about four hours, and that has been 
    typical in other cases for these servers.
    For those of you with technical/computing interests, you can read about the 
    most recent D.O.S. attack here: 
    and if you are unable to connect to fer3.com/arc at some point later this 
    week, you can at least satisfy your curiosity by checking the "status page" 
    for the servers here:
    Write it down! ;-)
    NavList message boards: www.fer3.com/arc
    Or post by email to: NavList@fer3.com
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