1. The walkers* are slow today due to the continuing DDoS against everydns.net. Current backlog is a few hours. The plan is to wait this one out while looking into our options for improving the reliability of our dns services. Update 3pm: we’re all caught up again.

2. The database was temporarily offline for several hours early this morning. Why does the kernel have to kill my most important process when it runs out of memory? Update 3pm: this server now has a juicy new 4GB swapfile to play with (on top of its existing 2GB ram and 2GB swap) so hopefully this won’t happen very often in the future.

* a “walker” is a piece of code that walks the feed list in the Feedwhip database, looking for feeds that need some attention. You trivia hounds will be delighted to know that we run six walkers simultaneously.