So here I sit, contemplating life and realizing how much it has changed. GoDaddy is gone, at least for now. When the popular webhosting service crashed this afternoon, it seemed to take down half the universe with it.
Like many businesses, the Fisher Law Office relies on the internet for email as its primary form of communication and for a website as its virtual billboard. Without either of these, we are dead in the water and I can’t help but smile at how absurdly helpless this crash renders us. Do you realize I actually had to call clients and speak to them on the phone? It was very entertaining because I found out that the clients were in much the same state of mildly amused distress as I.
The world seemed to fear some secret organization had lashed out after months of careful conspiracy to deprive Danica Patrick of her primary meal ticket. Given the nature of GoDaddy’s ad campaigns, I myself suspected the militant knitters of the Arts & Cats Movement to claim credit.
Turns out it was just some guy on Twitter with a political agenda, username AnonymousOwn3R. I still suspect the Arts & Cats girls, they’re known for pulling strings. Actually, they’re known for knitting yarn, but close enough.
I’m sure GoDaddy will get this fixed as soon as possible, but I for now am reminded of the sci-fi televsion series Battlestar Galactica. In the show, humanity’s dependence on networked technology facilitates its own destruction, not unlike how the show’s writers’ dependence on squiggly plot lines invariably resolved by explosions rather than by meaningful character development eventually facilitated the show’s destruction.
In the opening episode, the Cylon (machine) enemies attack humanity, infiltrating their ships’ defenses with ease because the systems are networked. Commander Adama’s Battlestar class ship Galactica is a relic, a hulk so old it belongs in a museum (and in fact has one on board), so it predates networking technology and is impervious to the hacking that cripples the rest of humanity. (Much like anyone still hosted by the inferior GeoCities.)
But they don’t realize their primitive technology is all that prevents them from being destroyed, so the characters moan and groan about what a pain in the ass it is to be stuck on a clearly inferior vessel. Until the Cylons attack. Then they’re trying to figure out how to clear the coffee shop and museum exhibit from the runway to fly out and defend themselves.
Now, I’m not saying that our reliance on technology will result in our mass extinction, as the hamfisted writers of this show seemed to suggest. Depending on how long this GoneDaddy situation lasts, we might have to practice our penmanship so people are actually able to read our messages once they manage to catch the carrier pigeon. The point is we’ll just have to adapt and make that work. So say we all!
P.S. As I fully expected, the good people at Godaddy restored our “jump drive” about 5:30 p.m. EDT. Since then we have been warping throughout the galaxy. Remember. When in doubt, have faith! So say we all!
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