Coming Out of Left Field

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Spin, spin, spin

At work we joke that our content management system is powered by hamsters. Site running slow? Blame the hamsters. You get errors when you try to view a page? Blame the hamsters. It takes you ten minutes to publish one lousy update? Yep, blame the hamsters. But usually things sort themselves out, as soon as the hamsters get some food or take a nap.

Sometimes, though, the hamsters really muck things up. This was the case today, when all of a sudden the thing I was working on (to use a technical term) went all kablooie. Anyone who looked on our development server would just see one big error where content is supposed to be -- content that was unviewable, unverifiable and therefore unpublishable.

Right now the tech people are working hard to fix this. In the meantime, maybe we should elect someone to talk to the hamsters and find out what their demands are. More food, bigger cages and better bedding are a small price to pay for systems that actually work.

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