questionsok, why are all the "other" woot.com sites all…

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The remaining servers all decided to take the night off and eat Tacos, Donuts, and Pizza in the lobby with Snapster while he tries to lure them away to his next business venture Yoot.com which designed to sell a single discount item to young folk from New Jersey.

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@xavoc: Maybe that's what's causing them all to keep taking potty breaks at the same time?

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Midnight. I'm up. What am I supposed to do right now? (I think it might even be a law or something like that.)
Hmmmm....lemme think for a sec......
snaps fingers---Oh, yeah. It's time to check Woot.com to see what/if any goodies are offered this fine new day!!! excited
Still not there. Sad face.

Time for @chadmoran to wake up and get to work! ;-)

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Via Woot's FaceBook: "The cloud's down (though, looks like it should be back up soon). We're not able to disappoint you with today's deals, yet- stay tuned!"

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It's that UFO outside that's the issue. Or @wootbot has been out all day not drinking again.

Or for a slightly more serious answer, click here.

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@jsoko: Thanks. I'm a die-hard anti-FB conscientious objector, so I never would've seen that. And I searched for a thread before posting this one...and didn't find a thread about it via search, with nothing on the first page or fresh page either.

Now I see Inkycatz' thread from earlier today is now on the first page. Sorry for a duplicate!

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This explains why Wootie is still showing yesterday's goodies...

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@narfcake: yeah, I just now saw that one. Thanks!

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I wonder if they're using stormclouds?

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Hello there. Just a note to let you know that once again

THE SKY IS FALLING!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!

Or at least the AWS cloud is. Our developers are working to move our stuff around to happier clouds.

You can look here http://status.aws.amazon.com/

You'll see some "not green parts". That's bad. Real bad.

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@thunderthighs: So you're saying it's BAD, huh. Green is good. I can buy that. I always recycle. But aren't clouds s'posed to be WHITE? How's about tossing us a pwetty rainbow? :)

BTW, I've been meaning to ask you....are you related to Thor? You know, the god of thunder. Is he your brother? cousin? nephew?....Can you send him to me? I'd put up with some of his thunder.

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@thunderthighs: I heard Virginia got slammed by a storm. Are the outages widespread?

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If the cloud is down... Does that make it fog?

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@thunderthighs: So, any possible eta of a fix? Should we go to bed? I'm not the least bit sleepy. There's always ambien, but it's just recently gotten less hot enough outside that the a/c is able to cool down the inside to a pleasant level, and I want to enjoy it for a bit longer. Then again, it's easier to sleep while the BR is cooler....and the high heat will likely wake me before I'm ready tomorrow am.

Can you send some of the 'bad' rainclouds our way to cool things off a bit? It's supposed to be 107 here tomorrow.

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From the AWS Dashboard: "10:16 PM PDT We are investigating elevated error rates impacting a limited number customers. The high error rates appear related to a recent loss of power in a single US-EAST-1 Availability Zone. We are working to recover the impacted search domains and reduce the error rates which they are experiencing."

I would move my cloud from that data center. They should not be failing because of a storm, that's what big generators are for. We tested ours every week.

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@teenracer6: Yep. Any site on that part of AWS. Saw this on twitter:

Add @Pinterest to the list of sites offline! @Instagram @Zynga @Netflix @Skype @Woot @Bensoutlet

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@reginafilangee: No ETA. We're at the mercy of the weather and AWS. Our luck has just sucked this week.

Thor wishes he was related to me.

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@missellienc - apparently you don't understand how AWS data enters are built. Only 1 zone in the data enter is having issues. Each Datacenter has multiple cloud zones.

Hell of a lot better than Fisher Plaza in Seattle where the power bus bars exploded which set off the sprinklers which fried the backup gensets. Took them 6 months to repair, 48 hours to recover, and ran off gensets on trucks in the street until repairs were completed.

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@xavoc: I saw this: "We can confirm that a large number of instances in a single Availability Zone have lost power due to electrical storms in the area. We are actively working to restore power." which told me the data center did indeed lose power. Granted, it should have failed over to another instance but my point was they lost power. Our SLAs required us to be up.24/7. Our generators immediately fired up when the power was cut. A hard power down was not something we wanted to deal with.

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@thunderthighs: Phone hasn't been ringing yet Xcrossed fingersX a lot my mail for work is AWS hosted. Yikes!

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Thanks, I missed the news tonight (other than local) and didn't realize there were severe weather issues in that area, or that it would affect Woot.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=C_S5cXbXe-4&NR=1

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Ok....really stupid question: Why is deals.woot unaffected (at least for the past few hours and right now) by the same problem as the other woot sites?

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They read my mind.

From another website:
"With the critical Amazon outage, which is the second this month, we wouldn’t be surprised if these popular services started looking at other options, including Rackspace, SoftLayer, Microsoft’s Azure, and Google’s just-introduced Compute Engine. Some of Amazon’s biggest major outages occurred in April and August of last year."

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@missellienc: Are you experiencing echo problems or the hiccups? LOL---you must've had the same problem I did, since you double-posted about a minute apart. As SOON as I asked why deals wasn't affected and pressed 'submit': Yikes screen popped up. I didn't think the post "took" and tried again...several times...to only keep getting that screen, although I could pull up other threads. Thought they had deleted this one.

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That one gave me a yikes screen, too.
Ambien time....or might watch an X-Files DVD.
G'night all!

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@reginafilangee: I did have issues, dang it! I'm too close to Virginia. The winds blew through here but we didn't have any power outages.

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@reginafilangee: The majority of Deals.Woot's moving parts are in parts of the cloud that aren't currently affected by the power outage. They are limping along, but we're certainly seeing an increase in error rates on Deals.Woot, Local.Woot, and Account.Woot. We'll be here until we get everything back in working order.

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Tried yesterday for several hours to buy the wine Woot but kept getting the Yikes error.

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@shawnmiller: Thanks for the update. Appreciate all of y'all's <---(yes, that's grammatically correct for all you Southernspeak-challenged people out there) work!
Would it help if I brought you some cookies and milk? Or would pizza and beer be more helpful?

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@reginafilangee: I keep thinking that I should borrow CowboyDann's idea and put together a BOC for service.woot (except I believe they're split between Seattle and Texas). Maybe we should send one to the developers as well? And maybe it should be a Box Of Cookies? :)

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@neuropsychosocial: Nah, if the developers had done their job the site would be split between multiple availability zones, AND multiple datacenters.

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Everything appears to be back to normal.

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For those with inquiring minds, looks like it may have been generator issues.

"The outage marked the second time this month that the Amazon data center hosting the US-East-1 availability zone lost power during a utility outage. Major data centers are equipped with large backup generators to maintain power during utlity outages, but the Amazon facility was apparently unable to make the switch to backup power.

Amazon experienced an outage June 15 in its US-East-1 availability zone that was triggered by a series of failures in the power infrastructure, including the failure of a generator cooling fan while the facility was on emergency power. The same data center also experienced problems early Friday, when customers experienced connectivity problems."

Here's a link to the entire article: Link