Thursday, November 5, 2009

Barely Housebroken Monkeys On Typewriters

It's days like this that I wish I married a geek.

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, it has come to my attention that Hughesnet hates librarians. Well, that's not fair. They just hate me. Turns out some of you using Hughesnet for an ISP cannot "see" the Bat Cave. You can "see" me using your Google Reader. You can "see" me when you pull up a cached page of my blog. What you apparently cannot do is come directly to my site, read all the scintillating ramblings and leave comments.

You get a 505 DNS error, or some variation of that.

To add to the frustration? One Hughesnet user has reported to me that they can see other blogs hosted by Blogger/Blogspot. They just can't "see" me.

It's very frustrating. And like all free services, I'd have better luck finding the Holy Grail than uncovering an e-mail or phone contact for Google/Blogger.


But I'm working on it. And also throwing myself on the mercy of the Blogosphere. Any bright ideas? Hughesnet has been contacted and they say they're communicating with Blogger just dandy. Plus, these people can "see" other Blogger blogs....just not me.

I can't decide if this gives me a sad, or makes me Hulk-like angry. Probably a little bit of both. Wendy mad! Wendy smash!


Sparklybearsy said...

I say kick it in its giant pruny nads!

Katie Mack said...

Wendy - Do you know if you're base platform is the old "classic" blogger template, or one of the new ones? If you never migrated to the new version, that could be the problem.

Katie Mack said...

Nice. I love it when I notice a typo seconds after I press publish.

Wendy said...

Katie: I'm on "new" Blogger now. Have been for several months. I had an unfortunate template meltdown and ended up migrating then. And this problem pre-dated that switch - so I don't *think* it's the Blogger platform.

I had one of the people having issues check my blog via a proxy server and she can "see" my blog that way - still can't comment though. With that bit of info now, it sounds like it's a problem on Hughesnet's end. Bastards!

But I'm not entirely sure. I know just enough about the Interwebs to make me dangerous.....

azteclady said...


We luffs ya, dahlink!

Katie Mack said...

Well that stumps me then. Good luck figuring this out.

Tara Marie said...

What if you try creating a test blog using your existing code and seeing if that shows up Hughesnet? If it doesn't show up maybe it's something in the code.

Isn't there an email for blogger, way back when I thought I emailed them and they actually got back to me. If you go to your blogger dashboard and click on "Help Center" on the bottom right and follow links through you'll reach a contact spot. Maybe that would help?

Wendy said...

Tara: Well duh! I have obviously been so traumatized by the Yankees winning yet ANOTHER World Series title that my brain has officially melted down. Tee Hee.

I've done that. Very good idea. If my Hughesnet people can see the test blog, I may have to look into importing my archives and just setting up shop under a slightly different URL. A hassle, but short of storming the Hughesnet offices and demanding satisfactions, it may be the only way to go.