Better safe than sorry. I can’t count how many times I’ve told, and been told, that in my lifetime. But even the best of us can procrastinate sometimes doing what’s “best” – especially when what’s “best” takes a bunch of our time to get set up and, hey, who’s got extra time? I know.
Another phrase I grew up hearing (my mother’s personal favorite) was “don’t tempt the fates”. I’m not superstitious, but I can hear those words ringing in my ears right now.
This morning (or last night, depending on your time zone) Passpack had problems. The site seemed to be up and running just fine, but the connection between the application and the database was dropping. The end result was a bunch of people trying to login and being told their account couldn’t be found. Why? Well, because without a database connection, indeed, the application wasn’t finding the accounts.
None of the accounts actually went missing, but a lot of people were locked out from their data. And that’s bad. Very very bad.
While we were fretting to get things back in working order, I couldn’t help but thinking – if only everyone had managed downloaded and set up the Offline Version…
… Tara drifts off into thought… (oh… the offline version!… did we tempt the fates by releasing that?… what a horrible, terrible, ugly coincidence! ) …
Back to reality.
We’re still investigating the connection dropping, which seems most likely due to (of all things) the automated backup procedure.
Folks, better safe than sorry:
please go and install the offline version now.
It may take a few minutes, but it’s definitely worth it. We’ll all sleep better tonight – actually, we won’t be sleeping much tonight, we’ll be manually monitoring the server to make sure the connection doesn’t drop again – but you’ll sleep better.
And that’s what’s important.