Amazon S3 Down For Over Three Hours… and Counting!

Amazon’s S3 storage service appears to be down. CenterNetworks images are broken because of it and I had to move the style sheet back so the site at least renders correctly. Sites like Twitter have massive broken images currently because Amazon S3 is down.

We will keep updating this post until the service has recovered. As of Noon Eastern time, the S3 service is down.

Amazon’s S3 service was also down this past February and Amazon explained the reasons for the outage and downtime a few days later. There has to be a way to failover when S3 is down.

As always report in if you are having issues with Amazon S3.

Update: Amazon S3 clients are now posting outage messages on the forums. It appears EC2 is working ok.

Update 2: Amazon is now reporting on their health dashboard that Amazon S3 has "elevated error rates".

Update 3 – 12:55pm: Now down over an hour, Amazon says they are "pursuing several paths of corrective action. Sites affected include SmugMug and Twitter. Twitter is up with no images while SmugMug had to take the service down since so much of it relies on Amazon’s services.

Update 4 – 1:55pm: Amazon now reporting, "10:33 AM PDT A quick update that we believe this is an issue with the communication between several Amazon S3 internal components. We do not have an ETA at this time but will continue to keep you updated."

Update 5 – 3:45pm: We are now down over 3.5 hours – Amazon’s latest update, "12:25 PM PDT We have restored communication between additional hosts and are continuing this work across the rest of the fleet. Thank you for your continued patience."

Good articles from BNET

Every few days, I receive some sort of newsletter from BNET, the business-focused arm of CNET. The newsletter I received today actually had a few good articles that I wanted to share.

Favorite Facebook Apps

Being somewhat new to Facebook, I am still enjoying my time on there. I am curious as to which Facebook applications you are all using, and which ones are your favorites.

I really like checking the pictures available in the Bumper Sticker application. Most of them are ridiculous, and some are offensive, but I usually find at least one or two really good ones on the first handful of pages. I also like using the Flixster Facebook app, and really like taking some of the quizzes. For quizzes, though, I like the iLike application even better. Being the music junkie that I am, iLike is a perfect application for me. The music quizzes are usually insanely difficult, but they are a blast to play.

What are your favorite Facebook apps? What do you find yourself doing to kill time while you’re logged on over there?

WordPress 2.6 Released

WordPress 2.6 has been released, and the new feature list seems impressive.

Here is a quick list of the features that have been added to the new version of WordPress:

  • Versioning control – you can now track and compare changes when editing an existing post
  • Press This! – you can add a bookmark to your browser’s toolbar, which will automatically start a post with the content of whatever page you’re viewing when you press the bookmark. For instance, if you visit YouTube, you can use the Press This! button to automatically post the video you’re viewing on your blog
  • Gears – I’m honestly not sure what this does, but it appears to be some sort of plugin for your browser, completely independent of WordPress, that allows you to cache common CSS and JS files while you’re browsing the Web
  • Theme previews – you can now test drive a theme while you are developing it, rather than having to make it active to see what it really looks like
  • Word count
  • Image captions
  • …much more

Here’s a short video detailing some of the updates. A higher res version is available in the official WordPress blog:

If you are using WordPress (like we are here at HTMLCenter and I am on one of my personal sites), it seems like it’s really worth it to run out and pick up the new version. If you’re not a WordPress user, now might be a good time to become one.

Let us know what you think of it once you get it configured.

Gallery2 – A Very Nice Photo Management Application

I have been using and customizing a couple of Gallery2 installations at work and in my personal life. I have to say that I am extremely impressed at how advanced and powerful the application really is.

The installer is probably the easiest (besides WordPress) installation I’ve ever performed. All I had to do was download a small starter package, add a password and upload it to the correct directory. From there, the installer transferred all of the necessary files from Gallery’s server over to mine and gave me very explicit instructions on how to configure all of the settings.

Drupal Downloaded 1.4 Million Times in the Last Year

drupalDrupal founder Dries Buytaert is out with his yearly Drupal download stats. Overall, Drupal has been downloaded 1.4 million times with Drupal 5 leading the pack. New version 6.0 is picking up the pace with more and more downloads each month.

These numbers only include downloaded from Drupal’s Web site. Other download options aren’t included in the chart below.