[NOTICE: We changed our “server” to a speedier one today and seem in the process to have lost the picture for this “Farm Life” Sykes #314. My attempts to load it again failed under an “error” message. Until this can be solved there will be no more Daily Sykes’ Palliatives.]
Goats above and goats below is back. But perhaps only temporarily. Time for a small rant. We "upgraded" our server for greater speed and memory. Thereafter, the blog was promptly shut down by the new server, as too busy. The source of this volume was described as our own "line" (I don't know the technical name), which we know was not even in use during the "offending" or taxing time. The new server, we should add, is actually the same old server we started with three years ago or so and managed to work with fine until surprises - shutdowns - started about three months ago. These shutdowns remain mystified. The company cannot explain them. But they can suggest solutions to problems that did not exist earlier. Pay more. So we did, and to the result just noted: a total shut down accompanied by a suggestion that we pay still more. This is rather like a protection racket - it seems. "It seems" because no one on the "serving" end of this drama can explain it. We know the useful role of mystification in politics. Given the fumbling of the servers representatives (except for the sales persons) we find it hard to imagine that this is a strategy. Nevertheless it works as one. We are paying more. And are now asked to still pay more. This ends this rant - without satisfaction. Still we are thankful for small pleasures. We have goats above and goats below.
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