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Did You Miss Us?

No, thought not, you miserable buggers!

Well it’s the sort of thing that can only happen to us here at Counting Cats. Cats himself is on a luxury cruise liner somewhere off the coast of New Zealand for a couple of weeks (lucky bugger!) and with only infrequent internet access, and the person he has left looking after his house in Queensland thought he’d save him some money, so he turned his computers off. Doh!

Nick is in Poland and the wife and I have just bought a new car, a Toyota Avensis, so we are going over to Cardiff to give my mum a little spin in it up through the Wye Valley and back, before the leaves are all gone.

So, as I keep saying, Momentum Momentum Momentum, if Paul, Ian or Sam have any posts on the go, bung them up quick lads!

Our usual abnormal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Thank you all for your patience.


  1. Sam Duncan says:

    Ha! I was beginning to worry that it was something more than the usual replacement of rubber bands or the string breaking, but that has to be the best reason for a server outage ever.

    Anyway, I probably did have some ideas at the weekend (last weekend…), but kind of resigned myself to CCIZ being down. I’m sure I’ll think of something…

  2. Schrodinger's Dog says:

    I’m relieved you’re back, guys.

    I was beginning to wonder whether you had succumbed to a visit from the men in the Black Helicopters.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. John Galt says:

    Of course we missed you. Just goes to show though that there are some benefits to running a hosted service rather than hosting it at Cats house.

    How the hell did you get back in their to turn them on again?

  4. Pogo says:

    In answer to your question… Yes, I bloody-well did!

  5. RAB says:

    Well John, the bloke who turned the system off has no idea how to re-boot it, but Cats rang a mate who does, et voila, lights, camera, action!

  6. Bod says:

    Heh. I was oblivious of the outage.

    Here in the People’s Soviet of Connecticut, we’re not eating tree bark yet, but Juche is under consideration. 6 days without power, anticipate a few more. Local stray dog and cat count is declining for some reason, no food riots yet, but a great business in gasoline-powered generator sales if you have a Reliant Robin and a ‘source’ of stock.

    But joking aside, Cats really should spend $20/year for a hosting solution. I’ll sub him a few Benjamins if needed.

  7. Lynne says:

    Sounds like a friend of mine who was part-time house sitting for a relative enjoying a winter holiday in the sun. He went around to check everything was okay and thought he’d do a good turn by switching off the electricity – and killed a tankful of tropical fish as the water temperature nosedived.

  8. JuliaM says:

    Of course you were missed! :)

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  10. Roue le Jour says:

    Yes I did bloody miss you. (but ‘cos internet is a bit flaky here anyway I thought I might just be me, floods in Bangkok, etc.)

  11. Roue le Jour says:

    Cat’s mate powered it back up. Bit of an anti-climax.

    In the movie version it would be a team of black clad kitty kounters heading for the Gold Coast in an unmarked cargo plane under cover of darkness. They jump out into the night and skydive down, opening their ‘chutes at the last minute to land silently on the deck of Cat’s sprawling beach side villa. They release their ‘chutes and watch them tumble like leaves across the crisp white sand for a moment before vaulting over the pool guardrail to the secret entrace under the pool. Defeating every security device and dodging the monorail full of goons, they arrive in the inner sanctum and reboot the aging Thinkpad that hosts CCiZ. Then pausing only to pet the white Persian cat asleep on the leather directors chair and leave a box of Milk Tray on the football field sized glass desk, they retrace their steps and jetski out to the waiting submarine.

    I’ll go feed the pork.

  12. Ian B says:

    I’ve been doing lots of exciting nerdy networky setup computery things so my online-ishness has been fragmentary for about a week, so I pretty much missed the excitement, though I did eventually get to read the emails, heh.

    I’ll have some geeky but not very political posts about it shortly, I think, once I can decide which puns to use for post titles. “Beware geeks bearing gifts” perhaps, or, “a geek tragedy” or maybe, “Notworking”. That last one is a pun on “networking” you see, which is awfully clever.

    I took a load of photos to accompany, but it turned out they were all too dark and grainy once I’d finally got a PC that could bluetooth to the phone to look at them, so I’ll have to take everything to bits and do them again in a staged, lying camera kind of a way. Nothing ever quite works as planned, does it?

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