Visitors to NYTimes.com this afternoon received a haunting "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable" message as the site remained down for nearly two hours. While the Times blamed the outage on "an internal issue, which we expect to be resolved soon," Fox Business cited a "cyber attack." Idle staffers, not exactly panicked on this August afternoon, gathered around the Twitter campfire to amuse their colleagues with witty riffs on the situation. Of course.
Behold, from the mood inside the mothership:
Now I’m forced to make up my own Style section trend pieces like a goddamned animal.— Jacob Harris (@harrisj) August 14, 2013
With our Web site down, an offering of Times Haiku: 1.1 Service Unavailable. Deep sigh. The paywall for all.— Dean Chang (@dchangnyt) August 14, 2013
Oh, good. Time Warner Cable says it's aware of the http://t.co/4fASL44vMX outage, can send a technician between 1-4 pm on the 29th.— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 14, 2013
just like the old days of journalism— Leah Finnegan (@leahfinnegan) August 14, 2013
I pressed this big, red button marked "DO NOT PRESS" in the office earlier. Should I not have?— Ravi Somaiya (@ravisomaiya) August 14, 2013
If Twitter goes down so help me God.— Andrew Phelps (@andrewphelps) August 14, 2013
'Throwback Wednesdays' at the NYT continues, in which customers have to actually buy the paper and reporters must use the Yellow Pages.— Dan Frosch (@djfroschNYT) August 14, 2013
You think you can buy The New York Times? We'd rather shut it down first.— Jonathan Ellis (@jonathanellis) August 14, 2013
Just got a work email telling me my work email is not working.— Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) August 14, 2013
They say there's always an uptick in media babies born 9 months after an http://t.co/4fASL44vMX outage.— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 14, 2013
So... Anyone wanna go see "Smurfs 2"?— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) August 14, 2013
Update, 1:15 p.m.: It's back.
Update, 1:25 p.m.: And it's down again (and back up, intermittently). A rival takes advantage:
Bonus lunchtime reading: http://t.co/SoKzGPewUF is free to everyone for the next 2 hours.— Dow Jones (@DowJones) August 14, 2013