We are back!


YO! Did you miss us?

Two days ago, DAR was rushed to the emergency room by its web hosting company. (I was sleeping at the time). The symptoms were obvious: DAR was running a CPU fever, possibility the result of a recent PHP transplant. One of the site’s organs (plugins) hadn’t well taken to a recent upgrade to PHP7 and, coupled with a sharp uptake in visitor traffic, began to fail.

A two minute procedure by yours truly was all it took to reverse the PHP transplant. This was executed within two hours of the ambulance call but the web hosting doctor refused to discharge the patient immediately thereafter. She wanted to keep us under observation for a further 48 hours and refused to release DAR until they were satisfied full health had returned. What an incredibly frustrating two days.

“A tree is best measured when it is down” runs an old proverb. Indeed, DAR was down and its absence felt (and measured) by many of you. Thank you to all readers who sent well wishes via email – far more than I anticipated.

If DAR gets sick again, do know that I’m on top of such things and will be working furiously to get the site back online. Thank you for sticking with us during this down time.

Normal DAR service will resume later today but the site’s health monitor will remain activated for the foreseeable future.

UPDATE 11th June: Poking around under the hood during the recent outage exposed some opportunities to make this site run even faster than it did previously. A win for the long-term.

Written by John H. Darko

John lives in the NOW + HERE = NOWHERE. He derives an income from the ad revenues of DAR. John is also an occasional staff writer for Stereophile, 6moons and TONEAudio.

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      • hey mate, that was some humour, or at least an attempt. Snobbery seems to be ingrained into the hi fi world. Just ask a DIY’er. Personally, I look over it, and simply don’t engage with it. Lots of us do. I’m just happy your site exists so we can read about products that are a reality for most of us. Cheers

  1. Will be waiting for the full return of your great website and always entertaining and instructive writing!

  2. Sounds like you need a new hosting service – one that understands that being online is the beginning, middle, and end of a site like yours (or any web site). Two days of bureaucracy is about 47 hours and 55 minutes too long…

  3. Seriously, I thought you blocked my IP address because I was reading too much articles! Glad that’s not the case. Phew. In the meantime, I have ordered a new setup, the Dynaudio Emit M10’s together with the NAD D3020. Can’t be bad 🙂

  4. As Jack Bruce said
    ” I’m so glad
    I’m so glad
    I’m glad, I’m glad, I’m glad “

  5. John, between this site and Japanese pR0n, I just barely find a reason to get out of bed each morning. Imagine what a sad bastard I’d be if your site was removed from that list.