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To anyone who tried and failed to get onto The Register yesterday: sorry. It was a bad day in Internet land: router problems, server problems and two periods of unplanned downtime. First time round, when the site was down for ten minutes or so, took us by surprise: we thought it was our ISDN connection, crippled by lamebrains at BT. Second time around, we were more prepared –- but the site was still down for more than two hours, courtesy of a MyFirstLittleSQL database crash. Thank God for back-ups. We'll try to make sure it doesn't happen again. These words will come back to haunt me within, what... hours? Days? Weeks? In the meantime, here's an apology for next time we crash. ®

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