Thursday, March 27, 2008

Anyone else have trouble loading the Witanagemot Club page ?

Hi - is anyone else having trouble loading the Witanagemot club page ? ( I can see from other sources that postings seem to continue there - but for the last two days have been unable to access the site ).

See the survey right for a quick answer.

If you can can you add the current IP address to comments below so I can check if its my DNS server that's at fault.


Update: All is well again ! ( Not quite sure why yet - I've added the site to my opendns blocking whitelist - not that it gave any indication of a problem - that system is there so I can cut the kids of Youtube remotely without them knowing how it happened ).

My guess is that slow site response cause attempts to connect to time out - but I'm just guessing there.

Thanks for your help.


old and angry said...

Just copied and pasted the address you printed...taken straight there, no problems from my end.
Just outside of Whitby, North Yorkshire

Man in a Shed said...

Could you - or some one else try getting the IP address from a ping.

Open a dos box and type

The IP address should then be shown eg:

Pinging [] with 32 bytes of

Reply from bytes=32 time=13ms TTL=244
Reply from bytes=32 time=14ms TTL=244
Reply from bytes=32 time=13ms TTL=244
Reply from bytes=32 time=17ms TTL=244

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 13ms, Maximum = 17ms, Average = 14ms

wonkotsane said...

Working fine, just the usual sluggishness.

Man in a Shed said...

Thanks wonkotsane. I'm getting an CPanel / Apache welcome page. takens me no further. Odd.

Of out in a few mins - looks like an eveing activity to figure this one out.

Toque said...

I've jigged it about a bit, changed the cache and redesigned it.

Any improvement?

Man in a Shed said...

There seems to be some sort of local problem. Both my XP and Vista Laptops are unable to load the site, timing out. But my Vista Box loads it straight away.

This is the only site that I have that experience with.

If no one else comments I would assume it a problem at my end - though I find it hard to imagine what. ( I'll drop the firewall in a minute to try again ).

Man in a Shed said...

That didn't help.

Man in a Shed said...

Okay I've got it now. I've changed DNS servers to OpenDNS, away from the server Virgin Media allocate by default.

All is now well and the response is fast.

I have to say this is rather suspect. I've heard of DNS servers falling over and taking a while to rebuild their database, but I have to wonder about purposeful suppression. I hope for all our sakes that isn't true. Will try to fire an email at Virgin Media to enquire.

Toque said...

Well I'm pleased that it's working but all that technical stuff goes over my head I'm afraid.

I can't imagine why my url would act any different from any other. It would have been interesting to see whether you had the same problem with urls on the same server (ie or )

Anonymous said...

I have the same problem with:


My ISP is talktalk

Will have to try this openDNS server to see it this improve things

Man in a Shed said...

Intresting - any public DNS server would do as an alternative.

I'm wondering if there is a deliberate attempt to suppress these web sites.