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Potential downtime this weekend.

From: Russell McOrmond <russell@flora.org>
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:02:25 -0400

  The FLORA.ca services may be down all weekend, possibly starting some
time Friday June 8 and continuing to some time on Monday June 11.


  The FLORA.ca servers (flora.org, digital-copyright.ca, etc) are hosted
on a service I have been receiving from NCF.ca, who up until recently
was reselling TekSavvy.com services.   The NCF decided to transition to
Bell.  Since I wish to minimize the services I receive from the
incumbent phone/cable companies (see http://mcormond.blogspot.com ), I
am now trying to switch back to TekSavvy.

  I wasn't given enough advanced notice of the timing, so I made an IP
address transition on Tuesday May 29'th.  Some services were likely down
for people as DNS propagated across the network. Some people, ironically
NCF.ca email users, have noticed that email messages from the mailing
lists have not been able to be received as there is a routing issue
between some of the static IP addresses I was assigned and the NCF.

  I signed up to receive a new service from TekSavvy, which I consider
to be a transition back to TekSavvy as I never intended or wanted to
move from their service that had been working well for years.
Unfortunately I had to set a cancellation date for the new NCF/Bell
service before TekSavvy could set an install date.  Based on the
conversation with a person at TekSavvy I set a cancel date for Friday
June 8.

  Today when I called TekSavvy to confirm that everything was set for
Friday, I was told that the date had moved to Monday.  Annoying as I had
not been informed, and don't know when I would have been told if I had
not called.   I have now left an Office message with the NCF in the
(unfortunately faint) hope that they can hold off the cancellation at
their end until Monday.

  It is quite possible that Bell techs will disable the DSL on the line
some time Friday only to re-connect the service on Monday.   I don't
have any control over this, and I apologize for any inconvenience.

  It is frustrating that a transition *from* TekSavvy to Bell happened
without my permission or anything other than reconnecting my PPPoE
connection to my router, but the transition back to TekSavvy has
involved considerable time in trying to negotiate things between NCF and

 Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
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