The comments for my last post were split between people who were talking about the actual game that was the subject of the post, and other people talking about the ongoing dansdata.com connectivity problems.
To recap: Most visitors can see Dan's Data just fine, but a seemingly random smattering of users from all over the world can't see it at all. For them, it looks as if the Dan's Data server was just turned off some time ago. Months ago, in some cases.
(If you can't see any of the pictures in that game post, by the way, it's probably because you can't see dansdata.com. Most of the images on this blog are actually stored on the Dan's Data server. Not all of them, though; the pics in this post, for instance, are from my Flickr account. If you can see pics in that post but not in the game post, the dansdata.com connectivity problem is almost certainly the reason.)
So here's another post about this connectivity problem, which I dare to hope may now actually be fixed.
Yesterday a reader clued me in to a problem with one of the two nameservers for the domain. That bug - which would have prevented anybody whose DNS request ended up at that secondary nameserver from getting to the site - is now fixed, along with a couple of others that may or may not have been related to the problem. Now all of the online traceroute tools that used to make it all the way to fe-0-0-3-kf-br1.securewebs.com, one hop away from dansdata.com, and then die, can make it all the way:
(In some cases, the last hop of the traceroute shows "beechler.com", not dansdata.com. Beechler.com is a site that used to, and possibly still does, share the same physical server as dansdata.com. I don't think this is a problem symptom, but what do I know.)
A traceroute, or ping, can fail when there's nothing actually wrong with a site. All you need is some router along the way that firewalls traceroute or ping data, but lets normal Web traffic through. I think the traceroute problem has been a constant for everybody who hasn't been able to see Dan's Data, though, so now that it seems to be fixed, surely nothing further can go wrong, how hard can it be, could be worse, could be raining, gee it's quiet tonight, Macbeth Macbeth Macbeth, Hastur Hastur Hastur.
Please comment below, with traceroutes and/or pings as per last time. What we're especially looking for are people who could see Dan's Data until recently but now can't, or couldn't see it until recently and now can.