Friday, October 13, 2006

Downtime & Upgrade this Weekend

Those of you who have been paying especially close attention lately may have noticed that we've been having minor service interruptions with greater frequency of late, an unfortunate consequence of Foxmarks' growing popularity. The elves at Foxmarks HQ have been busy working on a solution to handle the ever-increasing load, and we'll be rolling it out this weekend. We'll be replacing our entire server architecture, which has served us well beyond its original specifications. (As part of OSAF's Chandler ecosystem, our server, Cosmo, was designed for workgroup calendar sharing, not large-scale bookmark synchronization.)

We're also taking this opportunity to introduce a more sophisticated front-end on the web, which will allow us to start building more interesting web applications. As we've alluded to before, My Foxcloud is just the tip of the iceberg. And, finally, as part of an overall streamlining of our look, we'll be retiring our logo mascot (although you can never rule out that we might bring him back in a "Classic Coke"-style fiasco. Stay tuned for this).

To give us time to make this transition, we'll be taking the whole service down starting at 10AM PDT Saturday morning through much of this weekend. This means that new users will not be able to sign up for accounts, and existing users will be unable to sync or view their bookmarks online. We'll be working as quickly as possible to get the service back online, and will post here again when that happens. Our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope you'll find that it's worth it once it's done.