13 Replies Latest reply: Aug 8, 2012 7:48 AM by seventy one
seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,990 points)

Just curiosity, but does anyone know what goes on during the two hour (or more) periods of routine maintenance.   They are becoming increasingly frequent of late.


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  • 1. Re: Routine Maintenance
    Jessiegurl44 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I do not know for sure, but more than likely removing posts, updating things, etc.

  • 2. Re: Routine Maintenance
    ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,775 points)

    seventy one (more or less, lol)--

     

    Usually, they are added new forums, making improvements (hopefully) in the performace of the boards here.

    Removing posts are done on the fly all the time.  Theyre excellent at getting rid of really nasty posts, often in minutes.

     

    Like, sometime in the morning after maintenance, I really hope to be able to suddenly be able to really go to the last post in a thread in ONE click.  They tell me the day is coming. 

  • 3. Re: Routine Maintenance
    Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (23,840 points)

    Actually it's Scheduled Maintenance not Routine Maintenance, a small but important difference.

     

    There are two at least three areas that would require taking the software off-line, one is to apply patches for bug fixes or enhancements the second would be to do maintenance on the database and the thrid woul be to bring more hardware on-line.

     

    There has been a huge surge of users of Apple Support Communities recently and I'm sure this increase has pushed both the software and the hardware running ASC to its limits. So the recent run of Scheduled Maintenance for the site is to be expected.

     

    regards

  • 4. Re: Routine Maintenance
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,990 points)

    Hello ~Bee,

     

    "More or Less".  

     

    MORE, ~Bee, more, unfortunately, but good to hear from you.  I do wish they'd say what they are improving, though.   All this cloak and dagger stuff!

     

    And Frank; thank you, too.   There has been a huge surge in Apple's bank balance, I read.  I've never understood why they have to do this first thing in the morning and not in the middle of the night.   7 to 9 am in the UK is unreasonable.

  • 5. Re: Routine Maintenance
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,525 points)

    seventy one wrote:

     

    I've never understood why they have to do this first thing in the morning and not in the middle of the night.   7 to 9 am in the UK is unreasonable.

    Ah, but when it's night time in Italy it's Wednesday over here.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXnMXID4hKg

  • 6. Re: Routine Maintenance
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,990 points)

    Yes; I'd almost come round to recognising the time zone relationship but it's 2012. With the ability to create such complex computer programs, surely they could do the maintenance in time zone blocks and overlap where necessary.  

  • 7. Re: Routine Maintenance
    Michael Wasley Level 5 Level 5 (6,810 points)

    Frank Caggiano wrote:

     

    Actually it's Scheduled Maintenance not Routine Maintenance, a small but important difference.

    Which is?

  • 8. Re: Routine Maintenance
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,525 points)

    In general:

     

    Routine Maintenance would be something you do on a regular basis whether there's an actual problem or not.

     

    Scheduled Maintenance is dealing with an issue which isn't serious, so you can plan when to do it.

     

    Unscheduled Maintenance is dealing with an issue which is serious and needs dealing with asap.

     

    Emergency Maintenance is 'help - it's broken...'

     

    Apple may have its own definitions.

  • 9. Re: Routine Maintenance
    Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (34,500 points)

    HI "71"

     

    I've never understood why they have to do this first thing in the morning and not in the middle of the night.   7 to 9 am in the UK is unreasonable.

    Look at the bright side...when it is morning here, it is tea time - approaching cocktail time - in the UK. 

     

    Barry

  • 10. Re: Routine Maintenance
    Michael Wasley Level 5 Level 5 (6,810 points)

    Roger Wilmut1 wrote:

     

    Routine Maintenance would be something you do on a regular basis whether there's an actual problem or not.

     

    Scheduled Maintenance is dealing with an issue which isn't serious, so you can plan when to do it.

     

    So Routine Maintenance is scheduled and Scheduled Maintenance isn't but is added to the schedule.

  • 11. Re: Routine Maintenance
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,990 points)

    Michael, Roger and Barry,

     

    (Sounds like a solicitors).    I'm not sure I should have raised this question ... but we all seem to be getting some fun out of it.  

     

    And Barry, you sound very civilised.   Cocktails indeed.

  • 12. Re: Routine Maintenance
    Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (34,500 points)

    Hi "71"

     

    I have an old friend in Lancashire who says that, "for a colonial, I am well traveled and fairly civilized (or civilised)."    My response is that his English is odd, but understandable    LOL.

     

    Barry

  • 13. Re: Routine Maintenance
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,990 points)

    By odd, you mean the spelling?  All that talk about cocktails will upset the natives, don't you know.  There is a recession on.

     

    Thanks for the smile.