Good morning, Netizens...
When all else fails, and there are no other avenues for covering news, always contact the source. That advice was given me years ago as a news journalist, and it has stood ever since.
This morning I contacted KREM by phone, and they have told me this was a systems failure, a BELO server from the sound of what they have been told, as it took down not only KREM and BELO but their entire daisy chain of BELO associates, including Portland, Dallas, Texas, St. Louis all the way down the chain.
Could you have worse? According to my source at KREM, they have no Internet access at KREM for the time being, and their news, in the form of their Blogs, are text-only, no pictures, sound or other multimedia capabilities. Much the same can be said for their various other holdings.
My source also stated they have no idea when the station's website will return to functionality above and beyond their Internet configuration.
This is definitely a disaster of unimaginable proportions to any Internet-based corporation, but especially a corporation of their size and scope.
Of course if you want to hear more anguish, The Inlander's web site is down as of about five minutes ago according to several sources, and according to their ISP, Go One-eighty, their web server is down. Help has been summoned.
“So I pushed the big red button and now it is saying, 'Operating System Not Found'. Now what do I do?
OK kids, it's back to MS-DOS we go!