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OpenID Identifier Downtime

23rd Dec 2007

Johannes asked some weeks ago how much downtime someone would be able to tolerate for their OpenID identifier.

I self-host my identifer URL, and a few days ago the server it lives on fell over and couldn't get up. With it being Christmas and all, I've had more important/enjoyable things to do than fixing up my knackered server, so my identifer has effectively been down now for seven days and counting. It hasn't been that much of an annoyance, but it did frustrate me that I wasn't able to log into Dopplr to enter my (admittedly rather boring) travel plans for the Christmas period. I was also unable to give a try, though it does say that it's a private beta so perhaps I wouldn't have been able to anyway.

I think the main thing I've learned from this downtime is that at the moment I really don't depend on my OpenID Identifier for much. The only important thing I've been blocked from doing is my duty of putting the OpenID Foundation board minutes up on the OpenID wiki, though as far as I can tell the wiki's broken right now anyway. In the new year I'm going to look into the most cost-effective way to have my identifier hosted somewhere more reliable while retaining my vanity domain name.


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    Hello, i just found you through your signing up to MyChores! :)

    There is an easy way to use OpenID with your own URL: i use and just added these three lines in the header of my webpage:

    I can't remember where i got the documentation for that, but it works a treat! If you're looking for a cost-effective method, this is practically free! Just replace 'sermoa' with your own id.

    By ext_58215 at 06:35 am on 10th Jan 2008
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      Hi Aimee. You have the dubious honour of being the first site admin to look me up based on my OpenID!

      I do actually use delegation on my main identifier; it was that which was down when I wrote this entry, though obviously since I've now signed in to MyChores I've got it working again.

      MyChores is neat idea. It attracted my attention when I saw it on the OpenID Directory because I've thought several times about creating some sort of system to keep track of when I last did various things around the house. Now I just need to persuade my housemates to join in...

      By Martin Atkins at 07:30 pm on 10th Jan 2008
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        Oh! ... excellent! :)

        Thanks! I hope you and your housemates enjoy using MyChores to keep track of stuff! :)
        By ext_58215 at 09:41 pm on 10th Jan 2008