So, about 12noon AZT, blackhatmagick.com went offline. I grabbed my cell and called Elaine once I noticed—at about 3pm AZT, when I was finally awake from an unexpected nap.
I had to move the flat screen monitor from Pixie over to Willowisp to get a look at the boot screen. She was up, running, and happy. I ran through a gauntlet of UNIX commands like “ifconfig” and “ip link” and “mii-tool” and discovered that both the ethernet card (eth0) and the cable were fine. In fact, thanks to mii-tool, I was able to determine that the cable itself had an actual link (no physical failure.)
Eventually, I relented and killed the CISCO cable modem. Up, down, and viola, she’s back online.
Now I just have to wait for ProjectWonderful to discover that the site is operating again and unsuspend my advertisements.
Oh, also, I have a nosebleed for no apparent reason.