The positive: YakAlike and all services are back up and running.
The negative: A whole week of downtime… yuck!
All major hardware components of the main server running YakAlike, Carpool Connect and some other small applications have been replaced. Things started out about a month ago when the server crashed randomly and needed several hard reboots. The road to recovery started with replacement of the CPU fan and hard drive. Then came a complete replacement of all major hardware. The old hard drive was FedExed to me for recovery. Things seem stable now, so hopefully no more service interruptions will be experienced. When those big ad revenues are coming in a more reliable solution will be in place.
I am particularly interested in setting things up on Amazon’s EC2 service. This should eliminate any worries about hardware failures. I’m just waiting for them to allow a new round of accounts to use it.