March 7: Stefan
Geens, New York
Admit it. You missed
Sighs. And I need to take most of the blame for the site being down
so long. But first the good news: We're back, and it's better than
Remember way back in
1994 when email first hit SAIS in Washington? That was because Manuel
Terranova had talked the administration into doing business with
Digital Nation, a company that provided email to students until
SAIS managed to get a place on the Johns Hopkins servers.
That relationship led
to sighs.com sitting on a server in Maryland somewhere, where it
sat until late last year. Our web hoster got bought, and bought
again, until we were being served by a company whose two customers
were basically the US government and I.
Flattering, but not ideal.
We had some outages, and not the kind of support that other newer
web hosters could give.
And in the meantime,
I started doing much more web stuff at work, so I was not always
looking forward to sitting in front of a screen at home.
Technology to the rescue:
Now that we've switched web hosters, you can make sighs yourself,
using forums. They get
updated instantly, and you can use them for any conceivable purpose:
For updates, for your favorite rant, to announce events to the group...
And you can reply to anybody else's post.
And there is password
protection. Rosa Emilia Moreno called me up 2 months ago, shocked,
soon after she had typed her own name into yahoo.com and discovered
anybody could look her up on sighs.com. To gain access to the forums
(fora?) you'll need to pass a mini quiz on your SAIS knowledge (but
you can always email me if you fail the test...:-). This way the
employers of the world are safely held at bay from the more honest
Keep on sending pictures
to firstname.lastname@example.org and
I'll keep on putting them up on special pages. Expect traditional
updates in the coming days as I go through a substantial backlog
of photos and posts from the past months.
Thanks for your visits
and participation over the years--it makes this site meaningful.
Keep it up.