The Obscure Organization
The Obscure Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that promotes community and creativity through technology. We provide free resources and training to people and organizations hoping to advance their use of technology in non-commercial creative works and community-building efforts.
Service Interruption due to Derecho Storm
(posted July 5th, 2012)
From approximately midnight on Saturday, June 30th to midnight on Tuesday, June 3rd, obscure.org was down due to a power outage in the wake of a massive derecho storm that left the DC area bruised. Most mail should get delivered and things should be back to normal within 24 hours. I found and fixed several problems with DNS redundancy during the outage. If you don't measure it, it's not science, and if you don't monitor it, it's not production-ready.
We may need to spend some money on a generator to avoid such a long outage in the future. Please consider donating to Obscure if you can.
We give away free Obscure user accounts to anyone who asks politely. You can use an Obscure user account for email, web hosting, programming, and other non-commercial purposes. People have used their Obscure accounts to host web sites for non-profit organizations, to further their own education, to host their personal web sites, and to collaborate with other Obscure users on projects.
We try to help connect Obscure users with one another. People in the Obscure community often help each other, both by teaching each other effective uses of technology, and by providing constructive feedback on creative projects. This furthers learning both by those seeking help and by the informal mentors who provide help.
For older news, see our News Archive.
A visit to The Obscure Organization
may cause you to think.
Thinking has been known to cause severe pain
in the heads of the close-minded.