NLJ connection issues for Jackson webcast

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Those of you struggling to connect to the New Law Journal’s site to hear the much-hyped webcast with Lord Jackson (much-hyped by me quite apart from the NLJ), may like to know that the rest of us have the same problem.

There seems to be a database connection issue, which existed when I tested it first thing today but righted itself during the morning. Now it has gone again. I do not think this is just because thousands of us are trying – that would not have been the case earlier.

Another use for Twitter emerged during the NLJ’s database connection debâcle – it took seconds to hear from four or five people with the same problem, which at least showed each of us that the problem was not just with our own connections. The final message in the sequence read “Sod the webcast – need some lunch”.

Quite what it will do for those whom we seek to convert to technology that this apparently simple task foundered on connection issues is hard to predict. My screen turned pink at one point and displayed a stream of messages announcing “MySQL server has gone away” – along with the audience, alas.

Let us hope that the NLJ managed to press the “record” button on the tape recorder all right, and that they will offer us all (and not just their subscribers) a chance to catch up with the webcast as a reward for our attempted diligence.


About Chris Dale

I have been an English solicitor since 1980. I run the e-Disclosure Information Project which collects and comments on information about electronic disclosure / eDiscovery and related subjects in the UK, the US, AsiaPac and elsewhere
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