SmallWeb Suffers “Catastrophic Data Loss” in London

Smallweb LogoA user on LowEndTalk reported that shared hosting provider SmallWeb has emailed customers to report that their London shared hosting has suffered a “catastrophic data loss”.

“Dear friend,

At 6:03PM UK time on 25th July 2021 I received an email stating that the server and licenses for London were suspended.

Shortly after, I was alerted that the service was infact terminated in error by the infrastructure provider’s WHMCS installation as opposed to being suspended.

Because of this, I am sorry to tell you that catastrophic data loss has occurred in London. With the server terminated, no live data remains.”

They are still undertaking emergency measures to attempt to restore service and backups.

SmallWeb also suffered a serious issue in January 2020 in their Los Angeles location which required the immediate closure of the site.

This news highlights the need for users to always have their own backups and not rely on a provider’s backups.

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I’m Andrew, techno polymath and long-time LowEndTalk community Moderator. My technical interests include all things Unix, perl, python, shell scripting, and relational database systems. I enjoy writing technical articles here on LowEndBox to help people get more out of their VPSes.

uk – Why does London have 6 international airports?

The London area has six international airports: City, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, and Southend, all offering commercial passenger flights. Some are rather far away from central London, however, and more than 70% of passengers travel through Heathrow or Gatwick. There’s also a much larger number of airports in the area primarily used by general aviation.

The simplest explanation for this number is that a number of the airports are more-or-less at capacity (or at least were before the pandemic). London City has a single very short runway, cannot be practically expanded due to geography, and has a nighttime curfew, so it’s pretty much doing all it can. Heathrow runs at nearly its full runway capacity, to the extent landing slots sold in the tens of millions of dollars pre-pandemic; adding an additional runway at Heathrow has been an extremely contentious issue for many years. Gatwick also uses a substantial portion of its runway capacity, and was pushing plans before the pandemic to make use of an additional runway to accommodate more traffic. So that’s three of the airports operating near capacity and yet still more travel demand: what’s there to do but serve more airports?

Indeed, some of the less desirable airports like Luton are primarily used by low-cost carriers.

It’s a lot of airports, but not uniquely. The New York (Newark, JFK, LaGuardia, Islip, White Plains, Stewart, plus charter flights in/out of Teterboro and other assorted options like the seaplane base) and Los Angeles (LAX, Burbank, Long Beach, Orange County, Ontario) metropolitan areas have roughly equivalent numbers of commercial airports as London. Cities with growing air travel demand can pretty much either keep expanding an airport with room to grow, distribute traffic among a larger number of regional airports, or embrace the megaproject of building a whole new airport somewhere farther away, and London has largely chosen the middle path.

uk – Why does London have 6 airports?

The London area has six international airports: City, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, and Southend, all offering commercial passenger flights. Some are rather far away from central London, however, and more than 70% of passengers travel through Heathrow or Gatwick. There’s also a much larger number of airports in the area primarily used by general aviation.

The simplest explanation for this number is that a number of the airports are more-or-less at capacity (or at least were before the pandemic). London City has a single very short runway, cannot be practically expanded due to geography, and has a nighttime curfew, so it’s pretty much doing all it can. Heathrow runs at nearly its full runway capacity, to the extent landing slots sold in the tens of millions of dollars pre-pandemic; adding an additional runway at Heathrow has been an extremely contentious issue for many years. Gatwick also uses a substantial portion of its runway capacity, and was pushing plans before the pandemic to make use of an additional runway to accommodate more traffic. So that’s three of the airports operating near capacity and yet still more travel demand: what’s there to do but serve more airports?

Indeed, some of the less desirable airports like Luton are primarily used by low-cost carriers.

It’s a lot of airports, but not uniquely. The New York (Newark, JFK, LaGuardia, Islip, White Plains, Stewart, plus charter flights in/out of Teterboro and other assorted options like the seaplane base) and Los Angeles (LAX, Burbank, Long Beach, Orange County, Ontario) metropolitan areas have roughly equivalent numbers of commercial airports as London. Cities with growing air travel demand can pretty much either keep expanding an airport with room to grow, distribute traffic among a larger number of regional airports, or embrace the megaproject of building a whole new airport somewhere farther away, and London has largely chosen the middle path.

uk – Why does London have between 6-11 airports?

This might be better suited for Aviation.SE, but I’ll give it a crack anyway. It really comes down to two things:

  1. London is, by most measures, the world’s single largest blob (to use the technical term) of people who want to fly, with some 180 million passengers across those airports in 2019. For comparison, the world’s biggest single airports barely crack 100M, so it’s clear you need at least two airports to handle the load.
  2. Greater London is congested, unusually low-rise/sprawling and severely lacking in places to build new airports, much less expand old ones.

It’s fairly common for a city to outgrow one airport and need to build a second one further away. London has the rare distinction of having outgrown two airports simultaneously: Heathrow (in normal times, anyway) runs at full capacity and then some, with plans to build a third runway stuck in an endless bureaucracic quagmire, while Gatwick is stuck with a single runway and no way to expand that either. Hence the growth of Luton, Stansted and recently Southend, which basically absorb the overflow that LHR/LGW cannot, and that’s how London got to 5 airports. Also, if you look at the map below, you can see that these five airports are in different cardinal directions, which also helps serve local passengers without requiring them to trek across the city.

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(courtesy Wikipedia)

London’s sixth airport, City, is a comparatively central and new operation developed primarily to serve business passengers doing short hops and willing to pay top dollar for the privilege. Its runway is too short to cater to larger planes, so it serves only a fraction of the big boys’ flights.

And that’s really pretty much it for the airports with scheduled passenger services. The remaining airfields in the greater London cater only to general aviation (private flight, hobbyists etc) and don’t make much of a dent at all in that 180M figure.

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I’m Andrew, techno polymath and long-time LowEndTalk community Moderator. My technical interests include all things Unix, perl, python, shell scripting, and relational database systems. I enjoy writing technical articles here on LowEndBox to help people get more out of their VPSes.

london – Virgin Atlantic – Approved COVID-19 Test Centres

Has anyone recently (within the past 3 months) travelled with Virgin Atlantic (United Kingdom) with their negative PCR test? If so, could you kindly share the details of where you have found this information?

We need to travel for some family emergency and are discovering that there is a huge inconsistency between what is mentioned in Virgin Atlantic website and what happens during departure day. Several folks have been denied boarding. It’d be good to know from someone who’s done this.

Regards,

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Has anyone recently (within the past 3 months) travelled with Virgin Atlantic (United Kingdom) with their negative PCR test? If so, could you kindly share the details of where you have found this information?

We need to travel for some family emergency and are discovering that there is a huge inconsistency between what is mentioned in Virgin Atlantic website and what happens during departure day. Several folks have been denied boarding. It’d be good to know from someone who’s done this.

Regards,

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