Sites hosted by my hosting company, DreamHost, were down for most of yesterday after one of their routers failed; once they were back up, shortly after noon yesterday, the accumulated traffic backlog crashed several of their servers, causing even more downtime. So all of my sites, along with several tens of thousands of others, were unavailable for much of yesterday. But it looks like all is well again.
When it comes to the supply channel, I’ve noticed that Apple usually tries to err on the side of caution: better to have too little in the channel than too many. Shortages are better than unsold stock piling up in warehouses. (Remember the sudden drop-off in flat-panel iMac demand, for example.) But the iPod mini, on the other hand, is in short supply because there just aren’t enough of those little four-gigabyte hard drives available; as a result, the international release has been pushed back from April to July.
So, another parts shortage. So what does it mean? It’s at least in part due to demand forecasts that turned out to be too conservative; they would have ramped things up differently — tried to order more hard drives from Hitachi, delayed release, or delayed international release. But then if they weren’t expecting limited supply and strong demand, they wouldn’t have opted for a two-tier rollout. In any event, it’s quite different from the conventional wisdom, which was that it was going to bomb.
It’s a new manufacturer so it’s wise to be skeptical — I’ve never heard of these guys before — but a Palm-compatible SDIO WiFi card is reportedly in development. Which of course gets everyone’s hopes up, since SanDisk has repeatedly pushed back the release of its own wireless card, at least for the Palm (see previous entries: SD WiFi card delays, Delayed again).