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From: "Iain Archer" <>
Subject: Re: [STS] 1901 Census - Latest Info
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 16:24:08 -0000
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Mike, and others who emailed me,
I didn't mean that I didn't believe anyone; what I meant was that I thought
the PRO had just activated it for a short time to check it out and then
turned it off again.
I have definitely been looking at the correct page but all I got was a
standard internet "page not available" message.
However, I tried it again half an hour ago and did manage to get to the
search page, but no search is possible due to too many people using it. I
have been hitting search repeatedly for the last 30 minutes in the hope that
I may get a small gap in the server traffic but no such luck. It's worse
than trying to get through to a customer service department on
the phone :-((
I think the PRO made a big mistake with this as they must have realised what
the demand would be like. They should have put a daily search limit from any
one IP address so everyone could get a fair go at it. Although an
experienced computer user can get round an IP block easy enough it would
still have helped cut out some excessive use!
I am always a bit pessimistic but I think we are going to have to wait
weeks, if not months, for the demand to reduce before we can do anything
worthwhile with it.
> The home page of the census site has been there for at least the last
> four hours at www.census.pro.gov.uk
> The search and other facilities work from time to time as they clearly
> have a few last minute problems to sort out. You should see the home
> page with a picture of a ship on it. I suspect you have been looking at
> another part of the PRO website.
> Regards, Mike
> Iain Archer wrote:
> >I have checked a couple of times today after various messages on Gen
> >and the site is exactly the same as it has been for weeks. It is just a
> >links telling you about it and how it will work, along with a virtual
> >I don't know how some of you have been using it when it is clearly not
> >there, but I suspect maybe someone at the PRO had activated it for a
> >while, maybe for some official last minute checking, and now it has gone
> >Officially it isn't supposed to be available until tomorrow morning, and
> >that is what the site itself is saying as well as the staff via email !!
> >Iain Archer
> >Chester, Cheshire