Wonder if there is something with Windows or Internet Explorer ? I use Linux and Firefox
It's variable, that's for sure, and possibly you may not see it as much as I do. I think the time of day has a fair bit to do with it. I use Firefox on a Mac, but when I sit there watching the "loading" symbol for the Arduino forum I can promptly browse other sites. And the message about "SMF cannot connect to server" says to me "server problem".
Ironically it happened again
while I was typing this reply. I had to refresh about 10 times to even get the page up. Here, look:
See the "Transferring data from arduino.cc" down the bottom? It just sits there doing that, with half a page up. I typed the whole reply (apart from this last bit) and it was just sitting there. It's like the server drops the connection.
Just to check, while I was waiting for this reply to go through, I got onto YouTube, and promptly started watching a video. Now videos have a much higher bandwith than text. So it's not my end.
It's truly hopeless, I don't know of any other site that is like this.
Oh, and while I try 20 times to post this, I now see this:
Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator, email@example.com
and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.
More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
Now you can't tell me that is a problem in Australia. Clearly a server error.
… inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error. …
Yes, I was trying to reply to a post.