Blame it on the Computer
Last night's Iowa caucus fiasco is blamed on computer issues, but it only serves to reinforce why we must plan ahead with back-up technology or procedures.
We had a similar issue at Thursday night's online auction. The catalog with the bidding platform and registrations is located on the bidding platform's server in Florida. For some unknown reason, no one could register, place a bid or contact me via the bidding platform with questions. I personally tried from 5:30 p.m. until 6:05 p.m. before I could see the closing proceed. At that, the connection was lost several times before it stayed up around 6:10 p.m.
Yes, unfortunately, we rely on technology for convenience. And unfortunately, the early lots may not have received bid advances; however, early Thursday I did remind everyone on the email lists to register and place their max bids to let the computer bid on their behalf.
Sure there is the choice not to place a max bid: you don't want to show your hand; you may want to bid higher if the bidding is very active on a lot your REALLY want; however, it is an option for you.
Servers go down. Fortunately, for us and the Iowa caucus, the computer glitches this week were not a matter of life and death. Take a deep breath. There is always tomorrow and the next find.