This morning there is some extended downtime and weirdness. I happened to check some temp error logs and noticed that trackback spammers have been requesting a nonexistent trackback file on the order of hundreds of times per minute. Last week I changed the default 404 to bring up the MeFi search page, so as a result the coldfusion server was getting hammered with thousands of pointless requests.
I've made some changes to the apache server, to bounce all requests for the file, but it still seems unstable after restarts. Usually after a few minutes the server rights itself so I hope to have things back up and stable again by noon. I've also turned off the jabber server just to conserve resources.