Yes... all sites are down - and only after their issue... so I'm going to have to assume its was something caused by them if all sites that utilize MySQL are offline.
when their own PHPMyAdmin tool doesn't work then I'd have to suggest that my settings are the root cause... (however - I have had times that my settings were the cause, like after the OS upgrade to Squeeze / other - My IonCube loaders had to be changed - that one caused me approx 1.5 weeks of downtime because support never got back to me - but other sites on the VPS were working that time.)
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[i][b]Looks like they sorted it out!
Very slow but that is acceptable, given that they had a pretty heavy hardware failure issue...
Just hate being completely offline![/b][/i]