Silja Europa (live position), a rather large passenger ferry (photos), has some steering issues, and is currently doing circles near Åland. News in Finnish: hs.fi, iltasanomat.fi. There are 1659 people onboard, but there is no immediate danger, since the ship can still steer using the propellers, although in a rather coarse manner.
Another small bit of news is that I've disabled anonymous commenting on this blog due to comment spam - I'm getting tired of manually deleting all the spam. From now on, you'll need a Google account to comment, or an account on one of the supported OpenID-enabled services. Sorry for the trouble.
During the last couple weeks I've been working on making the service UTF-8 clean for proper universal text messaging. It almost works in my testing installation, but there are still some quirks I need to clean up.
I've also installed a new database replica server at another physical site in downtown Helsinki, so that I'm able to bring the service alive without significant data loss in case of a complete hosting site loss (fire, flooding, extended network outage). The main servers are located in Espoo, Finland.