MSN revisited… or not

MSN has become a mildly amusing service. According to “this thread”: on the Opera forums, Opera users are being sent a HTTP/500 Server too busy error if they want to visit “”:, while users of other browsers can get in just fine.

I had to test, and the message reads:

Sorry, due to heavy traffic on the network, the page you’re trying to reach is temporarily unavailable.

You can:
Wait a few minutes and try again.
Click your browser’s Refresh button now to try reconnecting.
Click your browser’s Back button to return to the previous page.

I then tested with other browsers, like Mozilla, IE and Lynx and got in. Microsoft and MSN have a “history of shooting themselves with inethical anticompetitive behavior”: I don’t have too many doubts they’re firing another round of .45 in their feet.
*Update:* Apparently, this error seems to be incompetence, deliberate or not. “This message in opera.general”: reveals that this is an issue with’s handling of the HTTP Accept Language header Opera is sending.

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  1. Just stumbled across this while googling “msn – server too busy”.
    Today is May 22… I have IE 5.5 and get the same error while going to MSN.
    I don’t think it’s just for Opera users. I guess the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. 😉
    (sorry, couldn’t resist.)