As employees try to keep sites up, crisis manager's blog offers vivid details

Even as its employees sleep on the office floor, breathing diesel fumes from a generator and watching looters from their windows, a Web company in New Orleans vows it won't let the hurricane shut it down.

Employees of Intercosmos Media Group Inc. have been holed up in a 27-story skyscraper since Sunday morning, according to crisis manager Michael Barnett.

They are trying to keep their data center alive and with it some 800,000 Web sites that would otherwise go offline, including online backup site Intercosmos also is responsible for 1.2 million Web site names registered through