Archives for: July 2005, 27

07/27/05

  11:17:17 am, by The Dreamer   , 419 words  
Categories: General

I think I've fallen into Internet Purgatory....

...or something. XX(

Last night, without any prior warning (unlike previous times), my other Internet hosting provider took my site (and all the other shared hosted sites) down to do a hard drive replacement.

Then thing went from bad to worse. Apparently last week, when doing their monthly maintenance they noticed that the drive had failed and the mirror was now also failing. So, they scheduled a dual drive replacement. Only problem is the data center did the replacement in the wrong order and...destroyed the 'backup'.

Apparently, daily backups means RAID1? Because, now their only option was to restore from offsite backups....which are only done quarterly, so they restored the system to "May 2005".

I can kind of accept the website loss, the bulk of that website is static content and I have copies of all that...the big changes in May and onward were my vacation pictures and I had started updating my resume. Well, and the removal of my guestbook, which was mainly just attracting spam. But, it was around that time that I started a photoblog....

At least I did a dump before I went on vacation last month...so only two entires were lost, one I made while on vacation and one since then.

Though the disruption to Email was much more annoying. I'm dying from the lack of it, and being that I'm in the active job hunt stage....I'm depending on it heavily. And, I had apparently made some setup changes since May, inaddition to the ones I remember. So, I'm anxious to get in there and get that working again.

Related to email, was I had started a mailing list to try to keep in touch with my fellow co-workers that were also all laid off last week. Perhaps I'll host a group somewhere else for that....

Apparently, that hosting provider had contracted out datacenter operations to another company 2 years ago....which I remember vaguely as when they moved to new hardware (kind of good), but broke all my Perl scripts....require me to figure out enough PHP to get things working again.

Meanwhile, just to further compound things....a few hours later, I lose access to this site...apparently some kind of network issue. Which is good, because I don't think I could handle data loss with this site. I should probably plan to make some personal backups. But, I depend on this site a bit more, because the email that I've been apply to jobs with is hosted here.

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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