A couple of months ago, we had a big power spike at the Billoblog household. It blew out the hard drive on my server, but hey, I’m a computer scientist and had everything backed up on a NAS drive. No problemo!
Except, of course, the NAS drive was on the same circuit as the server. Not so bright. So, I looked back among my old DVDs of backups from beforeI got my NAS, and have been able to restore the posts up to the beginning of last year. I’ve lost a year of posts. Bummer. So I’ve learned that backups arent’ enough — you have to have your backups in another location.
More important, however, I’ve lost all those wonderful comments. Sorry about that, folks. Note that a lot of the old posts say “no comments” when there really are some. That’s a database problem. The MySQL database for the WordPress I used in 2005 and the one I use now are not exactly the same, and I can’t seem to transfer the comment count exactly. However, if I *add* another comment, the count ends up correct. Go figure. I guess I could figure out how to fix that, but I doubt that enough people read the old posts to make it worthwhile. I’ve had a chance to brush up on my SQL and php, so there’s a bit of the “glass 7/8 empty” vs “glass 1/8 full” thing.
Live and learn…