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Published on the Doomstead Diner on June 7, 2015
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It was HELL WEEK here on the Diner.
As regular Diners know, we were down for most of this week, and have been experiencing intermittent problems since the week before that.
The problems began with malware that insinuated itself into WordPress, we're still not sure how or when it got there, whether through a plugin or a hack of some type.
This took down the Diner a few times in the prior week, but got patched a couple of times by support on the server host.
Then the real fun begins.
A new problem cropped up with MySQL on the server itself, which controls access to all the databases on the server, not just the Diner. This took down everything and everybody, including Nature Bats Last, Guy McPherson's blog. At this point the real marathon of being online nearly 24/7 exchanging support emails and chats begins.
Finally I am told that the problem is identified, it is being fixed and all will be restored "soon". So I finally go to get some sleep.
When I awaken I go back to check and I find that not only has the problem not been fixed, the Diner account on the server has been SUSPENDED! So now I get on the phone with an Account Rep to find out why and resolve that problem. Apparently the Diner was using too many resources on the server and policy is in such cases to suspend the account entirely.
This of course is absurd, especially if the customer first off is paid up well in advance, and second has been online working in good faith with the support team to resolve the problems. There are many possible alternatives to suspending the account itself, and dropping such a message everyone can read on the web.
First and easiest is to just repoint the URL to a page which says, "Website is down for Maintenance" while you go on a Search & Destroy mission to find the problem and fix it. Second, if the site is using up too much of shared server resources, you could move it temporarily to a separate server and Quarantine it while you figure out why these problems are occuring. This has the added advantage that the techies can observe the problems as they are occuring.
This came at a particularly critical moment for the Diner SUN project, which is currently hooking up with Professional Fundraisers to get funding and begin the process of translating the ideas we have discussed into real life action. How does it look to see a "Account Suspended" message to these folks?
The Diner and the SUN website represent 3 years of work and 1000s of hours & pages just by myself, not to mention the MANY people who have contributed to the Diner and SUN project over that time period. This disaster put at risk ALL of that work.
Anyhow, at this point The Database Cavalry From CaliforniaTM rides in over the hill to the rescue. It's not the first time either. In fact Doomer Support is responsible for the fact the Diner got saved in it's first major crisis, and moved the Diner from the old server we were hosted on to the one where it is now. He also has helped out in a couple of other more minor crashes we experienced in the interim. Doomer support also captured and transferred Nature Bats Last to our space when that site was under massive SPAM attack and resucitated it. The Database Cavalry From CaliforniaTM is the Crash Cart for Doomer Blogs on the ropes. LOL.
So now the account is finally unsuspended, and the website goes back up, but now the Database is missing at least half of the material that was dropped on there, and not only that but it is also corrupted by material in French from some other website probably also hosted on the same server.
So now another Site Restore with a Backup Copy has to be done, and fortunately somebody captured a good copy on June 3rd, either Doomer Support or the Host Support people, because none of the backups I tried to capture worked properly.
In the end, we got just about all of it back, except it is currently missing the Slider that Featured recent articles, and one Draft I had going was not captured. Hopefully we will get the Slider reloaded at some point in the future, because I really liked that widget.
What this whole experience reinforced with me is something I have always known, which is that all the stuff you drop on the net is time limited, ephemeral and can disappear in an INSTANT. While deep in the midst of the crisis, I wrote the following on the Diner Beta Forum I set up during an earlier crash on the Free Space of Create-a-Forum
On Losing the Diner
« on: Today at 05:46:24 am »
It is Thursday Morning June 4, 2015, 2AM AK Time.
As of right now, all the material on the Doomstead Diner, thousands of pages put up by myself and other Diners is currently lost and inaccessible on the web.
There is apparently now a problem with MySQL on our server host the Code Jockeys are working to fix, and hopefully they will succeed.
Doomer Support took a backup copy of the Diner yesterday, so hopefully the material will all be retrieved at some future date on some server.
However, I have have always known this is all time limited, and really about nobody goes back and looks at archives in a Blog anyhow. What you write on a Blog only lasts a few days to a month before nobody ever reads it again.
So if it all is gone for good, so be it. Some people read the stuff when it was fresh and first came off my keyboard. That is good enough.
In terms of keeping the Doomstead Diner going, I will give it a week or so, and if the Code Jockeys at ASO and Doomer Support cannot resurect the Diner, then I will simply start over, first here and then with a Blogspot or free WP Blog, and point the DoomsteadDiner.net and DoomsteadDiner.com that way.
I'm not going to quit writing about collapse on the net until I croak. I'm not going to quit ranting either, and at least last I checked Diner Soundcoud was still running. If/When it collapses, I'll find other free cloud storage for mp3s and drop them on there.
Today's project will be setting up a new Doomstead Diner Beta Blog on Blogspot or WordPress. I won't switch the URL pointer to that for at least a week or so. I think Doomer Support and the Code Jockeys at ASO will get this fixed here, so I'm not going to prematurely jump the gun and flip the switch over on the URL yet.
No matter what occurs here, the Doomstead Diner has been a Great Adventure for me over these last few years, and I do know that what I wrote reached many people. That is good enough. The internet will not last forever, probably not more than another 20 years IMHO. About Nobody goes back to read the old stuff anyhow. What I wrote, what I thought does exist somewhere, and will for all eternity. It cannot be destroyed, it cannot be hacked.
Tomorrow is another day I will carry on here, and spend my day chatting with support to fix the Diner. I am not worried about this though one way or the other. I will keep writing and ranting no matter what until I Buy My Ticket to the Great BeyondTM.
Anyhow, ephemeral or not, time limited or not, I never QUIT. I am working on creating other forms of Backup so that on occasions this sort of shit goes down, there will be places for Diners to go to get information on the latest in Doom, even if all the old information disappears. I wrote this one on the Diner Forum once we got that back up:
As of yet, not a whole lot of Content in either location.
The Beta Forum mostly contains messages about our various crashes over time, and likely will not have a whole lot more than that ever. I'm not gonna try and copy over posts from this Forum to that one, not enough hours in the day for that one. LOL.
On the Beta Blog, I will paste over just Text from Blogs on the Diner from the Native Diners. No Cross Posting Bloggers. No multimedia, maybe some pics if they paste easy, haven't tried it yet. At 5/day, I should get them all pasted over in 6 months or so, maybe less.
Because it is FREE on Google, this Blog will stay up just about as long as the net does.
Since several Diners suffered Withdrawal Symptoms when the Diner crashed today (including me!), this is INSURANCE you can get your Diner Fix even on Crash Days by hitting either of the above links, I am sure to be posting on the latest Collapse issue for the Diner there if I am still above ground. I suggest BOOKMARKING them for real Diner Addicts.
The first Article is UP on the New Diner Blog, which you can read by clicking on the Link above.
As far as all the Audio goes, with each account you make on Spreaker you get 10 hours of FREE Audio Storage space! You can make such an account with any legit email account you have to validate it. Just on FREE accounts on Google and Yahoo you guys would not believe how many I have. LOL. I can also make UNLIMITED new email accounts on the Diner as long as I have it running, and once validated you don't really need it anymore. So I can essentially get unlimited FREE Audio storage this way.
Far as the Rants go, they average around 9min and I have around 140 of them for 1260 total minutes, or a little over 20 hours. I can fit them all on 3 Google or Yahoo email IDs I have EZ, without even making more email addys on the Diner! To get all the Interviews up on FREE space, I would need to use more email addys.
For the Vids, they are ALREADY on FREE YouTube space!
So once I get the material moved to all these FREE spaces, it stays up until either these websites/companies collapse, or the Internet Goes DarkTM
If/When the Diner goes down AGAIN, we jump to the FREE space! No down time for Diner Addicts this way!
I am going to be the most Resilient Web Junkie on the Net! They will not shut me up until they pry my cold dead fingers off the fucking keyboard!
P.S.-I am reposting this to the Beta Forum!
It ain't OVAH until the Fat Lady Sings. Not until the Internet Goes DarkTM or I Buy My Ticket to the Great BeyondTM or they pack me off to GITMO will the Doomstead Diner disappear from the net, in some form, somewhere.
THE DOOMSTEAD DINER!