The Squid Zone has, for a number of years, run in the Amazon cloud. It is an instance in a pool of (presumably virtual) servers. Without getting into the obscene technical details, this affords a nice web-based interface to control most aspects of the server, and I can log in with a terminal session to do the hands-on administration that needs to be done.
Because I had a lot of data, years of stuff, I used to make bi-weekly copies of the image, and keep the previous backup. Each time I made an image, I’d restore it to check that it worked.
Finally in … March 2013 I think it was, I logged in to do the usual maintenance. I made an image, shut down the server, and loaded the image. It crapped out hard. No problem, I have the known-working image from a couple weeks ago, thought I.
So I loaded that image, and it crapped out.
Unable to load either image, all was lost. Poof! 7 years of blog gone into the ether. That’s all it took. At that point, I had to decide to continue fresh, or give it up, and I gave it up: I wanted the break.
Time has marched on, and I want to be back at it again. Also, I have a different strategy for preserving my content now 🙂
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