Guess what

I am doing late at night? Making backups! =) Because the host provider fails to put backupping back up! (funny sentence :)) This time I’ll copy the backup to my local machine too. 😉 Should I burn it? :-p

I’m giving up…

*rant alert*
Okay, I fear I’ll have to face the truth: HostForWeb (the web hoster for this site) truly succeeded to mess thing up totally. First I couldn’t believe it: which web provider creates daily backups and fails to notice when something goes wrong? This server has been trouble from in the beginning. Complaints about the slugginess were heard, but not solved. They were talking about too much IO on our VPS. D’uh, if you have disks crashing, the RAID configuration becomes more stressed. 😉 So finally, some disks probably stopped working totally, giving some signal to support. That’s too late of course. Still, after some time, they were solving the problem and everything seemed alright, no data lost. Except, there was a permission error on a temp dir which stopped the mysql server from working. So they decided to restore a backup. Alright for me, except… they forgot they didn’t make backups the last weeks… So data got lost!

I’m telling this all in one post, but I can reassure you reality was less smooth. It took days & weeks until they would admit this! Either HFW is totally understaffed, either there are too little experienced support people. In general I would not complain that much about HFW support, but this incident was simply over the edge.

Data loss could have been easily prevented. In my case, I only lost some mail and posts, but suppose you use your site for more serious ($ping$ping$) stuff? Still, I’m quite pissed off since I just wrote 2 rather long posts about my cell phone and about SED monitors. Oh well 🙂

Anyhow, I tried to recover as much as could from any cache I could find on the internet. Google seems to cache quite fine, except the latest posts who were only a few days on the net. So I tried several blog searches which all had some pieces; some more than the other, if you digged deep enough.
The funny thing is, I just upgraded my wordpress the night before the data loss. So I _had_ a backup of the database, I _had_ a backup of my wordpress. If only they didn’t nicely overwrite my home dir with an older version :roll eyes:. So for me, it was a quite frustrating experience. 😉

Sorry for ranting so much, but as you can see, I still can’t accept the facts.. ;-p

What I will do now, is repost all old posts with what I recovered from the internet caches. Where information is lost, I’ll link to this posts to clarify. I’m currently not in the mood to rewrite everything (I even can’t remember all the freaky details I like to whine about ;)). I will keep the original dates, so it may become a little confusing. =)

WordPress upgrade

Finally upgraded my wordpress to the 2.xx series. Seemed to be about time. 😉 I hesitated a bit because I feared I would need to do special tricks to keep my Coppermine plugin working, but it seems to have survived quite fine, great plugin. 😛 😉 To keep my blog in a solid state while upgrading, I installed a site-unavailable plugin. Worked OK. For spam catching, I thought I’d give the now included Akismet plugin, ….

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Hi Mobistar. Bye Mobistar.

I didn’t even make my first call and I’ve already had it with Mobistar.. For 3 WORKDAYS already, I’m waiting for my cell’s SIM card to be activated!! What kind of service is that to NEW customers?? I could as well cancel my subscription and switch to Proximus.

Mattiesworld meets Orangeworld

It finally happened! I bought a cell phone. 🙂 The mobile market is just HUGE. There is a huge number of available models, even within one company! I was astonished. 🙂 I tried the Nokia site and the Sony Ericsson site, whether they could help me out which profile I have. Nokia and SE seem like the major brands to me. I don’t know how big SE is, but somehow I felt comfortable with these 2. They didn’t seem to help much though…

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Portable putty

Putty is one of those things a web administrator (still 😉 ) living in a Windows environment can’t live without. Even if you’re a linux user, going abroad, you may be forced to use a Windows system. In any case then, it would be handy to have your settings with you on USB. This is when PortaPutty comes in handy ! 🙂


Still handling the oldies… 😉
This time an example of a quite impressive implementation of the concept “dynamic webpage”. I know, it’s more normal these days with upcoming personalized google search pages and so on, but still, I think it’s a nice achievement.


Most of you probably know about this tool already. I just know it for the last year. Ever wanted to be able to measure your framerate in about any game/3D app? Fire up Fraps. Also supports screenshots and movie recording.

Where is SED?

This is one of my really old drafts. More than half a year ago I was looking for
a new monitor and had a hard time deciding whether it would be an LCD or CRT one.
Everyone buys an LCD these days, so what is my problem?
LCD advantages:
– weight
– less space needed

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. 😉 Now, where does SED come in? I just wanted to spread the word. SED is for me the solution to my

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