It's like a hangover so bad, I lost two months of my memory.

 
 

It's like a hangover so bad, I lost two months of my memory.

Hello all. And a happy 2009.

Mine isn't happy. It hasn't been happy since 2 pm on the 31st of December 2008 when the adland server - named AMMO - crashed badly for the third time and took all it's backups with it.

This is not ammo that we are running on now. I do not trust ammo anymore, despite new discs (twice) new chassi (twice) and new kernel, that Dell PE2950 twin Quad Core Xeon is without a doubt the most crash-prone machine that I have ever encountered, and there still no word as to why it crashed like that. Three times. Taking three out of six RAID5 discs into never-never-bit-land. Yes, the impossible happened to me, thrice.

So here we are running on a slow previous machine with old backups and as you can see, much is lost. While I do my best to recreate all those posts, I can not recreate users through a series of wild guesses. I can not recreate user uploaded files (but will be fetching as much as I can from various caches on the web) - and all the while, I was working to fix things before the superbowl - and yes all of that work is lost too.

Pardon me if I'm a tad too depressed to elaborate further, I'm also quite busy as we will now have to move this to another machine and that takes some doing (ever seen an Art Director do data migration before? ha!) Because, as always, I am the one that will be doing everything. We don't have a crew of clever techies working for us, just this crazy Art Director here doing her very best. You may hate that your favorite video is now offline (at the moment, but I will get everything back, I'll work day and night I promise), you may curse loudly that your account was wiped, I totally understand. Just remember, my heart is broken too.

I'll give more updates as I have time to share them.

Meanwhile, just so that people don't run into bugs, the signups are off, and the upgrades are off. Luckily I have a copy of those updates in another machines as well - so those who lost upgraded accounts please forward your latest receipt to host -at - ad-rag.com and I'll get you (and a new account) sorted as soon as I can.

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Glad to see the site back

Glad to see the site back up. I was wondering what happened over the holidays!

I wish it never had. Just

I wish it never had. Just completed so much work on that server and it just took it all down with it in a flaming crash. I have notes all over the place, sure, but it will be a magic trick to sort this back out (and FAST!). Not to mention several hundred ad postings. Argh. Plus I feel really bad about the lost users accounts

Bummer! Well, welcome back

Bummer! Well, welcome back anyway, and Happy New Year.

Glad to see that

Glad to see that everything's up and running again. Keep up the good work!

"I have memory and

"I have memory and awareness
But I have no shape or form
As a disembodied spirit
I am dead and yet unborn'

- RUSH, "Cygnus X-1"

Wow. That comment was a

Wow. That comment was a definite blast from the past. :)

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