I’ve always believed that variety is the spice of life and mundanity is something vegetarians eat and waste away to. That’s why I’ve always used the Variety Method of backing up my websites. Part of my backup here, some files over there, a dump of the database cunningly zipped under an obscure name and loaded onto a digital camera’s memory card for a laugh in this, et cetera. It’s either because I harbour a hatred of future historians and want to make it difficult for them to recreate my life or I’m teetering on the edge of insanity.

Anyway, as you can probably tell, this method has a drawback when I need to restore data. Especially when my Variety Method of backing up not only relates to where things are but also when I perform the related tasks. You might have noticed but in case you haven’t then I’ll tell you: I’ve lost several weeks worth of data. That’s several weeks of comments, several weeks of posts, and several weeks of referral traffic trying to spam numerous gambling websites and, more recently, fake search sites trying to cash in on Google ads. Gone forever are such gems as the recent Who Rules Planet Earth and the 50 Things To Do With Animal Heads articles, both of which were plugged on various other sites and sent a great deal of traffic this way. Gone too is Miss England with its lovely comment from Miss Cornwall too, that one about my garden and its froads, and something about suicide. The one about my new car? Yes, that’s gone too but it was rubbish anyway. The article and not my car. My car is lovely. Even if there are no instructions on how to use the voice commands.

Side-note: does anyone know the voice commands for a Sony VoiceDrive CD system? I’ve got ‘CD’, ‘Radio’, ‘Phone’, ‘AM’, and ‘FM’ sussed. ‘Store’ stored my voice and not a preset station like I was hoping. I now can’t get rid of my voice. ‘Tune’ seemed to have some effect too and the car asked me for a directory name. I asked it what it was talking about and it told me my command had been cancelled. I said "Cancelled! Me! You bleeding upstart! I’ll show you the meaning of cancelled!" and an argument then raged on for several hours. A crowd gathered outside my now misted-up car and I regretted using the QuickClear system as many of them were truly appalling specimens of humanity. Under cover of darkness I slinked out of my car (with an electric shock through the fingers as usual) and have been seething ever since.

But back to the topic at hand: arse! Data loss. Sigh. So it looks like I might need to start a proper backup regime. How terribly, terribly sensible.

And now a message from Pope Benedict XVI:

Hey kids! Don’t be like Mark! Backup your data regularly!

Okay, once a year is technically regular so make that regularly and frequently!

Author: Mark

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  1. At least you were able to recover your ID post, which is my favourite all-time neonny and bubbly writing of all my all-time favourite neonny an bubbly favourite writings!

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  2. That sucks very big balls indeed.


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  3. Gia: yes it does, but it’s a learning experience. Sadly, I’m a poor teacher and the lesson probably won’t stick.

    Recidivist: I was seriously thinking about it. Especially when my wireless network card went and stopped working the day after all this blew up. Had a feeling I was being sent a message from on high. Turns out it was just coincidence though so screw you God. Just kidding. No I’m not.

    BS: Yes, if that post had been lost too then I’d have probably had to have sat down and had a really big lip-chew coupled with an utterance of the word ‘Drat!’ Luckily it never came to that nightmare scenario.

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  4. Considering this (Ne0nbubble) is the only website I actually read may I make a suggestion? Great! Very easlily set up…and it will insure I don’t start my day with a blank white page. Need a server and an IP to host it just let me know. I am in the process of setting up my domains as we speak. I mean what would the world be without MC right?

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  5. I hear that Pope Benedict XVI regularly backs up his cardinals, but that could just be malicious gossip.

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  6. Malice – I’m flattered that this is the only site you read. Unbelieving but flattered. I’ll look into writing an automatic static mirror backup once I tie down all the bits and pieces and get Web Nymph back up too.

    Frank – you’re my only source for Vatican gossip.

    Ruggybabs – thanks.

    Lisa – Waiting for host to install a library I need on this new server. When they do it’ll spring to life again. Lost all the headlines and users since August 5th on that too. That’ll please a lot of people.

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  7. Sad yet true. I tried reading other sites however it’s all the same old crap over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. Or usually some shitty blog or just porn. Which sucks.

    P.S. I don’t get out much. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am serious if you need hosting help. I have servers up the ass and IP’s to boot. FOC of course. The only time I have hardware issues is when I punch the servers for looking at me oddly.

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  8. Commiseration’s on the loss ov sum ov ur posts Mark!

    Especially since a few ov dem ‘sum’, contained wot I considered my best n humorous comments (yes I didn’t save or back em up chuh!)

    That apart, there can be no denying neonbuble is one of the wonders of the blogisphere n I genuinely enjoy reading your threads and the other contributers comments shame!

    A lesson learnt I’ll save my comments in Wordpad from now on

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  9. I found an SD card down the back of my sofa. containing a zip file named ‘neonbible archives’.
    Is it yours?

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