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!