With the New Day…

Oct 2, 2013 by

09-30-07autumnroad_eyesthatslay-1With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
–Eleanor Roosevelt

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A Cautionary Note

Oct 1, 2013 by

“Blessed are the Pessimists, for they hath made backups.”
— Spotted years ago on the bulletin board of an IT guy at a company I worked for

We hear it all the time: “Back up your data.” It’s not something most folks think about until that fatal moment when you go to find something – and it’s not there. I had that lovely experience recently; I we doing work on the blog after not looking at it for, well, we won’t go into that, and discovered that five years of posts had disappeared.

Cue panic.

Now, much of it was recoverable thanks to the Wayback Machine, which crawls the web and takes snapshots of publically accessible sites that allows such robots, but a good deal wasn’t. Nor could I find the backup files I’d made and downloaded to my computer (I moved this summer and many things are not where they should be, including computer files following the set up of the new network). There was a backup file on the host server – but it also omitted the last five years worth of information.

I was lucky; a phone call to my host’s tech support solved the problem. Seems my site was moved to a different server early in August and somehow the database got pointed to the wrong copy of the file. Since I was able to tell them that a week before the move, the site had still been correct (thanks again to the Wayback Machine), they were able to find a correct copy, restore that and point my site there. Yes, I lost the flailing post I made when I discovered the problem, but I can live with that. You’d better believe I made backups and loaded them down to the hard drive (where they’ll be backed up onto my Time Capsule as well). Reminder on the calendar now to make backups, as well as when to delete all but the last one from each month.

Do you have your website backed up?

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Be Kind…

Oct 1, 2013 by

09-30-07bench2_eyesthatslayBe kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
–Dalai Lama

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Happy Publication Day

Jan 28, 2013 by

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Jane Austen

Two hundred years ago today, Pride and Prejudice by “a Lady, the author of Sense and Sensibility” was published in London. Three volumes, its cost was 18 shillings.

No one had any idea then that this work would echo down two centuries and be hailed as a masterpiece of English literature. Her popularity ebbs and flows, but she has always had a devoted circle of followers, including Rudyard Kipling, who wrote:

Jane lies in Winchester, blessed be her shade!
Praise the Lord for making her, and her for all she made.
And, while the stones of Winchester – or Milsom Street – remain,
Glory, Love, and Honour unto England’s Jane!

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Sunday Quote

Jan 20, 2013 by

11-18-07dog2_eyesthatslayGo confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
— Henry David Thoreau

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Pet Peeves as a Reader

Jan 18, 2013 by

book stackOne of the joys of the rise of eBooks is being able to get hold of books I’ve read before but aren’t on my bookshelf for one reason or another. Most of the times these are wonderful trips back to familiar territory and rediscovering a story you’ve enjoyed before.

Then, there are others — and I’m enduring one of those right now. Oh, the story is still fine, even if it’s more episodice than I remember, but the format of the Kindle edition? Not happy. At this point, I can create a basic, working Table of Contents with my Scrivener software; why can’t folks who are (in theory) doing this professionally manage the same? Finding myself putting bookmarks in for chapter beginnings so I can find my way back again if necessary is not particularly appealing. To quote from A Chorus Line: “Dance – Ten. Looks – Three.”

If you’re publishing or re-publishing a book digitally, please check the copy before you release it into the wild. It just makes sense. Thank you.

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On a more pleasant note, today is the birthday of A.A. Milne, born January 18, 1882. I still have the hardback of The World of Pooh and Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne my parents gave me for my sixth birthday, and it is one of my most treasured possessions. There are times when the world is too much and I am happy to retire to the peace of the Thousand Acres Wood and pass an hour or two with Pooh, Owl, Rabbit, Piglet, and, of course, Eeyore. Thank you, sir, for all those lovely words.

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