Temporal malfunction

You may have noticed that Dave’s Archives, in a fit of celebratory humour, temporarily reverted to a two-week old version on Good Friday. So did my inbox, and for a while I thought I’d lost all my emails and blog posts since March 26.

Email isn’t a problem, because I have a convoluted forwarding scheme where, by design, I end up with three copies of all email sent to me. The blog shouldn’t have been a problem either, because it’s automatically backed up via email. I noted with some humility, however, that these particular emails were only being sent to one of my IMAP accounts – the account that had just lost the last two weeks of email.

It was eventually fixed by a poor Jumba customer rep working Good Friday.

I did find a backup, though, after rummaging around in my laptop’s IMAP cache while not connected to the Internet, but it was a few days old and missing the most recent post (before this one). I’ve since ratcheted up my backup scheme a notch.


Sadly, due to seemingly increasingly frequent downtime at bur.st, I’ve shifted Dave’s Archives over to a paid service – Jumba. In the process, I’ve discovered to my amusement and mild shock that one doesn’t actually need to use the command line anymore in order to set up a website on a Linux machine, even if you have PHP web applications with database backends. Jumba (and, I’m informed, most other web hosting services that run Linux) lets you use a web-based interface called cPanel to manipulate just about everything you could possibly want to manipulate. It even has a web-based file manager built in, which actually works in Konqueror. It even has an add-on called Fantastico, which will install and configure web applications (like WordPress) with little more than a couple of button clicks on your part. I’ve shifted the entire site – database, theme and other miscellaneous settings – without even glimpsing the command line.

I suppose a few seasoned web developers are raising their eyebrows wondering how I managed to find a rock large enough to hide under for the last five years, or for however long this sort of thing has been going on. This is a new thing for me. My brain associates “using Linux” with either GNOME, KDE or the command-line, the first two of which are (generally) irrelevant if you’re accessing the computer remotely. Nostalgia be damned. I have seen the light, and it is good.