Will the phoenix rise again?

[UPDATE]: I have started restoring the posts from the captain’s log. It seems I was able to collect nearly all of them 🙂

Yes, Aeon’s EVE has seen its share of troubles lately. One of my server’s RAID drives died, and my webhoster managed to turn a neat failsafe system into an utter nightmare. For some obscure reason it was not possible to recover some of the data, among which was the Captain’s Log database. To make a long story short, the entirety of my three years of EVE blogging is gone.

Or is it? A good hot bathtub will do wonders to relax, and that’s where I got my idea. Desperate times call for desperate measures – in this case, raiding the google cache. Google has a copy of almost every post I ever published in its cache, and even if it is a daunting task to retrieve them that way, I prefer that to just letting it go.

The devil hides around every corner though. Can you believe that my data retrieval spree was ended by none other than google itself? I made a search within my domain name, and patiently right-clicked and saved all the cache links. Until google told me that I am probably an evil robot leeching its pages and rather politely but firmly told me to get lost. I was speechless, and stared at the message for a while, wondering if a heavy battle axe could be a solution in this surreal situation.

The thing is, I did not get this far just to give up. I will wait until the IP ban is lifted and finish what I started… there were only three result pages left. The interesting part will be writing a small PHP script that will extract the post data from all the bits of HTML I saved.

Anyway, here’s to hope and unconditional optimism.

Cheers and fly safe,

– Aeon.

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