Warning: Some regular readers of this blog will have nightmares after reading this post

I cringed before pointing to the New York Times story about the files of an entire issue of Business 2.0 getting deleted before being sent to the printer. You see, it’s really bad luck for a magazine publisher to point out something like that and ask, “How the heck could that happen?” We run nightly backups of work in progress and have redundant files stored on and off site. However, as soon as I say, “that couldn’t happen here,” it will happen here. So, I won’t.

(via: TechCrunch)

  • My hard drive died on my MacBook about a month ago, and I’ve had hard disk failures at work as well. I think every time I read a story like this, it should be a sign that it’s time to back up. So I think I’ll do that right now. Thanks.

  • Barbara Mathieson

    Rex, we had a similar, but not quite so devastating instance, years ago here when an issue of a magazine we used to publish was deleted from the server. We had a few days before press, but not much. We also had back up server problems, and if I remember correctly, we recreated the issue from a three-day old version of the magazine that was on the back up. I’m sure regular reader Bill can elaborate more. I remember one late night, when we stayed to update the three-day old version.

  • Rex Hammock

    Barbara, I think that experience is one of the reasons we have the current process in place.

  • Hudge

    I could elaborate more, but won’t – it caused an enormous amount of bad feelings at the time, but as Rex says, much change for the good came out of it. We occasionally still have problems when a file decides to hang an out-to-lunch sign on itself, so I won’t dare to think it couldn’t happen here.

  • Blair Stilwell

    I seem to remember the above mentioned magazine disappearing act. Like Hudge says, so much changed and so much was learned…

  • Rex Hammock

    I’m knew this post would cause post-traumatic flashbacks for some people.