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1 July 2016 - 1:47pm

WE'RE BACK from the week of hell

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So here we are again! If you have tried to visit us for the past three days or so (has it only been that long? It feels like a week or more to me!), you will have been greeted by a boring grey error page.

I can assure you that rumours of our demise have been greatly exaggerated! Some of the better ones we've heard have been:
- Betsoft hacked us and took us down because of our articles about them last week. No, but I'm sure they enjoyed seeing the error page instead.
- We were sued by a certain casino on our rogue list and a judge seized our domain. No again.
- CL-Ed died. Not that I know of, but I feel like it after this week of hell.

The real reason is far more mundane but no less annoying. It seems that almost exactly one year since we were forced to move web hosts, it happened again. Only this time the whole thing was far less professional. Our former host AberdeenCloud, whose name shall remain a dirty word forever more, simply shut down without notice. No email, no warning, no "hey guys we're going out of business, please backup and download your sites before we finish up", nothing. Its as if they just left the building and switched the lights off.

Through sheer luck that our database remained accessible through the Amazon cloud we were able to export and rescue all the articles and posts made to the site over nearly 10 years of operation. Foolishly we had not downloaded a recent backup of all the images that you guys upload to the site so until this afternoon it was looking like we had lost 12 months of images and other uploaded files. However the groundswell of complaints against AberdeenCloud from the many affected customers seems to have done the trick and our files were made available for download for 36 hours or so. So we're back just as good as we were before, by the skin of our teeth.

And I really really need a beer.

Cheers folks, you have my sincere apologies.

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1 July 2016 - 2:03pm
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Screw Aberdeen Cloud!

But I'm thankful the site is back and working well again. Will let you know if anything seems amiss.

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1 July 2016 - 2:05pm
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I would very much like to punch this man - Sampo Raudaskoski.

Devil

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1 July 2016 - 4:10pm
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Ah, yeah, CL is back. I suspected it with the Betsoft issue.
The site got down in the middle of browsing, and I got quite surprised because I just read the published article.

And CL-Ed, please, erase my post titled "What happened???". I can't find the erase menu on my phone Joking

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1 July 2016 - 4:32pm
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I've got you covered coolsongss, and will take care of it.

Glad to see you back!

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1 July 2016 - 9:31pm
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CL-Ed wrote:

- CL-Ed died. Not that I know of, but I feel like it after this week of hell.

I guess this is not the reason or I'm talking dead now Joking

CL-Ed wrote:

And I really really need a beer.

Cheers folks, you have my sincere apologies

Yeah I guess you really deserved that beer Ed Beer

I'm really glad that site is back, the absence seems like a week long for me too, CL became an important part of my life and I don't know what would I do if the site is off. Hopefully this wont happen again.Long live to you Ed and CL.
Cheers,

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2 July 2016 - 12:16am
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Beer Beer Beer

Me thinks you deserve more than one! Wow, what nightmare! And what timing for me! I've been taking an online workshop the last three nights, so my schedule has been: get up, make some business-type phone calls, go to work (commuting both ways in nightmare traffic), come home, walk Otis, eat, complete my workshop requirements, say hello to my family, and sleep! Now that I completed the workshop, I signed into read about this. Ugh.

I am certainly happy none of the rumors are true, especially the last one! I am glad I didn't hear them, or all of this, until after the fact.

I always say technology is always wonderful until it is not.

What a PITA! Sad Stop Thumb Down Evil

On second thought, I think you deserve a few more:

Beer Beer

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3 July 2016 - 1:28am
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Oh yeah, I've had a day off now and I feel a lot better. I slept 12 hours straight last night after a week of doing all this then playing a game of soccer yesterday. I was completely exhausted. Thanks for the words of encouragement folks, it really does mean a lot.

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3 July 2016 - 5:17am
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So glad the site is back up ... YAY!!! and thanks for all of your hard and very stressful work pulling it all back together, Ed!! (never heard any of the rumors, although many many things went through my own lil head.)

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