Notice The Changes Around Here?

You may have noticed a few changes around here. Unfortunately, at the present they are not for the better. The shared hosting service that I use suffered a catastrophic crash that wiped out the servers that hosted AudioCookbook.org and ten other sites that I either produced, maintained, or had a hand in.

This happened sometime during the afternoon on Tuesday, August 30, 2011. Having a busy schedule on that day (and since) I didn’t learn about the crash until midnight. I was up all night for the next three days assessing the situation and attempting recovery procedures. I discovered that the hosting service had no backup available (this is a long story that I won’t get into). So it was up to me to recover whatever possible.

After five years of no trouble from the hosting service I had become somewhat complaisant about daily backups, but I did have some things in order. Current backups of all the databases were available. I also have all of the sounds that I have ever posted here backed up locally. However, it will not be an easy matter to put all the pieces back in place. I have begun the process, but as well as teaching full-time I also just started a graduate program (ironically on the same day of the server crash), so my schedule will only allow me to focus on recovery incrementally.

As a result I have had to temporarily suspend the One Synthesizer Sound Everyday Project. I started posting a hand programmed synthesizer sound on a daily basis on January 5, 2011 and consecutively created two-hundred and thirty-six entries before the crash. I have more than enough material to fill this temporary void, but I am sorry that I won’t be able to get to it immediately. For now have a listen to a live, full-length, Ostracon mix that I finished editing this afternoon.

Ostracon at Honey

7 thoughts on “Notice The Changes Around Here?

  1. Dude. I’m sorry. :( That’s pathetic that they didn’t have some sort of backup going on. I’m sure there were dozens of other enraged clients. Perhaps switching to a new service is in order?

    Definitely excited to hear more when you have the chance, though. :)

  2. Thanks for the empathy Jimmy and Dylan! It shouldn’t be long before I start reposting consistently. Documentation is critical to anyone’s work these days and I have lots of upcoming performances that I’ll be sharing here. Trust me, my backups will be more complete and I’ll be investigating replacement services as you suggest. Cheers!

  3. Thanks, Mike and NC. Although it seems as though I’ve stopped, it’s really just a pause. I have tons of stuff that I’m excited to share here, it just might be a few days. Cheers!

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