The good news is it looks like OEN has pretty much recovered 99.999% of our data. We lost a few articles and comments as the internet shifted it's pointers from our old DNS servers to our new one. And fortunately, we were able, using extreme efforts, at considerable cost, to recover content view/popularity history.
That last issue-- getting view counts for past articles was an iffy situation. The database appeared to be lost and we had to use special efforts and techniques, at considerable expense to recover them. Fortunately, our new server people are brilliant and they did it.
We have brand new hardware that is better and faster
We now have a RAID backups system using two SSD hard drives and an external backup provided by our server management company. We've moved from 32 to 64 GB of RAM and have a faster processor. This configuratlon will provide much more security from crashes.
Now the bad news:
We were down, off the internet for over a day, and then the site kept crashing so people couldn't log in. So we had veyr little content for several days. Even I couldn't log in for a long time. And then the newsletter functions were down. We're all about content, so this was devastating.
Then, there was the cost. It took a lot of programmer time to do the transfer and recovery-- first from the dead hard drive and then to the new server.
We're finally getting back on track. Articles and quicklinks are coming it. But this is the most devastating, catastrophic thing to ever happen to OEN in its 15.5 years of existence.
This is really urgent
Now We have to pay for it
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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.
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