Jul 01 2009

Curse you Chinese hackers…for not telling us that the upgrade to Word Press 2.8 would destroy our blog!

Published by at 2:11 am under Evil and/or Stupid

First, thank you to everyone who sent an e-mail asking if everything was okay.  Yep, we are fine with the exception of a few missing images that will be replaced as time permits.  Second, Chinese hackers did not take us down, it was a combination of the upgrade to WP 2.8 and Godaddy.  Long story but the hero for returning the site to normal is of course, Jumper.

Also, sorry for the long delay in posting.  Just returned from a two-week trip to China, visited the cities of Beijing, Xi’an, Nanjing and Shanghai.  Returned to a ton of work,  a zillion e-mails, broke the blog and had the flu.  Pretty full week.

We really do appreciate your patience and concern, things should be running close to normal again.

12 responses so far

12 Responses to “Curse you Chinese hackers…for not telling us that the upgrade to Word Press 2.8 would destroy our blog!”

  1. Adrianon 01 Jul 2009 at 4:59 am

    Welcome back!

  2. Heikeon 01 Jul 2009 at 5:20 am

    Thanks, it is good to be back. Horrible feeling when your entire blog just blinks out.

  3. Charleneon 01 Jul 2009 at 5:29 am

    I wondered what happened to your blog. What was wrong with the WordPress upgrade?

  4. Beauon 01 Jul 2009 at 5:49 am

    Glad to hear you’re back and (hopefully) healthy again! I was wondering what happened. Lots of news in the last few weeks, especially the Green Dam saga. Looking forward to hearing your take on it.

  5. jumperon 01 Jul 2009 at 6:20 am

    @Charlene – there was some trivial annoyance with the upgrade so we went back to 2.7.1. Several days later for some unknown reason, the entire site got wiped and everything was gone. We had recent database backups but no recent backups of wp-content so we tried to get the hosting provider to restore it. They failed us so we just went with the old wp-content backup and we’ll have to fix some posts from the last couple of months or so.

    It is difficult to backup wp-content. There isn’t enough room on the host to put the backup on our own server so we have to FTP it off which takes forever and is prone to failure.

    I think its about time for another podcast so Heike can update us on his trip…

  6. Heikeon 01 Jul 2009 at 6:35 am


    I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to look at the material on it yet. So a few articles but haven’t really done any research on it. Jumper is probably more up to speed than I am.

  7. BeatUpPrideon 01 Jul 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Welcome back!
    I am really glad that the DarkVisitor is up again!

  8. jumperon 01 Jul 2009 at 6:55 pm


    Me too! Still trying to work out all of the bugs but we’re pretty much up and running.


  9. CBRP1R8on 13 Jul 2009 at 10:29 am

    Just got back from vacation myself, good to see you guys back up and running, as one of my daily web reads.

  10. Heikeon 13 Jul 2009 at 2:48 pm


    Great having you back, hope you had a terrific vacation.

  11. Z. Constantineon 15 Jul 2009 at 7:47 am

    What type of hosting do you have at GoDaddy..?

  12. Heikeon 15 Jul 2009 at 9:05 am

    We have shared hosting.