I asked Siri.

I wanted to camp for the night at Whycocomagh Provincial Park. I asked Siri for directions:

Siri, find Whycocomagh Provincial Park
Maybe I didn’t pronounce it quite right..

Whycocomagh Provincial Park
Oh yeah? How would you pronounce it?

Whycocomagh Provincial Park
Along the Bras D’Or Lakes
Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia

Awww, crap.

Most of my web sites bit the dust this weekend.

Permission Denied!

Did a full restore from backup, but things only got screwier. Ended up restoring permissions of hundreds of files and directories last night.

That’s what us kule computer kidz call “PHUN“.

On my server.
Lowell MA

Curse you, damned computer and stuff.

Haiku for a busted WordPress installation:
WordPress Server: DEAD.
No problem. I got backups.
Damn, no backups. Oops.

Yeah, I’m Backup Boy at work, but here at HoneyBear, well …

  1. I have CrashPlan!
    But I told CrashPlan not to backup files ending in “log” because I didn’t want to deal with log files. Do you know what else ends in “log”?   Uh, “Blog”.   Oops.

  2. I have Time Machine!
    But this week when one of the other Time Machine clients needed to rebuild its backups, it ended up confusing the server’s Time Machine backups on the same disk.   Oops.

Happily, the Unix terminal can directly grab files out of Time Machine’s directory structure, so we’re back online.

Live from my home office
Lowell, MA

It was dark when I got home, but I managed to get these pix.

Freight cars tonight:

Freight Car: PERL, Lowell MA
PERL   (a little fuzzy, but it was dark out)

RAMOS.  Freight train, Lowell MA

STRIKE:  Freight car, Lowell MA
STRIKE | Drinkin Beer | Wicked Hot | Booyah | Rebels Death

Freight tracks north of Hale Street
Lowell, MA

Your MacBook Pro does not need a drink.

If the bottom of your laptop looks like this, you got a problem:

MacBook Pro + Martini = Bad News

Two things:

  • Rob does not feel good about spilling his martini.
  • I found out there’s over 60 screws holding an MBP keyboard in place.
    And I know my limits.


At My Desk
Lowell, MA

I used to own a design and video business.

In the old days:

  • Apps used to be called “Software”.
  • Software used to be sold in “boxes”.
  • Boxes of software used to be bought at things called “Computer Stores”.

This box of QuarkXPress 3.3 weighed over 10 pounds:20141013 sware01 600x395

Mac OS X is now a free download, but v10.0 (with the blue X) has a CompUSA sticker price of $129.99:20141013 sware02 600x539

WordPerfect v3.5 for Mac was perfect.   And it only needed 8 floppies for installation:20141013 sware03 600x439

Every box of software was double-boxed for freshness.20141013 sware04 600x450

And boxes of software included documentation. Real, helpful documentation:20141013 sware05 600x450

They pretend to pay me and I pretend to do tech support.

As of around 8 this evening, my poor little 7½ year old MacBook Pro is alive again.

20141012 alive 600x450

Something had gotten very messed up on the disk. If I had a few extra bucks, its 4 year old Hitachi mechanical drive would’ve been replaced with a new solid-state drive (there was a 512GB SSD on newegg.com this weekend for under $200). But with a clean install, it’s now pretty perky again.

And no data was lost thanks to dual-backups.

Trust me. I’m a professional.

My computer started acting just a little bit wonky last night, so I ran Disk Utility to fix it. This is the result:

20141011 badmbp 600x450 

The blinking question-mark-folder is a bad thing.

But it had a happy ending and my newly-rebuilt computer is on its way to a full recovery

Today’s moral: backup are a very good thing.

Big thanks to
Time Machine & Backblaze