Phpwebhosting, who provide the server that this site lives on, had a major hardware failure on Friday, 28 Feb 2003. The site went off line, and they didn't have my account fully functional again until today.

Unfortunately, I hadn't been making site backups as often as I should have, and phpwebhosting apparently wasn't doing any better. The last backup I made dates from 16 Feb, so at the moment any information that was added to the site after 16 Feb has disappeared into the ether. I do have copies of some of it on my hard drive, but I need to find it and reload it. I will have to regenerate some other content from scratch, and some other stuff (e.g forum postings, or visitor comments) is gone forever.

Any user accounts that were created after 16 Feb were lost - you will have to create a new one. Same thing with any changes to user settings that were made after 16 Feb.

Inevitably, some of the site settings will have gotten fouled up. I'll try to find all the glitches over the next few days, but please let me know if something isn't working right.

Obviously there is a lesson to be learned here - make frequent backups. So, I will start making daily backups and copying them to my computer. In the medium term, I hope to find a way to automate this process.

It's good to be back on-line, finally.