I wonder if all the Forum messages have been lost.

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Comment by Daniel Red Cloud Brown on August 14, 2009 at 12:07am
Excellent news ! ! !

But, by now, it will be 8-10 days since the messages were made. HEY !!! It will be like a time machine! I just flashed back to last Wednesday...Wow, what a different place the World seemed back then! For me there was No ATO#26 "There Must Be a Victory", No MMP "Stalingrad Pocket II", no GMT GBOH "Devils Horsemen & Mamluk" enroute to me....

It was a time of Innocence and simplicity, Gasoline was only $2.09 a Gallon, the Weather was only in the upper 70's -not the freakin 90's of Today...
Comment by Chuang Shyue Chou on August 13, 2009 at 10:58pm
Splendid!
Comment by John Stryker on August 13, 2009 at 10:57pm
Thanks for the update, John. Myself, I'm much more concerned about the many years of history being salvaged than just two or three days worth of posts. Hopefully the valuable content from those days is still fresh enough in the minds of the original authors that they can re-contribute it, but in any case that's less than 1% of the total.
Comment by Eric Miller on August 13, 2009 at 10:15pm
Good news, John. Thanks for the update.
Comment by John Kranz on August 13, 2009 at 10:10pm
We have one last big hurdle left to have forum services returning tomorrow. We have been attempting to restore messages lost between the time of our last back-up and the forum outage/dbase corruption, but that has not gone well despite all combined resources and efforts thrown at the situation. This means about 2-3 days worth of postings may be lost.

On the bright side, if we get through the "final" step tomorrow to stand up what is basically a fully-scrubbed dbase, it bodes well for the future of the forum. We had a solid backup strategy in place, but the hard disk error was catastrophic to the point that the roll-forward log to try and restore messages from the final two days of service simply isn't working either. I won't bore you with the details, but a ton has been going on behind the scenes for one full week now.

Sorry again for the interruption in service. Fingers crossed again that all goes well tomorrow so we can be back online sometime Friday (best case scenario).
Comment by Kevin Caldwell on August 13, 2009 at 7:54pm
http://www.abbreviations.com/R%26I
Comment by Kevin Caldwell on August 13, 2009 at 7:53pm
Looks like Records & Identification is correct:
Comment by Roger Eastep on August 13, 2009 at 5:50pm
In the Dragnet TV show, Friday and Gannon were always checking with "R&I." What does that stand for? Records and Identification?
Comment by Roger Eastep on August 13, 2009 at 2:35pm
The center in the un-named government agency I work for alledgely backs up our server's routinely. The reality is that more often than not, they can not restore the alledged backups, or they can not find specific files in the backups if they are needed. The most agregious thing that has happened is that all of my documents prior to about 2002 (I had kept them going all the way back to 1995) that are stored on one of the servers suddenly got corrupted in the most evil way: I'd open them up, and they were someone else's document and often of a different file type, e.g., I'd open up an MS Word memo I did in 2001, and the contents might be someone else's MS Word document, or someone else's Excel file, or God knows what. So, I had to end up deleting hundreds of my older files.
Comment by David Mignerey on August 13, 2009 at 1:02pm
When I was in IT "routinely backed up" did not always mean "backed up". I am sure that this site could be easily restructured to mimic the Consimworld Forum .

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