Murphy’s Law or or the fourth law of thermodynamics is: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Of course you have no particular choice WHEN this will happen. . . . . .
There is also the Law of Satanic Intervention: “Satan goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he might devour.” Satan, God’s former supernatural guardian of His Throne, Heavenly Renegade and Outcast just won’t leave people alone. . . . .
Why do I say all of this? Because I went to post Chapter 65 of Free Enterprise on OnLine Starbase and the site was “no longer there”! I thought I did something wrong, which is a distinct possibility because I’m still new to the wonders of computers, the internet and websites and stuff. So I checked my browser. I made sure my Java Script was updated. To no avail. Since I use Opera as my main browser, I decided to use my back up browser which is Firefox. No Good! So I decided to leave everything alone for a bit and come back. Perhaps the site was taking a maintaince break or something, you know? I have encountered that before too. Nope, to no avail.
So I dashed off an email to a gentleman ( Kenneth ) who has become a close friend on the site ( and we had exchanged email addresses ) and let him know. He live in California and is five hours behind me so he would get the email long after I’d hit the sack for the day. He is a retired computer programmer and perhaps he could look into it.
Well Kenneth got back to me and let me know that the problem looked serious and he didn’t know how to fix it. I’ve got a funny and sinking feeling that the site was SPAMMED/HACKED and forced down. before I had joined last year, they had a rouge member they had to kick off. Unfortunately the person was was also a programmer and before he left stole a lot of designs and stuff from Online Starbase and started his own site. He had been threatening to take Online Starbase down one day and I guess, even with the new precautions they instituted, he still got in and did his dirty work. Unfortunately, I believe the site is gone for good. And of course, all of that hard work has gone down the tubes.
As for me, I’ve had this happen before, twice in fact. Where I’ve lost over a hundred chapters of a story I was writing. It was a good thing I had everything on a mirror site. I recently started a mirror site for Free Enterprise, but, it’s just not as up to date as Online Starbase was. I guess that will be the main focus of my days off this week. Updating the site. I’ve also put ten chapters up on FanFiction.net as a test, and yes I have readers who have requested MORE! I guess, I have to update that also.
SMH ( shaking my head ), updating on FanFiction is such a pain in the neck . . . . . . .
If you ask me, it looks like the entire site has been knocked off ( erased from ) the ProBoards Server. And if THAT happened, that means they are gonna have to start all over from scratch. Aye, aye, aye!
Note to writers, ALWAYS HAVE BACK UP! I have back on my computer and CARBONITE ( an online back up service )and I also have my writing on back up sites just in case, crap like this happens. I would’ve been totally ticked if I hadn’t done any of this.
Right now everything is up in the air and Kenneth ( even though he is high up in the OLSB chain of command ) he really didn’t know what to do other than contact his superiors ( the ones who OWN the site ). I asked him to please keep in touch with me and keep me up to date on the situation. If they decide to start over, I would love to help.
Of course, I will always continue to write, write, write. . . . . . . . . .
Well, that’s my story