12 Mar 2014
Carry on Cycling recently went offline for several weeks, as you may have noticed, after suffering a bout of garbled technical flu. Although I foresaw a struggle with maintenance on the road, I imagined it would be of the oily-hands-screaming-obscenities-through-the -wind variety rather than an error-screen landslide. Like when the bike breaks down, I fixed it slowly. My thanks to all those who expressed their concern and for anyone who is still wondering. I’m OK.
So what happened? Well, a few weeks ago, the company hosting my website discontinued their service despite agreeing to provide their service until March 2015. They did send several warning emails over the course of a month, but to an email address I no longer check. I hadn’t backed-up for a while so Carry on Cycling temporarily went back in time, transported back to October 2013, back to the depths of inner China. For a while I worried I wouldn’t be able to recover the lost data.
Over time, I managed to persuade the runaway provider to let me onto their server one final time. After a few tense minutes searching, I clicked open an inconspicuous looking folder and there lay the most up-to-date version, including the all-important database file. Praise be to the bicycle gods! Then there was the fiddly process of transferring the website to the new server. That should have been easy but the files were jumbled and some of the code needed tweaking. This morning, I’m confident everything is back to normal. I apologize to all those who rely on Carry on Cycling for a regular dose of cycle-orientated sustenance.
Now, I am in Kuantan, Malaysia where I’ve spent a glorious month here soaking up limitless sand and sunshine. By year’s end I plan to finish my trip, with Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, the USA and Canada still to come. My eyes are now keen on the prize; less prone to wandering.
12 March 2014. 2 Years In.