Back in Action… Almost

We're back!
We’re back!

It’s been a remarkably long and arduous process to restore the Bacon’s Rebellion blog after it was knocked out by a denial-of-service attack a month ago. For two weeks, it was literally impossible to access the files, and I continued publishing the blog only by jury-rigging a new, bare-bones website. Then, in the two weeks following, it turned out to be far more complicated than expected to migrate a decade’s worth of posts, images and comments from Hostmonster, whose responsiveness in this crisis situation was execrable, to Godaddy, which may or may not prove to be any better. We’ll see.

I can safely say that the task was way beyond my capabilities — it turns out that Godaddy’s WordPress blog publishing software has a different file structure than Hostmonster’s — and I never could have done it without the help of reader JP Barringer. A partner in the web design firm (Barrel Strength) Design, JP repeatedly worked into the wee hours of the night. I have become accustomed to arising early in the morning and reading his email updates time-stamped as late as 2:00 a.m.

We are close to regaining full functionality. For reasons unknown, the widgets in the side columns were not restored when JP published the blog early this morning. We will work to restore those over the next hour or two. Meanwhile, JP has added some features that should make the website faster and more secure.

If something isn’t working right– if you’re not receiving your email updates, having difficulty making comments, whatever — let me know at jabacon[at] (substituting “@” for “[at]”). I’ll get on it as soon as I can.


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5 responses to “Back in Action… Almost”

  1. Andrew Roesell Avatar
    Andrew Roesell

    Bravo, JP (& JB) !!



  2. TooManyTaxes Avatar

    Congratulations, Jim on getting back online. As I mentioned in my earlier email message to you, I must have tried for a good part of a week to log on the temporary site every which way possible.

  3. LarrytheG Avatar

    and thanks to the Barringer clan!!! and I probably missed BR more than BR and others missed me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    On the DDOS – in the news these days – and the irony is that the bad guys are creating botnets out of these IOT devices – things like thermostats and door ringers… fridges… baby cams… etc… each one is a “networked computer” capable of being compromised and taken over and turned into something that attacks a website and when thousands of them are corrupted – they can be marshalled into a powerful DDOS attack network.

    something has to be done… and will …. and even though this sorts plays out like the Bastiat broken windows parable – it still means the creation of a whole new industry of cyber-design and security for IOT devices… something the son or daughter of a coal miner in SW Va or a kid in the inner city could “learn” and become employed… earn a living… not need entitlements… etc.. ya’ll know the rest…


  4. LarrytheG Avatar

    Maybe it’s me but the default font seems a bit small… at least for me so I have to bump it up.

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