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April 5, 2007

Preditors & Editors Hacked
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 07:03 PM * 9 comments

I was wondering why, earlier today, I couldn’t reach P&E and had to use a Google cached copy of their pages to find something. Now I hear from Dave Kuzminski:

For now, the P&E site that was hosted at Anotherealm was hacked along with Anotherealm. We are operating from our alternate site at URL which happens to be a full and complete copy of the P&E listings, except for having a different host logo. Please feel free to pass along this info to others or post it in other sites.


All’s well, and P&E has restored its files at

Comments on Preditors & Editors Hacked:
#1 ::: Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: April 05, 2007, 11:52 PM:

[Insert standard statement about backups and disaster planning here]

#2 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: April 06, 2007, 12:09 AM:

Disaster planning, Claude? That sounds so negative. Where I work, we call them Business Continuation Plans.

#3 ::: j m mcd ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2007, 02:25 PM:

at the risk of sounding like an evil bstrd, does anyone know if the shady "publishing" companies dave fights are as meticulous about business continuation plans?

i'm not suggesting anyone do anything, i'm just saying... you know. are they?

#4 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2007, 04:10 PM:

At my company we have a whole department called DRM - Disaster Recovery Management. Whether it existed before we lost many of our servers on 9/11 I'm not sure.

#5 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2007, 04:32 PM:

Xopher... I think they started worrying more about those situations after 9/11, but the trend started in the mid-1990s. By the way, if you want a really sad and ridiculous side-effect of 9/11, go to DisneyLand. Remember the long waiting lines at Space Mountain? Now, the long waiting lines are outside. I kept wondering why, last year, during LAcon, and it occurred to me that maybe they're afraid terrorists will target the Indiana Jones ride and the best way to protect us is to keep us outside, where the sun can cook us instead.

#6 ::: Dave Kuzminski ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2007, 07:50 PM:

j m mcd, I doubt if they're as well prepared. Not only are there two P&E sites operating simultaneously, there's a third hidden site that can be activated when necessary. I also keep four backup copies.

Then again, I've been in programming for over 25 years, so I'm used to keeping backups. For the programming I do at work, I have as many as twenty backups to show how the program evolved so that a wrong turn in direction can be recovered from quickly and easily.

#7 ::: Aconite ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2007, 07:59 PM:

Dave Kuzminski @ 6: It warms my heart to hear about those lovely, lovely redundancies. That's a thing of beauty, that is.

#8 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2007, 08:08 PM:

Dave Kuzminski @ 6

I have as many as twenty backups to show how the program evolved

Is that in addition to or instead of a version control system? If it's instead, why not use one?

#9 ::: Dave Kuzminski ::: (view all by) ::: April 07, 2007, 11:22 PM:

I'm essentially a one-programmer shop in the office I work at. I'm responsible for my backups, so it's essentially my version control system. As for the backups of the actual program, it uses rotating copies. That's only to protect the data since only one or two backups are needed of the actual program.

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