We were out when the crash happened.
There was a brief power outage in our area while we’re away & saw the usual signs: flashing timer lights in our oven, audio amplifier, coffee maker and the Mac Pro server was off.
The Power Macs had been hosting my website since 2004 as well as a Movable Type blog that I included in my “Kupitero’s Keep“ website (as an ‘offsite page’) in late 2004 (I started with MT version 3.121) .
I started hosting my web site in 2004 using a Power Mac G4 (with OS X 10.3.x aka Panther) and upgraded to a Power Mac G5 (running OS X 10.5.x aka Leopard) late 2006.
After I had saved enough money, in January 2010, I upgraded to a MacPro Dual Quad since the latest incarnation of OS X during those days – yes, until today – only supported Intel processors. And, that was the server I was using when the power outage happened.
I powered the server back on – no problems with the hardware – but the OS just won’t load. Uh-oh, here comes the hard part.
I worked frantically the rest of the day & managed to load the OS from the Time Machine backup I had. Great.
Everything seemed back to normal until I tried to make a new blog post in Movable Type that fateful day in 2012. There were errors here and there. The Movable Type installation was busted and the related MySQL database & PHP scripts were all messed up.
I was able to restore the database and the Movable Type installation several weeks later but there was still a minor problem with one plug-in: Image::Magick.
And, that was the day I decided to do the following:
- Buy a UPS (uninterruptible power supply)
- Have a backup for the server – I got a Mac Mini (quad-core Intel Core i7)
- Move my blog from Movable Type to WordPress
- Revamp my web site so that it will be more accessible to the latest and greatest browsers found in phones, tablets and computers.
I accomplished all these until early December of this year with the exception of the 3rd one on the list above: porting my blog from MT to WordPress.
And, that will be my topic on my next post.