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July 7th, 2009:

Mopping Up…

This is just a quick note to people who may still be checking this site: I’ve reinstalled WordPress and gotten all the database issues corrected. The hosting folder has been wiped and is now clean. My hosting service froze the account not because I didn’t pay my bills or because I hit some bandwidth cap, but because some SOBs broke in and shot the PHP full of malware and stuck porn links in all my HTML. Fused did the right thing. I’d have frozen it too.

I might have fixed it sooner, but the timing on all this was optimal bad. Carol and I had just left the house for a 4-day campout, and I didn’t have my Web files with me. I was in the last leg of reading copyedits for a 200,000+ word book, a process that included de-tabbing all the source code examples and making sure they would fit in 78 columns. And on top of that, as soon as we got home from the campout, Carol and I became temporary caretakers for a mama dog and her litter of three bichon puppies, who were not quite seven weeks old when they came to us. It’s not that they’re that much work–but they won’t be here long, and there’s nothing quite like having a lapful of bichon puppies, who all want to lick your nose at the same time, and when they can’t lick your nose they’ll be happy to chew on your shirt buttons, and yap in your face when you’re not paying them sufficient attention. What’s a little poop stacked up against that?

I’m still waiting for HTTP to be turned back on for my static pages on, which should happen later today. And in the meantime, I’m trying to reconfigure WordPress to more or less what it was before the attack, which is made more difficult by my not having saved my custom CSS. I may have it somewhere, but if I can’t find it, I’ll have to go through it all again. So what you end up seeing may not be quite what you saw before–but maybe it’ll be better.

At least that’s what I’m hoping. We’ll see. Keep checking back.