Server problems

Dirk Hohndel dirk at
Fri Oct 20 03:50:06 PDT 2017

> On Oct 20, 2017, at 4:54 AM, Robert Helling <helling at> wrote:
> yesterday, my provider decided it would be a good idea to shut down my server (they say they had sent a mail before but that never reached me). And then bringing it up again took almost 24h (first I needed to do a password recovery for their stupid front end which involved my wife having to send pictures of her passport, don’t ask…) then the stupid thing refused to come up. Then the helpdesk suggested I should start afresh with an empty hard drive.
> Needless to say, I realised how much of what I do depends on that machine: All my email routes there (and thus bounced for an extended period of time), my website, my blog (which I had to turn off since all this started my somebody abusing my wordpress instance), IRC (thanks to Quassel) , mail archive.
> And of course, I did not have backup…

Errr. Been there done that...

> Now the thing is up again (minus wordpress) but I might have missed some important mails. Recovering my mental sanity will probably take the rest of the day.

Wordpress is lovely. Our website runs it. But it is an incredible target for hackers because one third of the internet runs it. So even if you very actively update it, you will eventually get hacked. the Subsurface website has now been hacked twice. Once I had to take it down for a few days, the other time I noticed within minutes and was able to prevent them from doing damage.

> And yes, I will move to another provide. As soon, as I handed in my tax declaration…

I switched just recently and am quite happy with my new one (so far). Contact me off list if you are interested in details.


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