Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Please Stand By

The server on the Bus has been infested with a tenacious virus leaving me unable to post.

I have spent many hours trying to exterminate this bug with no success. The only option remaining is to wipe the drives and start fresh. Unfortunately, many files important to me have been lost, including a large collection of music, all photographs, and all email received in the past two weeks.

Most of the music library on the Bus (over 500 GB) is stored on an external drive and backed up on the now tainted computer. I am fearful of attaching it to another computer to check on its status, as it may have been connected to the infected one at some time after the attack.

The thought of losing the collection is heartbreaking. Much of the collected works were drawn from my own compilation of 78prm and LP recordings. Although it would take years to complete, my personal collection can be retransferred. The potential loss of files transferred from records loaned to me by gracious collectors over the years is another matter.

My apologies to the loyal riders on the Bus and to the artists submitted works to be reviewed.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn!...good luck mate.

September 30, 2008 8:01 AM  
Blogger kjk said...

such a loss is a tragedy, indeed!

September 30, 2008 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed ! Quelle horreur ! So sorry about this. Your knowledge and memory bank are enough to keep me informed but sympathise sincerely with you and the task ahead. No rescue fund for the OBBus I suppose.
Rae Spoon turns out to be le petit prince prophet, sitting on our parents shoulders, looking for a new song ?

You'll rally again ol'friend.

All thoughts are flying... k.

October 01, 2008 4:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In solidarity. Let everyone and their brother know your problem and maybe some computer genius can help rescue your hard work.

Keeping fingers crossed.

In the meantime will keep checking back. Thanks for the freedom to read stuff. Most appropriate and important these strange days.

October 01, 2008 7:05 PM  
Anonymous countrygrrl said...

god!!! what a horrible thing to happen...i'm rootin and tootin for you and hope you get it all sorted. it happened to me a while back..something went kapoot with windows and i saw all my music files being deleted in front of my eyes, had to get someone in with a restore programme which luckily worked, but it was a really tense experience!!!!!!! best of luck as i love your blog....

October 11, 2008 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Ed, I am truly sorry to see this happen to you ... the loss of all that music in the blink of an eye is one helluva hit - and it's not only the music that's lost, it's the time, the associations, the thoughtfulness ... I hate to see this happen to someone who gives so much, and I'm not talking only about the music - you provide one hell of a musical education and music history service - the music's nice, sure, but the insight and history are even better ... to see a site like yours brought down by a virus probably written by some little scumbag who sits in his closet fondling meatballs while practicing control of the gag reflex with carrots is beyond understanding ... If worse comes to worst, remember there are services out there like Drive Savers who specialize in recovering lost data - but they ain't cheap ... they CAN, however, get the music back from the drive - good luck, podnuh ...

October 12, 2008 8:22 AM  
Blogger Directional Mike said...

So, so sorry! Best of luck to you.

October 18, 2008 11:00 AM  

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