Blogger Recreates Blog from Google Cache

GoogleAfter a catastrophic disk failure a long-time blogger was faced with complete data loss.

“I had the database backed up into a separate directory, but unfortunately it was on the same disk as the live one, so when that disk died I lost everything” the blog administrator sheepishly admitted. “I wasn’t sure what I could do. Professional data recovery is costly and not guaranteed, and the thought of starting again from scratch after having hundreds of stories was daunting. Then it struck me… Google has all my data!”

OK, so this never really happened, but why couldn’t it? Of course you’d have to manually copy and paste all your content, but if you were trying to recover from complete data loss on a public-facing web server you could conceivably recover all your text, with markup, from Google’s cache.

Go ahead and try it. Go to Google and search for your site. Right now the search “” returns 376 results (or actually ‘376 Wesuwts’ since I changed my language to Elmer Fudd) and from those cached pages I was easily able to find most of my content.

Remember to backup often and to a secure location separate from where your server is, but if you’re ever trying to get a page or site back from the dead, Google may just save your bacon.

google, disaster recovery, blogs, internet, information technology

Airport Security

Airport SecuritySo how well does profiling work for airport security? Donald Burleson tells of a recent run-in with one of the TSA’s under qualified personnel:

I had just passed through the metal detector and the agent stopped me asking about the bulge in my crotch.

The conversation went something like this:

“What dat in yo’ pants?”

“Um, that would be my penis”

Upon reflection, she may have been talking about my wallet, but the damage was already done. The TSA agent made me pass through the metal detector THREE TIMES until the alarm sounded, and I knew that were going to inspect my manhood. But it’s not just sexy men who are targeted.

And he’s right. It’s not just sexy men like Donald who are unnecessarily hassled by these sadistic morons. My sister Carla reports from recent experience on the ineffective profiling methods employed by airport security:

By security logic, clearly if you’re a scruffy, thuggish, ruffian-looking guy, you’re going to get your clean-cut looking girlfriend to carry all your Bad Things.

Of course, having now observed this, I recommend that actual scruffy, thuggish, ruffians carry their own Bad Things so innocent girlfriends of innocent scruffy guys can be left alone.

Could it be this easy to defeat the profiling methods of the TSA? Sure. Talk to anyone who travels often. They’ll tell you how to avoid being screened.

I’m not sure what the solution is here, but we simply must do better.

airport security, travel, TSA

Enya 53-4C 4-Stroke Manual

I got this R/C airplane engine used and had some trouble finding a copy of the manual. I don’t even remember where I found it now, but here it is for anyone else who needs it.

The Enya 53-4C is legendary for power-to-weight ratio. I haven’t flown this engine much (and I’m now rebuilding it, slowly) but it seems like a real powerhouse.

Enya 53-4C Operating Instructions:
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If you’re looking for parts, I believe MRC still carries them.

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Gates to step down!

Earlier today Bill Gates announced that he would leave his day-to-day role at Microsoft to devote more time to charitable works.

At a news conference today Gates had the following to say:

“I believe with great wealth comes great responsibility – the responsibility to give back to society and make sure those resources are given back in the best possible way, to those in need,” he said. Gates added, “It’s not a retirement, it’s a reordering of my priorities.”

There are unconfirmed reports that Gates then snuck off to put on his Spidey suit.

Does this mean I’m not allowed to hate Bill Gates anymore?

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