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Thursday November 16 2006

Do you recall me saying that I would explain what happened with that picture posting glitch which this blog suffered from over last weekend?  Well, I did.  And now, I will.

So far as I can judge, from an email that I got just before it all happened from my hosts, Hosting Matters, from my own experiences, from the fascinating comment left by the lovely Tatjana on this posting, and from talking it all through with Patrick Crozier last night, what happened was this.

I loaded this posting, the one with the airship pictures, or tried to, at precisely the moment when they were about to migrate all my stuff from one computer/hard disc/gizmo, the Zaphod Beeblebox, which was running out of puff, to another computer/hard disc/gizmo, the Lunch Box, just as they said they were going to do in their email.  These are not the real names for the gizmos in question, although the first one did begin with a Z.  I made up new names for comedic effect, and because if I revealed the real names, I might have to kill all my readers.  The only bit of the email I completely understood was where it said about how most customers won’t need to do anything.  So, I forgot about it, and hoped for the best, which, this time, did not materialise.

Anyway, here’s what happened:

I pushed the button to load the posting, and the text duly loaded, on the Zaphod Beeblebox.

Hosting Matters then pushed the button which started the transfer of data from the Zaphod Beeblebox to the Lunch Box.

The airship pictures in the posting then continued to load, to the Zaphod Beeblebox, but they missed the bus when it came to them being transferred over to the Lunch Box.  The text was transferred, but not any of the pictures.

At this point, Tatjana observed the pictures.  “They were great!” etc.

Having loaded everything of mine across to the Lunch Box, Hosting Matters then threw the gigantic switch that switched the attention of the internet from the Zaphod Beeblebox to the Lunch Box.  Which meant that the internet could no longer see the airship pictures.  They vanished from view.

I spent the weekend fretting that I had run out of space and would never again be able to load pictures without ghastly and expensive rearrangements.  But when Patrick dropped by, he said, no there’s still some space left (which was how it also looked to me), and, he said, try loading another.  So I did, and it worked.

Then, emboldened, I reloaded the airship pictures, and this time, that all worked too.  They again became visible, and have remained so ever since.

The above interpretation of events is confirmed by the fact that when I loaded the airship pictures for the second time, no mention was made by my loading software of any previous files of the same name, and “Are you sure you want to load another file over the top of the existing one?” etc.  It was just like loading pictures for the first time.  They’d been loaded first time around, because Tatjana saw them, but then they’d gone, certainly as far as my loading software was concerned.  And then they were loaded again.

Isn’t that exciting?

Well, I like it.  Especially since no permanent harm would appear to have been done.

Not just saw them.

Now you could credit to yourself the fact that the feature stair in the Rhode Island Training School is going to be finished in the following colors: navy-blue for the treads, silverstone grey for the risers, mustardy-yellow handrails and stringers.

Thank you, Brian.
Or should I call you Brjan, to keep with your spelling?

Posted by Tatyana on 16 November 2006

Tatyana

I knew there was a funny consonant in there somewhere, but I picked the wrong one, and didn’t think to check.  Sorry.

love Bryan

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 17 November 2006

No damage done, Breann, on the contrary: my collection has grown further.
You didn’t top the favorite:

Kechana.

Posted by Tatyana on 18 November 2006
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