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September 9 2013 Editor Assistance Newsletter

Greetings and Salutations -

We have three servers in our system. One is our main BellaOnline site. The second is the BellaOnline forums and mail server. The third is sort of a "catch all" server that handles my LisaShea.com website, WineIntro, RomanceClass, and so on. It does have our BellaOnline radio on it.

That third server just had a hard drive failure, and is down. They are building a new C drive for it, which will take several hours. Then I'll need to reinstall the various MySQL software on it and get all the websites set up again.

This shouldn't impact any of the BellaOnline sites or email, but it is having a substantial impact on my own email, since all my email went through that server. Apparently that hard drive has been iffy for about a week.

I've redirected this LShea@bellaonline.com address to come directly to me now, so I can now get it.

One lesson here is that hard drives like to fail :). If you haven't backed up your important documents in a while, this might be a great time to do it. Just drag them onto a CD or DVD. Pop them onto a thumb drive. Heck, email them to your best friend. You never know when that strange glitch will happen. Many editors have lost important photos and files and can emphasize how important those backups can be.

In terms of us at BellaOnline, my biggest concern is that I might have lost incoming email over the past week. So I'm going to do a sweep, while I'm waiting for the server to be rebuilt, and touch base on any editor email messages I have pending. I'll then send a follow-up message to everyone letting you all know I've done that. If at that point you were waiting on me for something but didn't get that note, I'll ask you to please re-send your question so I get it.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Lisa Shea, owner


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