Interesting story that got picked up on Hacker News and Proggit this morning — Jeff Atwood’s blog, Coding Horror, lost 100% of its data. Jeff puts 50% of the blame on the service provider of its VPS, CrystalTech, as they failed to back up the server as they were paid to do, and 50% on himself for putting full trust on the service provider, and keep only backups on the same server, i.e. not real back up at all.

And as it was recorded on the Hosting Gospel,

1There were some present at that very time who told him about Coding Horror and Blog.StackOverflow’s 100% data lost. 2And he answered them, “Do you think that Jeff Atwood was a worse sinner than all the bloggers and web masters, because his blogs suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you implement a real backup strategy and verify it regularly, your websites will all likewise perish.

Yup. Sorry for mis-quoting Luke 13, but whenever I read about this kind of disasters, let it be a reminder that I should also make sure my back up works.