2003-03-31 04:27:12

Eeek! No backup either. I’m screwed.

This is a warning to anyone who might get it into their head to employ me as a systems administrator or a database administrator. Do not employ me. If you let me anywhere near a database, I will surely destroy it and all the data it contains. You have been warned! This is why I decided to do a Ph.D. In this domain I can only do damage to myself, and not take everyone else down with me. (I’m not developing nukes).

This is how the story goes. I noticed I’d made a rather silly spelling error in one of my previous entries. Being clever, I thought I’d perform an update statement on that particular entry. Unfortunately, even though I’d planned it all out properly, I hit ‘enter’ before typing in the condition that would restrict the update to one particular row. Result? I overwrote every single one of my previous blog entries! I haven’t implemented a backup strategy for my database yet, so everything was lost. That’ll teach me to

  1. ALWAYS BACKUP MY DATA
  2. NEVER TRY TO CIRCUMVENT THE TOOLS I WRITE TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM MYSELF
  3. ALWAYS BACKUP MY DATA