It is a good thing that I recently started a twice-daily backup regiment.

My computer (the one that hosts this site) rebooted itself earlier in the week upon downloading critical Windows updates. This made for a toxic situation that resulted in the MySQL database being irrevocably destroyed. This is the same scenario that completely killed our website when it was just a websiteling (about 6 weeks ago). Since that first fatality I’ve created a backup procedure that runs automatically (everyday, at 2am and 2pm).

Luckily, nothing was permanently lost. I restored the database from the backups, and everything is running smoothly again.

I have since reconfigured Windows Update so that it will not automatically install updates – thus preventing a situation that could recreate a terminal illness for the database.