Tagged: windows

Mozy.com’s Backup Software is Shit

Yes you read that right. I used to love this company. The concept is great - backup your data online for dirt cheap. Install the software and away you go. They backup everything and even encrypt your data for security. You get cheap backups and they get a little bit of money. I thought this was the total bomb so I installed in on my server. My live server. My live Windows server. I am such a moron.

The first problem I ran into was a full temp directory on my main drive. Windows servers don't like that at all so I get in touch with their tech support and they tell me to change my environment variables and point the temp drive somewhere else. I figure that is an OK solution so I point the temp folder to a dedicated drive with 20 Gigs of free space. A few days later I start getting warnings that the disk is low on space. "That is odd," I think, but I am busy and kind of lazy and I will get to it later. Why worry? My data is backed up.

I deploy a new copy of my website (ThePl...

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Google Base and Windows Pain

So I have been trying to figure out Google Base for the last week so that I can send all the house plans from The Plan Collection into the Google product feed.

Getting your products into their feed isn't that hard, but being a programmer and a masochist (they are the same thing you know) I couldn't just generate a feed that had to be submitted by hand. No one will remember to keep submitting it anyway and since your entries in the products section of Google Base can expire it is important that you continually resubmit your products.

So I wrote a class to handle the Google Base stuff and then I put it into a Windows Service. I figured as long as I was at it I would also write a service that can write out our site maps at the same time.

The site maps service starts fine. The Google Base service starts then dies and drops this in the logs:

 EventType clr20r3, P1 r3b0434webwhcosy0o40t3c1xyqmvmpy, P2 1.0.0.0, P3 47803796, P4 theplancollectionbackgroundservices, P5 1.0.0.0, P6 478037...

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