Just before Christmas 2006 essential engineering work was carried out on the FIRE Project system on which this weblog runs. During this work some data was lost at portal level.
This was a combination of an attempted cracking attack which activated a defense system, requiring manual actions by our admin team, and human error during the restart process.
Only data residing in the portals was affected and no data was lost at the mneumatron which provides the main data archives and databases. The FIRE Project team was able to repost data to all CMS and weblog portals using other backup sources.
It was decided that all weblog postings would be reposted but this has meant that the postings are no longer in strict date order. During reposting the editors have included the original reposting date stamp.