Dumb mistakes cost time and sanity

Monday, 20 May 2013

⚠️ This is an old post

It's possibly been exported and imported from at least three different blogging platforms over the years. That probably means, at best, there are broken images and links. If the post is technical in nature, any advice is probably out of date and irrelevant. Or it is really old, it was the wafflings of a teenager with too much time on his hands working out what blogging is… If it is the latter I would probably cringe if I re-read it. But it's here because it's part of my past, not my present.

You've been warned! Onwards…

This morning I managed to empty my database. One command and everything went. At the time it was intentional, I had just created a copy of the database, however when I went back to restore it I discovered that all I had done was copy the structure of the database, not the actually data. It was one of those moments when you just kick yourself for making such a stupid mistake.

Fortunately there were backups, just not as recent as I would have liked. As a result my Monday morning has been spent trying to restore data, recreate data and poking a bit of code. Most likely my afternoon will spent trying to fix my mistake.

I've already scribbled some thoughts on making mistakes. That mistake was all about a lack of planning. Today's mistake was a lack of concentration on a Monday morning. I could blame a lack of caffeine in my system, but that would probably be a cop-out.

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