For six years, I wrote a blog about Nortel Networks called All About Nortel.
What started as an experiment to see if I could write a blog about a single company turned into a fascinating adventure as Nortel skewered itself into bankruptcy protection, before it was sadly sold off in bits and pieces.
With Nortel gone, the plan was to keep the blog alive as an archive of the demise of Canada’s flagship technology company. Once in a while, I’d update the blog if something interesting came along such as the trial involving ex-CEO Frank Beatty.
Well, I’m sad to say this isn’t possible any more after All About Nortel was recently hacked. I’m not sure how hackers penetrated the Web host’s servers and security systems, but all the files disappeared. When asked what happened, the host’s support team would only suggest that hackers do what they do because they can.
On one hand, it’s disappointing to see so much work evaporate into the digital abyss. But at the same time, it’s not the end of the world. Like everything, blogs stick around for so long before they’re abandoned, closed or hacked. After that, life goes on but you still have the experience and memories.
From a bigger picture perspective, it does make you think about the life span of blogs, Websites and all of our other digital “assets”. How long do they last? What happens when we no longer need or want them? And what happens to them when we’re no longer alive and kicking? Given we’re so early into the digital age, it’s not a subject that gets much attention but it’s definitely going to become an interesting issue.
And, of course, there are important lessons learned such as backing up your blogs and Websites on a regular basis, and making sure they’re as secure as possible. In hindsight, I should have known better, and this hacking episode would have easily handled. In any event, life goes on.