Podcast Network battles on

cameron-reillyThe Podcast Network is continuing to fight back from its disastrous server crash, although it looks like some of the archived shows have indeed been lost.

Boss Cameron Reilly has posted a blog this morning telling his subscribers: “We’re going to be rebuilding the old sites from backups as fast as possible. Unfortunately, we recently outgrew the service we were using to backup the architecture and media files  and this crash happened before I managed to get a bigger backup drive configured. It’s always the way. As a result we’ve lost the old media files.”

He adds: “I’m also hoping we’ll be able to find a data forensic service that can pull stuff from our old dead drive. So I think we’ll be okay. It’ll probably take us a week to get all of the current shows back up and running.”

The Podcast Network was Australia’s first podcast operation, and remains one of the world’s biggest with Reilly an internationally known figure among podcasters. In his message he adds:

“As most of you know, TPN is a bootstrap operation. In an effort to build a genuinely new and independent media company, we haven’t taken any funding and I’ve been paying for it out of my own pocket for the last four years, with assistance from a little bit of advertising and your generous pledge donations.”

“On the smell of an oily rag we’ve built a range of shows with an average of 400 – 500,000 listeners a month who download about 800,000 episodes each month (12 TERABYTES of out-bound traffic) and provide about 8 million page views. When you run a site with those stats on sticky-tape and chewing gum, sometimes stuff happens. Unfortunately this year we’ve had two major disasters – we were hacked back in March and now this hard drive failure.”


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