From the NY Times:
Business 2.0, the technology-aware magazine published by Time Inc., periodically reminds readers of the importance of backing up computer files. A 2003 article likened backups to flossing — everyone knows it’s important, but few devote enough thought or energy to it.
Last week, Business 2.0 got caught forgetting to floss.
On the night of Monday, April 23, the magazine’s editorial system crashed, wiping out all the work that had been done for its June issue. The backup server failed to back up.
Good thing the magazine, based in San Francisco, is a monthly. “If it had happened a week later, we would have been in trouble,” said Josh Quittner, the editor.
But all is well, he said, and the magazine will go to press on schedule next week. The recovery was made much easier, paradoxically, by a bane of modern business, litigation — or at least the fear of it.
“The text had all been copy-edited and sent off to the lawyers, so it had been saved as e-mail,” Mr. Quittner said.
But the artwork, the page layouts, were truly gone, he said, and “our heroic art department had to rebuild all the art assets.” He said they had caught up by Thursday.
Go ART DEPARTMENT! Wooo! You got mentioned in the NY Times!