Update on Tiddlyspot site recovery

posted by simon on Wednesday, October 28, 2020

I now have access to the S3 bucket that all Tiddlyspot sites have been backed up to. Thanks Clint Checketts for the help. (This means the Dreamhost ticket #9255564 I mentioned before is no longer relevant.)

I'm working on a script to download all the sites using aws. It's kinda working, so at this stage it appears I will be able to recover the data from all Tiddlyspot sites, assuming they made it into the S3 bucket safely.

Once I have the data, my plan is to try to bring back a readonly version of Tiddlyspot. It's likely "public" sites will be available there sooner than "private" sites, since I'll need to figure out a good way to keep private sites private.

Anyway, I'll keep you posted on the progress via this blog.

Ps, the idea of bringing back a fully functional Tiddyspot at some point in the future is still on the table, but I'm going to focus only on data recovery for now.

Pps, thanks very much for the responses. The summary is a lot of you are still using Tiddlyspot, and there are quite a few people who don't have any backup copy of their sites.


Blogger cmg4567 said...

thank you so much for all of this progress you've made in such a short time! I eagerly await the recovery of my data! this whole thing has had the potential to be catastrophic to me! thanks again!

Oct 28, 2020, 1:08:00 AM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

That's great news Simon, and thank you so much for all your efforts on behalf of the community.

Oct 28, 2020, 3:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you :)

Oct 28, 2020, 3:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Rishi said...

Thanks for update, I had just started using it and was getting my self familiarized your blog was great resource I had a few pages bookmarked

Oct 28, 2020, 4:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Kelvin Nava said...

Hi Simon, thanks for the news. In my case I did not have data hosted on Tiddlyspot but I just knew the JD customization material hosted on TiddlySpot. I really regretted the loss of this. I hope they can get this back too. Best of luck guys.

Oct 28, 2020, 4:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Kelvin Nava said...

PS: About the JD stuff, I mean the themes like Whitespace, Mono and other valuable plugins that had been developed for TiddlyWiki.

Oct 28, 2020, 4:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Simon,

Thanks so much for your efforts, I found out the hard way this morning (NZ time) that my online GTD tool is no longer working :-(

If there is anyway I/we can assist let us know.

Colin from New Zealand

Oct 28, 2020, 5:52:00 AM  
Anonymous ischi said...

Hi Simon,
I hope you will manage to get the whole tiddlyspot back, not only a readonly version. Of course I would also be happy to have a readonly version because I don't have good backups. Thanks for everything. Greetings from Switzerland

Oct 28, 2020, 6:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're a superstar Simon, thanks a ton for all your hard work on this.

Oct 28, 2020, 7:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your hard work Simon. I think we all hope for the access to be restored but if not, I hope that we can get a backup of the our tiddlyspot file for use offline.

Thanks again for all that you are doing and have done so far.

Oct 28, 2020, 8:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Simon,

Just a thought, for me as a private user I'd be happy for you to simply email me my private tiddly wiki file rather than you going to the effort of working out a way to publish it (whilst keeping it private) - does that work for you?

Colin from New Zealand

Oct 28, 2020, 2:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the hard work!

Oct 28, 2020, 3:30:00 PM  
Blogger Pepe said...

Hi Simon,

thanks a lot for your work. Tiddlyspot offered a great an flexible service to me to collect and access all kinds of information.
Like Colin wrote above - it would be great to get a copy of the file by email if this is easy to achieve. I have a lot of information in it which I'm using on a daily basis for my professional work and I'm a bit lost without it.

Cheers Peter

Oct 28, 2020, 4:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Mr. T said...

Thank you for your efforts.

I had been using my tiddlyspot for a decade. When I went on Sunday night I was horrified. Please let me know if there is any way we, as a community, can help.

DEFINITELY a daily user.

Mr. T

Oct 28, 2020, 6:50:00 PM  
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Oct 28, 2020, 8:32:00 PM  
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Oct 28, 2020, 9:44:00 PM  
Blogger mauszfabrick said...

thank you so much!

Oct 28, 2020, 9:45:00 PM  
Blogger eSko said...

Thanks for trying to bring it back. Not that I was using it to store something very important, but URLs and know-how snippets from my tiddly are good to have handy anyway.

Oct 28, 2020, 9:47:00 PM  
Blogger Vayira said...

Thank you

Oct 28, 2020, 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger Sergey said...

I really appreciate this. My last backup was from a couple of months ago so I hope to not loose the updated content :(

Oct 29, 2020, 2:22:00 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thanks for all your hard work on this! I've been using TiddlySpot for multiple things for about 14 years and feel rather lost without it. I had fairly recent backups, so didn't lose too much data, but being able to access my most recent version even in a read-only format would be very helpful.

Thanks for making TiddlySpot available for so many years!

Oct 29, 2020, 7:11:00 AM  
Blogger ThunderChicken said...

Thank you! I'd also love to access something even if only in read-only to ensure I have a copy of the years of ideas that ended up there.

Oct 29, 2020, 7:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the hard work. Read only, really helps us to recover the information! Thanks a lot!

Oct 30, 2020, 2:03:00 AM  
Blogger es said...

Just following up with appreciation (for the effort on behalf of restoring access to data), but also a plea for us all to support the revival of tiddlyspot in all its glory. The more I look into alternatives, the more I come up against the realization that there's really nothing out there (even so many years after its launch!) that accomplishes what tiddlyspot has done so neatly:

* Saving in modern browsers with no fuss and no pile-up of downloads;
* Accessing, across platforms and locations, with nothing more than a url;
* Having zero gap between editing, saving, and serving for public access;
* Having backups that stay out of the way until they're needed.

It seems other solutions offer one or two of the above, but none covers them all.

Nov 6, 2020, 12:36:00 PM  

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