Today in Clown Computing: MySpace

MySpace lost all music uploaded from 2003 to 2015

About a year ago, all music on MySpace from 2015 and older stopped working. At first MySpace said they were working on the issue, but they eventually admitted they lost all the data (and apparently didn't have backups?). See this thread for more details.

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13 Responses:

  1. TIL: MySpace still exists.

  2. MattyJ says:

    So they used 'mv' instead of 'cp'? WTF?

    I would guess that anyone working for MySpace in 2019 is not best-of-breed IT guy.

    • Cat Mara says:

      AFAIK, MySpace runs on the .NET platform¹. Which could mean Linux nowadays, I guess, but let's be honest, it's probably Windows. They didn't even use ROBOCOPY!

      ¹ Huh. First PHP, then ColdFusion(!), then .NET. JFC.

      • Hey man, ColdFusion was great [in 1997]!

        What've you got against the <table> tag?


        • Cat Mara says:

          I was more surprised by the direction of the rewrite rather than the choice-- normally, you hear of ColdFusion apps being rewritten in PHP instead of the other way around, especially as the writing on the wall for Adobe's long-term support of the thing became all too evident.

          (The decision to move to .NET was completely incomprehensible IMO given the platform's maturity at the time-- and I say that as someone who is a .NET developer IRL.)

          • Haha, yeah, okay, you're right about that. But also, like, migrating off PHP is a good way to reassure me that your product isn't riddled with security bugs you didn't bother to pay attention to, so they had that going for them.

            And: I didn't quite think through the relative dates. That was pretty late state ColdFusion by the time MySpace would've gotten to it… yowza.

  3. tfb says:

    So, I wonder what the life expectancy of wherever people keep the music they make now (Soundcloud?) is? & photos, obviously, will go the same way.

    More interesting: will there be a point where people will learn that everything will be lost unless they keep it? My guess is that no, there won't be, because, really, of CADT: people start bands when they are 18, and when you're 18 whatever music-hosting service that is currently dominant has existed for as long as you can remember and will obviously continue to exist for ever, because 'for ever' is about two years. And the people from your parents generation who go on and on about things from distant history like MySpace and Facebook, whatever that was, while wearing their baggy corduroy trousers and puffing on their pipes, are just stupid old fogeys who can safely be left to do their allotments.

    The only way we ever kept anything was because records, tapes and prints were kind of hard to destroy, it turns out.

    • BHN says:

      Hey, so it turns out the future really is disposable!

    • I am not seriously advocating them as a form of personal data storage (although the Long Now folks are—ho ho ho—long on them), but the ancient civilizations we know about carved their history (see also: probably a lot of lies) in stone or, at a stretch, clay tablets. The ones who took notes on papyrus or similar we only get lucky every once in a while.

    • BHN says:

      And here's this bastard holding out hope to people that someone, somewhere, is actually doing The Right Thing:

      "The more I learn about tech companies the happier I am to be working at one that's actually got great coworkers and a commitment to doing things properly"

      No shame at all, I tell you..

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