They say you just don’t get what you pay for anymore. In a good many cases, I’d agree with that.

But every once in a while, you do.

This all started on Wednesday morning when a house two doors down from me was struck by lightening. Nobody was hurt but it zapped a transformer which zapped pretty much everybody with what can best be described as a power surge.

Then of course the power was gone for an hour and change.

After the power was restored, our server was trashed. I don’t know what happened exactly, but things were simply broken.

All the files were still there, all the software was still there, but it was as if none of it knew the other was there. Our site was down and I fought for a day-and-a-half trying everything I could to repair it and couldn’t.

For the record, I am at best a novice at Linux. So there’s that in my defense.

I wound up over at the Virtualmin forum where I was describing my problem when a gentlemen named Niel Hirjee messaged me and was trying his level best to help me fix things.

He asked to log on and see things for himself, something I was very wary of doing but in desperation decided I really had nothing to lose.

Needless to say, it was a bloody mess. He flat out told me, “I’d be much better off just saving your site data, transferring it all off site, having you wipe the server and put a fresh install on it and letting me rebuild it from there.”

His fee?

25 dollars per hour. All things considered, a bargain.

It took us about 5 hours to get things done and up and running and it’s as if nothing ever happened.

In this day and age of “everything is a scam” and “you’re not paranoid because everybody is in fact out to get you” it was a very nice change of pace to not get shafted.

So if anybody that reads this needs some serious, professional IT / Linux / Virtualmin help for a very reasonable rate, I very highly recommend Niel Hirjee.

Here’s how to get in touch with him:

Niel Hirjee
Calcutta, India
Phone: +917003121274
Email: [email protected]
Web: Calport Technologies
Profile for PM on Virtualmin

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