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A long while back, this blog lost its database. That's why it went dark for some months.

The host claimed that the database was dropped using it's hosting control panel. This post is an examination of that claim using The Chain of Trust.

It tries to break down that claim and other possibilities to understand their likelihood and difficulty. This is a method to untangle claims to line them up and go down that list. If at any point a link in that chain is seen to be impossible, then the entire claim falls apart.

This is the reasoning that should be done with any discussion, especially something as important as the law. Make a bulleted list, go down it from start to finish. For each link, show another chain coming off of it. Any link from that parent-chain that branches must itself have one single unbroken chain.

This could be demonstrated physically, even graphically, but is straightforward to do in a top-down list (a post), a bulleted list for the main chain, bulleted lists for each link, and hyperlinks for any shared problems.

I don't know that I demonstrated this very well, but I'll give it a shot with a real-world claim.



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When it comes to all the fancy software tools out there, I'm finding myself becoming more and more luddite.

I've learned through reading and discussion many ways on how to handle data. It's something I'm always interested in. However, the one thing that I've learned - and sometimes the hard way - is that no matter how awesome your handling of your data it all falls to pieces when your tools break.

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