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Microsoft finds Aussie blogger's posts

Microsoft has mostly reinstated six years of blog archives belonging to Australian mobile technology evangelist Shane Williamson and hosted on its free Windows Live Spaces platform.

Microsoft has mostly reinstated six years of blog archives belonging to Australian mobile technology evangelist Shane Williamson and hosted on its free Windows Live Spaces platform.

The blog had been accidentally deleted in early April, with the software giant initially stating it could not reclaim any part of the data lost. But the evangelist said yesterday Redmond had been able to recover the blog, which had been deleted accidentally by one of the company's anti-spam specialists.

"Your space has been successfully restored from backup," said the company in an email to Williamson this week. All of the archives didn't come back perfectly, however.

"After all the effort put into this by the Spaces engineering team, they were unable to restore some of the images posted in your blog entries," the company said. "This was due to the original state your space was in on the back-end server. Some of your images were stored in one legacy system which needed to have an update applied to store them in another, when the space was originally deleted those pictures on the legacy system became irretrievably lost."

Windows Live Spaces is administered in Australia by ninemsn — the joint venture between Microsoft and PBL Media.

Williamson is seen as one of Australia's foremost experts on the mobile technology space. In the past he's held senior roles focused on the mobile space at a number of companies such as Microsoft, Optus and Hutchison Australia (before the merger with Vodafone). He is also the co-founder of the Mobile Monday Sydney chapter, which attempts to bring mobile industry professionals together.