We are back

Early 2015, the tools4movies website was compromised. No personal information was stored on the website, however, we found various links and images with references to x-rated websites, and while they were not directly tied to the articles on the website, it was obvious that nothing on the site could be trusted anymore, so we flipped the switch on the website.

Rebuild:

Without knowing how far and deep things were compromised, we took the website down, changed passwords and started on getting things back up and running.

Initially we worked with a recent backup, but with the amount of data we had to work through to make sure it wasn't compromised proved too time-consuming, so the decision was made to start from scratch.

Personal life:

Unfortunately, while dealing with the website, my wife's health issues started to kick into overdrive, resulting in a few hospital stays of several weeks. She is doing much better, but the way her health is resulted in me taking over the majority of her responsibilities.

I now take care of the housekeeping and appointment-travel needs of her parents, and have taken over the care of my stepson's children, whom are now living with us.

With the website down, I also had to find other, more stable means of income and I now work for a local computer store in order to be able to make bills.

Changes:

My extra responsibilities are unfortunately keeping me from doing much on application development. For these last couple of months, I tried to find some sort of working development schedule, but I'd consider myself lucky if I get half an hour of actual work in an 8 hour period. Development itself is complicated enough, but if you are working on something and are interrupted on a regular basis to assist a family member, it is very time-consuming to get back to where you left off at.

Rather than trying to fight that, I made the difficult choice to discontinue some of our most time-consuming applications. This allows me to focus on providing the best possible support for my customers instead.

Future:

My wife's health issues are unfortunately consistent, and while we are constantly adapting whenever things change, it is always uncertain what and when things will go downhill again.

My in-laws will continue to require my personal assistance for just about everything from housekeeping to taking them to their appointments. Unless it gets to the point of moving them to a nursing home this will remain as well.

My stepson's children are still young and require a lot of time and attention. Unless my stepson will decide to grow up and show interest in his children instead of a bottle, the kids will continue to grow up in our home.