Oh, I nearly forgot. Just checked in with diary-x and found this:
Diary-X has suffered from an unrecoverable drive failure. Due to a combination of issues, the last backup (from December 2004) contained only configuration files and other non-essential files. We do not have any other backups for the site. All journals, user information, forum posts, templates, images, and everything else are all irrecoverably lost.
… as I suspected. Mental note to self to haul arse back home and hope like hell that I have backed up some files… sometime way back when.
And it just highlights to me that in many ways I think I’d be happier taking this into my own hands and setting up my own web server/blog server at home, and working from there.
In any case, I’ve updated my details here.