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LiveJournal lays off substantial number of employees without severance (various estimates of numbers, but roughly half the thirty staff seems right - summary here).

Fortunately, there is a good choice of software for backing up your journal:

  • ljArchive (Windows only, archives entries and comments)
  • ljmigrate (needs python, archives entries, comments and userpics)
  • ljdump (needs python, archives entries and comments)
  • LJBook (produces PDF of your LJ, currently overwhelmed)
  • LiveJournal Backup (Windows only, archives entries and comments)
  • LJSM (needs perl, archives entries, comments, memories, userpics, other images)
  • jbackup (needs perl, archives entries and comments)
  • XJournal (OS X only, GUI-based, archives entries only
  • LiveJournal Export (month by month as XML, archives entries only)

This is a cybernetic datum for the public good.

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Any recommendations on the Mac front?

I've used ljmigrate; it's a command line tool, but it does the job, and it's relatively well-documented.

Hmmn, am a total python newbie (command line experience is limited to DOS way back when!), but I'll investigate that one, cheers!

I used ljdump on basically the same logic, and I now have a bunch of XML and some sundry trimmings in Eris-knows-what format. It was also trivial enough that I could be moderately sure it wasn't going to accidentally delete everything, or post my password to 4chan.

Not that I didn't take crude backups with Opera first...

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