CM reported today that over the weelend the system (CM dashboard) just stopped working, stopped returning results.
"could not complete the operation due to error c00ce56e"
Did a bit of hunting, and that's when I stumbled upon a few sites:
which spoke about changing of character sets.
I added the following header on each of the .php files like so:
header("Content-type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1");
and the problem disappeared. Hooray for now.