November 14th, 2004


but who's counting?

"If there is someone on your friends list who you would either like to tie down and have your way with, teasing them mercilessly and making them beg for release, or have them tie YOU down, post this exact same sentence in your journal."


suckage is having your primary storage disk fall a foot to the (hardwood) floor, while in use

bonus is getting 80%+ of what was on it, off, without much effort

suckage is having that last 20% include what's vitally important -- all my mail, f'rinstance, where much of my work lives

bonus is getting 80%+ of that with an accelerated software purchase, that was on the to-be-bought list anyway

suckage is finding that the remaining 4% includes all the mailing lists you've been archiving for years

why couldn't I have lost all the harvested pr0n and other random net-ritus, and had the *important* stuff stay whole? (hi, Murphy, it's been a while...)

I know all the backup rules -- and I've enforced them on my clients time and again -- and on myself, too, in the past... but somehow with the last couple of drive updates and computer changes, my backup routine has fallen to pieces -- and I have.... virtually none.

now I get to decide whether the small chance of recovering those key missing files is worth the $95 evaluation charge, and if that pans out, then worth the $700 or more that all the major data recovery shops charge...

lesson -- backups. and more backups. and if you *do* use an external disk with a laptop, make *damn* sure it's on the floor before you pass the machine to someone else.