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I'm baaaaaccccckkkkk .....

You know, ten years ago I didn't even own a computer. Ten days ago I didn't think about them. Ten hours ago I was screaming like a girl and slamming my head against the wall when I finally had to admit my software wasn't recoverable, and I had to reformat the hard drive and start all over again. The good news: I backup every month. The bad news: I was about three days short of my next backup, which means I lost some pictures and writing as well as all my bookmarks, address books, some songs I'd downloaded but not burned to a disc, ect. No idea why; my hard drive just ... disappeared.

Fifteen years ago I plunked my stories out on a manual typewriter, and thought nothing about what else technology might do for me. Three days ago I was shaking, stumbling around the house, mumbling to myself, in full internet withdrawl. I would stop strangers on the street: "Please, Miss, do you have a computer and an internet connection? All I need is one hit, just one to get me by ..."

Life was simpler ten years ago.

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redwolf
Aug. 21st, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
Geek tip of the day: When your computer is back up, get the hard drive partitioned. You keep your operating system and software on one partition and your data on another. If your operating system borks and you need to reinstall, all your data is still safe. It has dug me out of a hole on several occasions.
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
duh ...?
That's an excellent idea ... the cheap side of me rebels against burning a new CD backup every few days, even if they are relatively cheap, but that technique wouldn't cost me a dime.
keith5by5
Aug. 21st, 2005 07:59 am (UTC)
Wimp
Try having a sudden electrical storm hit your house and fry your computer through the internet connection, wiping the hard drive everything...
ozma914
Aug. 21st, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
No, thanks
Been there with the sudden failure of an ancient electrical service to my house. Kept the computer, but lost an expensive printer and several other home appliances. Oddly, despite our frequent thunderstorms, I've never been hit by lightning (yet). You know what they say: the only computer users are those who have lost data and those who will.
keith5by5
Aug. 22nd, 2005 08:32 am (UTC)
Re: No, thanks
Very true saying.

FOrtunately, I had to send it off to an insurers because the monitor went (first thing I noticed), so I backed EVERYTHING up). The disc only corrupted when the computer was disconnected.

Don't ask, don't know.
ozma914
Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Abra Computa!
I wish I was one of those geniuses with the wands and pointed hats who can figure out why computers do the things they do. I'd still be a nerd, but I'd be a rich nerd.
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