Friday, August 14, 2009

Resurfacing; or Excuses, Excuses, Excuses; or The Dunciad

I never intended my hiatus to go on this long. Since my last entry (good grief, more than 3 months ago!), I spent many weeks on a combination of sick leave and vacation time. I thought of topics for a new blog entry, but using my computer was frustrating because it had begun to run very slow and hang up a lot. I kept postponing a new entry. I enjoyed vegging-out to the max.

A couple of weeks ago I had to re-enter the real world, however: I returned to my job full-time and have been busy catching up on a backlog of work. I'm grabbing a few minutes to say I'm alive and still kicking. But disgruntled.

Very disgruntled, because a few days ago my laptop computer was stolen. That means my only Internet access now is at my office. I can arrange for a replacement computer--a friend has already found one someone wants to get rid of--but I'm mourning the loss of everything that was on the stolen computer. Everything I've written in the past year--from e-mail to business documents to personal writing--was on it.

And, alas, I hadn't backed it up. And I didn't password-protect my files.

Yes, you may sneer and tell me you don't feel sorry for me. Any experienced computer user who doesn't back up regularly is a fool. And password-protection is elementary security.

I am making a dunce cap for myself right now.


Charles Gramlich said...

Geeze that's rotten. Where were you at? A book store or something? People!

Lisa said...

As many times as I've had PC disasters, I would never tell anyone she deserved any loss. Just this week I also had a minor disaster -- first my laptop motherboard fried and then as soon as it was replaced, the hard drive began to fail. Fortunately, I was on a business trip to my corp hq so the IT guy was able to help me out on the spot. There are some sectors on my HD that were damaged, but it looks like he'll be able to recover most of my stuff (this time) and ship me a new HD. I'm sort of halfway back now.

I am SO glad to see you back though and want to know how you're feeling after all of your health issues.

Steve Malley said...

There room under that cap for two? I lost a year recently due to hard drive failure. I kept a close eye on My Little Friend and had passwords and all, but none of that helps when the Blue Screen of Death comes calling...


cs harris said...

Make me one of those caps while you're at it. I never learn. I'm so sorry this happened.

Lana Gramlich said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the laptop hon. Please don't beat yourself up about any of that, however. It's bad enough to have to endure, without giving yourself crap, too. <:(

Shauna Roberts said...

Oh, how awful! That's definitely not what you deserved.

Glad to see you back and blogging again, though.