Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Died a Horrible Death Number Two....

My computer at the office crashed today. No, not the laptop, that was my computer at home that died a horrible death a couple weeks ago. This is a DIFFERENT computer that just died a horrible death.


The last thing Boss said to me before he left was that he had bought a backup thingie and I should back up my computer, and I mentioned like I would know how to do that, and he did say to get Bill to do it when next he came out or to tell me HOW, and I said I would....

And promptly forgot to.


Sad and depressed. Depressed and sad. Pissed. (not drunk, for you UK folks, here pissed is MAD) (Tho having Dead Val, as my designated drinker, hoist a few for me is not a bad plan)

We don't have a death sentence here yet, unlike the laptop, Hans is bring some disks in the morning and Bill thinks we can get the data off it at least. I sure do hope so. My e-mail is backed up on the web, so that's good, and just today I updated Boss's 09-10 schedule and printed it out for him to look at, then sent it off to Kitty, Him and Agent. And I think I sent Dr Wicked all my writing that was done.

But, well, I am sure you've all been there.

And then, there I was, sad and depressed, and I thought to cheer myself by trying out a new BPAL scent (Lemon Scented Sticky Bat, it is the best yet) and managed to dump nearly the entire bottle of scent onto myself. I now walk in a cloud, despite the bath, of Lemon Scented Sticky Bat.


On the good news front, the Birdchick came over and showed me a picture of a bacon corset, which cheered me up and tomorrow we are doing Bee Things, visiting hives, going over equipment, planning the new hives, all very fun. And the first version of the new Paul and Lorraine site is up. It will be refined and changing, but at least it has video and gigs up.

And on the very good news front, I got my Introduction for my new website from the person who wrote it for me, and it made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Only a few more days!!!!!!!

Love and Crashes,


At 7:15 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...


At 7:15 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

First? I just came for the ricky box and ((hugs)) to a. Back to the grindstone.

At 7:16 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Uggg. Nasty stuff.

At 7:17 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...


I very nearly just wrote a program to check several times a second and post on my behalf. LOL

I'm so sorry to hear about your horrible computer death. I hope the data can be saved!

And now back to working on a super-secret project for your Boss.

At 7:19 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Sorry. I'm in a different, unfocused dimension. Not a spell check, or am I making sense dimension.

((hugs)) for Lorraine. Bagpipes for the computer.

Back to the muse.

At 7:21 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Danguy, way to go on first, and this MUST be super secret, as I don't know about it!!!!!!!!

But I will find out........

At 7:24 PM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

I will sit on my hands and say nothing about not having backups ("datagoddess" is because I manage disks and backups for a living). I am sorry your computer released the magic smoke (figuratively, at least) and I hope you can get your data off of it.

I hope tomorrow is a better day, it sounds like you've had a hell of one.

At 7:39 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Nice looking Paul and Lorraine site, too; giddy about Friday. I already have cake.

Yes, it will be stale by then, but I'm saving it.

Now, off to bed. Tired as all get out. Must be old.

At 7:46 PM , Blogger Ian Ransom said...

Bummer, Lorraine. I have been there (as in: forgot to back-up when I had opportunity) and it is misery. But, be of good cheer. Both times my pc crashed a majority of files were salvageable.
Also, I hadn't checked-in to see what L & Fiends were doing in a couple days, so when I saw your blog-title, I thought it pertained to kitty, because of the bloody cat's ass blog title I also noticed, and all. So I came right over to see, and I'm relieved as hell is isn't one of your little ones, though I can't say that I'm relieved it was your computer that bought the farm, cuz' that still bites. It'll all be top-notch. All okay.

Sending Magical Computer Healing-Vibrations~~ ~~ ~~ ~~

(BTW: The Lemon Perfume Incident sounds interesting. So long as you don't smell like a freshly mopped & waxed floor, lemon is GOOD stuff...right?)

At 7:46 PM , Blogger Lexocat said...

Aaarrrrgh! SO sorry about your computer, Q. It's been a day. Hoping there are survivors for Hans to rescue

Update on Boy: broke both bones in his right forearm after falling off the monkey bars at school this morning. No half measures for that kiddo. Setting things was a bit harrowing but over quickly. He's happy as can be at the moment, having just put away 3 times his usual quantity of dinner. Maybe he's getting a jump on the healing process.

His mother, on the other hand, will be grabbing the single malt as soon as Boy is in bed.

Many thanks to all of you for your well wishes!

At 7:49 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Siri, you are saving cake for a rock concert, doesn't sound old to me..

Data Goddess, rather than sit on your hands I think you should apologize!!!!! You had this secret and did not share it with me? You never thought to make sure I had backed up all my business stopping irreplaceable records???? never a thought to poor me.

ok. I messed up. Never thought it could happen to me. I spaced it. Guilty.

Off to fall on sword...

At 7:52 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hans is bring the OS 10 operating disks which I seem to have LOST. Bill (NBB for fans of the Birdchick is doing th efixing)

Lexo, I am feeling with you, there is NOTHING like you child being hurt!!!!!! Even if he feels fine , I suspect once he is sleeping, you will have a nervous breakdown! Good thinking on the single malt.

At 7:54 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Lexo, so glad your son is happy now!

Seems like many of us need a fresh start tomorrow!

Oh Dan super-secret projects are so exciting!

At 7:59 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

I forget to eat. I forget what day it is. But I don't forget backups - I'm just paranoid (and have witnessed too many crashes of others to know it's never "if" but "when").

If your drive is OK but it's just another part of the computer gone bad, you should be able to get the data back easy peasy. Can you boot from your install discs?

Was it a Luxo type iMac that died? Mine's being quirky of late and I'm worried. I think I remember seeing a pic of one in a photo you posted.

My posts may be non-existent for a bit since I may need to evacuate the house. The drain break + warmer weather is causing a stench so bad that it's actually causing me to hurl - and it is toxic. Whether the issue is repairable won't be known until tomorrow. It would suck to have spent 10 years on this house only to lose it.

/downer messages

I'd vote for Stillwater - or even your wee tiny village for a place for Fiends to stay. I feel safe leaving the car in either spot - big cities, not so much. If it were not winter, I'd be up this weekend for your party since I may need to leave the house anyway. The car can't do snow though. :P

At 7:59 PM , Blogger Adri said...

I feel a sudden itch between my shoulder blades reminding me to go check my backups to make sure they're running.

Also make sure my LED candles are still burning and my ethernet cord wreath is in place.

You have to cover all your bases, after all.

At 8:08 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Eck, timely reminder to back up.
Hope NBB fixes it with no loss of anything except your pride.
Maureen - that sounds horrific. Hope house is all better swiftly too.
DG, do you back up to one of those nifty external harddrives? I have been a-wondering whether I should be investing in one.

At 8:08 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Aw, man! I'm sorry about the computer, Ms. Fabulous. :(
To be honest, I don't remember the last time I backed up my computer. At least you got Boss' schedule sent out, and it isn't complete toast.

I don't know what to do about the Lemon Scented Sticky Bat cloud. Maybe bathe using dishwashing liquid with scent handler enzymes?

In better news, my DH has almost decided that it will be worth his while to go see "Coraline" in 3D. :) Possibly this weekend, though he'll be on call. And DD1 almost started reading my copy of _The Graveyard Book_ tonight because she couldn't look further down the back of the couch to see her current read, _Firestar_.

At 8:11 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

All I can think of to say is:

Back the fuck up!

At 8:18 PM , Blogger Beez said...

awww.....*hugs*dayof much suckage for you. hopefully the non-birding one can help.

Now no sword-falling-on. You are allowed an oops, and there are bacon corsets and mangoes and Birthdays That Rock.

It's all good.

At 8:21 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...


I spy with my Fiendish eye...Ed R!

::sniff, sniff, sniff::
Heh heh heh heh

At 8:31 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Thanks Beez..

Adriandalen is scaring the new Fiends again!

All is well in the world.

At 8:33 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Falling on your sword makes me think I should fall asleep to Serenity tonight.

Speaking of which.

'Night fiends.

(also I am backing up my computer tomorrow. Yup.)

At 8:38 PM , Blogger TommyB said...

As another "disk and backup person" - yes, there are many of us out there, it's an Illuminati-type thing- I will add my condolences on the death of your computer.

Best of luck on your recovery efforts- and for the rest of us: remember you only have to backup the data you want to keep!

At 8:44 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Sally, thanks for the link to your stepmom's blog. It's good to know that at least some of the fires are under control. Here's to the whole situation continuing to get better!

Chantrelle, I'm sure Sarah will get through her battle with such good friends by her side, giving her good food and nurturing.

Has anybody heard from Gayle lately? I know she's busy with M and school, but we haven't heard from her in a while. Just wondering.

At 8:50 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

oh ick, the worst, hope bill and hans are successful in recovering your data. i back up sorta sometimes, and think i will start to be a bit more regimented about it - specially on the Husband Business laptop - might not be a bad idea! Danth, cool- a secret project, yey for you and how fun! Lexo, tip two, my daughter broke one bone off the monkey bars, and i remember well the After She Went to Bed :) and i am off to bed myself, see you all and have a good evening..

At 8:52 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Gayle has been very gone, I know she is busy with school and such, but I hope she pops back soon........

At 9:00 PM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

No falling on swords!! Not allowed! Defecation occurs.

I actually have 4 computers in the house and I back them up to each other, CD, and external disk depending on which machine and what the data is.

Husbeast's laptop died right before Christmas but it was the motherboard, the hard drive popped right into an external case and I fixed him right up. I keep pointing out that he really needs to back up his coursework and research to at least 2 devices (preferable the server and his thumb drive)

Important key is to keep your data files in one central place on your system (I usually use My Documents on Windows boxen) and copy changed files to whatever you use for backup at least once a week, or however much time you can stand to lose. Only things I don't back up that way are my MP3s, which either are ripped from my collection (so I already have it on disk) or are written to CD as soon as I purchase them.

BTW, how's Mim?

At 9:10 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Hmmmm...has anybody checked Gayle's Facebook page? I can't, and it might not tell us anything anyway, but it's a place to check.

At 9:13 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Oh Q; I'm soooo sorry to hear that. Computer crashes are the suckiest sucks of all suckdom.. in short; they suck, suck, suckie suckness! I feel your pain is all I wanted to say. I shall diminish.

At 9:24 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Data, lol, could not understand a word of that , but the last sentence made sense..

Mim seems fine. Can NOT get the pills down her, and have the scratches to prove it, but not sure she needs it.

She is on bland dry food, and one small spoonful of all natural wet food a day....

Venus, who gets all the wet food she wants, won't eat it. Venus did pay fetch tonight FOREVER and is now lying beside me watching me type...

At 9:39 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Was Gayle on FB? Because she's not now.

At 9:50 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

She's still on facebook. I just left a message on her wall.

At 9:51 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

oh my dear!
this is terrible news, and i will teach you how to back up the new NEW computer....
bright side is that you got Danth, Doc Wicky, and NBB on your side.
bees! bees! tell me more about the bees.

At 9:54 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

oh and Hans! him too!
tell him thanks so much for the THOR comics..
by the beard of Odin, i am grateful...ahaha

At 10:00 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Kitty, glad you got the comics, we are here for you!

AH, computer, I will learn from this!

I am for bed, I am thinking, will tell you LOTS about bees tomorrow, complete with pics!

At 10:10 PM , Blogger Na said...

Dan - *snort*

I just sent Gayle a message on fb, and saw Ticia'd written on her wall, too.

Lexa - (very gentle) hugs to your Boy. I will have to tell K about his breaks, she will be duly impressed, at his injury and his composure - on her first day of preschool here, another kid slammed a door on her thumb, which fractured it.

Q, sorry for your ucky day, sympathies for your computer loss.

Maureen - hoping for a best case scenario for you. :O

Whilst I was going about my evening, remembered other artists who I think are cool fish and tentaively recommend; Rasputina (band) and Happy Rhodes. And I like Patti Rothberg, though I'm not sure if she's indie or on a Label. I s'pose I could go upstairs and check, but am giving in to being very tired. Went to yoga class tonight, and we were doing lots. of. pushups. Even the mouse seems heavier than usual.

Cheers all, I'm for sleep soon.

At 10:30 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Well this is weird. Gayle isn't showing up on my friends page,(but we are friends) or on a search - I had to go to your page to get to her wall Ticia. A Facebook oddity?

At 10:42 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Argh. Argh. Argh.
(It's morning here so I can't decently offer to drink a single malt for you (and Lexa) but come evening and I shall).
Good thing that Bill and Hans are there, the superheroes of lost computers.

Speaking of music, I was trying to remember the name of the amazing lady that was playing with Bela Fleck; she is doing music integrating traditional Chinese music and we discussed her, last year but I can't think of her name again...

At 10:45 PM , Blogger Na said...

Abigail Washburn, Nat?

At 10:47 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

Ack! 2 computers within a month? Ouch. Bad Ouch. Thank Fod you still have the email. (and Birdchick to show you bacon corsets;)
And I really what you said about music in the last post..just couldn't catch up to say so. (Stupid sore throat. Stupid cold *kicks a nonexistent pebble*)

Lexa - the single malt sounds well called for! Glad to hear he's ok.

Maureen that's horrible! Definitely evac if it's making you sick. (heck, just thinking about it is making me a little queasy)

Oh, and I saw Coraline in 3D and loved it.

At 11:00 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Could be, Na.

At 11:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whenever you get a new computer/hard drive, etc. (whatever failed anyway) - buy a Mozy backup (http://www.mozy.com) which costs $4.95 a month for unlimited storage. Install it, set it to backup whatever needs to be backed up and forget about it.

ALSO buy an external hard drive (which usually comes with automated/schedule backup software) and use that as well.

Given that I spent 6 years in a film environment in which people have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of data, I cannot stress how important it is to keep *multiple* backups of everything.

At 11:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those in the UK, I do not recommend Mozy (mainly because they are a competitor of my employers - that's the only reason I'm recommending them here as they're US based) - I'd recommend SquirrelSave (http://www.squirrelsave.com) which does the same thing, only better :)

At 11:19 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Nat, yes...Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet. Which is her, Bela Fleck and two other great GREAT musicians.

They played in Santa Barbara in June....and I got them to sign a cd to send off to the Spooky Addams houses...it was fun.

Then Lorraine went and discovered them all on her own :)

But they/she (Abigail) are TOTALLY wonderfully amazing. She does some wicked cool stuff w/a group called Uncle Earl, as well. I posted a link ages back to their very interesting clog dancing meets kung fu showdown video.

Now....much hugs and love for all the other concerned Fiends. Seems like a lot going on. For their sake (and for Lorraine) I am drinking some lovely red wine.

Then to sleep, as tomorrow I spend the whole day being prop mistress to the touring production of Footloose (evidently, they don't bring their own, and hire at each venue. Also evidently..what, they have props?)

Regarding back up hard drives....learned by EVERY person in Iraq; early purchase is a portable harddrive. Then, a large stationary one for a secondary back up.

We are paranoid there, but for good cause.

At 11:20 PM , Blogger Na said...

And a friend just recommended Time Machine if you've got a Mac, but I haven't yet figured out what that is. Looks like DG, Martyn and TommyB have got it covered.

To sleep I go. Is it Friday yet? NO!? Oh.

At 11:36 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Duly noted. Thanks.
And , no - alas - it is not Friday yet. Sigh.

At 12:11 AM , Blogger vampi said...

TIMEMACINE is pretty cool. the first backup is everything, then it keeps backing up every hour, or whatever setting you put only the changes. then if ou want to restore something, yuo can search trhough the backups in a funky visual way. takes a good bit of room, but drives are so cheap now. it's worth it to buy 2 and use the for backup.

lo *waves* i'm reading your comments on my berry. vegas is a hoot.

At 12:50 AM , Blogger Lexocat said...

Hey all, I'm heading bed-ward in a moment but stopped by to share this with everyone. If you've not already seen it, take a look at Elizabeth Gilbert's talk at TED on creative genius. It was wonderful.

At 1:31 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Eeek. I've been thinking I ought to get an external hard drive for my laptop (It dies a couple of months back - thankfully all my photos are backed up on disc and I had hard copies of most of the rest, but it sucked anyway. What a relife that you had Boss's schdule elsewhere too.

Martin - thanks for advice - I went an looked at Squirrel Save and have to say I think it's worth it just for the file names on the demo...

I can't help worrying a little that W mwntioned Dead Val as her designated drinker and we haven't had a comment from Val yet. Is there something we should know?

Lexocat - yes, single malt. Judging by my cousin who did the same at a similr age, Boy will bounce right back - hope your nerves recover quickly too.

Did I miss a link to the Bacon Corset?

At 2:19 AM , Blogger Manuel said...

Sorry for the death of your computer. I hope you can come back to normal operation soon.
*offers scottish shortbread*

At 3:21 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Ah computers.... I spent quite some time with a hard drive in the freezer a couple years ago (no really, and sometimes it works).

I had good backups of all my datafiles.


All of the code for the production data server was NOT in the datafile directory, but off in its own little world.

Much cursing ensued when I realized this omission AFTER the drive died.

I got nearly all of it back, but it was close.

At 5:22 AM , Blogger Ticia said...

I don't want to be an alarmist, but I'm worried about Gayle. The activity on facebook, I tried to ignore, but am concerned about. There have been tons of "Gayle and so and so are friends" posts. And wall comments from these people. But no "Gayle" activity for the past few weeks.....

I know she suffers from SAD.. Does anyone have her phone number? I have an address....

At 5:31 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Look at her info on FB, there might be an email address.

At 5:35 AM , Blogger Ticia said...

Okay. Emailing.

At 6:15 AM , Blogger dabbler said...

{{{fablo}}} Today be a better day! And, you did have a few distractions while Boss was gone, remember...Newbery, fer instance.

At 6:15 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

Oh! Man! That sucks. I really do believe that computers have some wicked psychic power.

I'm sure they can recover the data, but what a nightmare. I hope it gets sorted out soon.

At 6:31 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Well it can't be that secret, Dan, if we now know that such a project exists.

I'm guessing it's some kind of cyber-hat thing.

Gayle left me a comment on something I posted to Facebook just last Friday. She's around. I suspect she's either busy, or just laying low. I get the SADs this time of year, too; sometimes you just need to be lurky and quiet for a while when it hits. It passes.

So come out when you're ready, Gayle. We're here, and we'll heap you with virtual hugs and bad puns. :)

Ouch, Quiche! :( I feel your pain. We've been talking about buying a backup drive for years, ever since The Great Hard Drive Crash of '06. (which none of you will remember, because we didn't know each other yet. I was computerless for something like a week and a half. It was nice. I went outside. :D ) We're still talking about it. Any day now, I'll be screwed.

Just finished reading a book written by an old friend, which came out a couple of years ago. It made me want to stand up and cheer. I'm really proud of her. :)

At 6:48 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

Jess, you went ... outside ... in the sunlight?

I'm scared.

At 7:06 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Yeah, it's nice outside! There are birds and flower smells and people and stuff.

At 7:08 AM , Blogger vampi said...

but...people are scary!

At 7:16 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

I forget what it's like outside. I spend all day at my desk.

I have to turn around and look through an interior window in order to see out through a far window, which lets a ghastly glaring whiteness into the dark that is my officely cave.

Vampi's right. People are out there! I hear them sometimes.

At 7:19 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I am sure Gayle is fine, it's February in the midwest, it's melty and grey and there is no sun. And she has a LOT of school this term.

She was at my gig at the HalfTime recently. Sometimes you just want to be alone, or have no time, she will be back, and we will be here.

Thanks for the computer advice, I'll let you know how it goes today.

Well, or not, if it goes badly, you will have to wait till I get home.

Need more tea.

Going out to Bee today in the grey.

At 7:26 AM , Blogger Ticia said...

I know you're right, Jess. I just worry. I hope she checks in soon.

At 7:26 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Happy Beeing!

At 7:32 AM , Blogger Arwenn said...

To Bee in the grey
Mysterious sort of day
Buzzing in the fog

At 7:46 AM , Blogger Amy said...

Yay bees!

Yay for new music to look for!
(I've been just buying random cds of bands I never heard of with pretty or interesting art on the front. Now I have a lovely list of ones to buy in my bag.)

Yay for closer to the Great Birthday Extravaganza! And the weekend! (Which will include 3D Coraline!)

Yay for the Graveyard Book! (I bought it last night, and read it...and it made me so very happy. Its my new most favorite book ever!)

Yay for having a shiny new dye job on my hair! So bright and wonderful! I feel like a My Little Pony! Its hard not to prance and gallop around here at work.

At 8:15 AM , Blogger TommyB said...

Outside good!

Now I just have to wait for the annual "drying of the swamp" in the backyard. Not a wetland- that would imply some sort of habitat. This is just a big muddy puddle that forms every year. Gotta get some landscaping in.

At the risk of turning this into too much of a tech thread- here's my 2 cents on home backups: go with Mozy or somesuch. After 6 years as the "backup guy" in my company, my experience is that if it's not automatic, it just won't work over the long haul. External drives only work if you remember to hook them up and go through the steps. We all have enough going on without that One More Thing to do. Let the computer do that- that's its job. You're supposed to do fun things like blogging, beekeeping and playing with the cats. Get the service, set a schedule, and get back to fun.

Oh- and be sure and test it at least once. As someone once said "backups are worthless- restores are priceless."

At 8:26 AM , Blogger Adri said...

Getting ready for another work presentation. I know we're sort of down on computers here at the moment (I'm making a burnt circuitboard offering as we speak), but there is something completely marvelous about being able to give this presentation from the comfort of my own desk.

We have people from Texas, NYC, and North Carolina presenting. We're talking to people in Seattle, San Francisco, and Israel.

At 8:45 AM , Blogger TommyB said...

Computers are Great!

Another quote for the IT crowd; Thou shalt not take Bill Gates' name in vain- for without him, thou wouldst be flipping burgers.

At 9:15 AM , Blogger Na said...

Hooray for bees and future bee posts.

Lexocat - thanks for that link! I just listened to it, then downloaded the talk; expect to be re-listening to it from time to time. :)

Outside. *scratches head* So that's what that's called. I used to live in this outside; yes, I remember it now. I believe there is something called a sonne as well?

At 9:33 AM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

I hear rumor of a sonne, but there's no evidence of it today. There's rain out in the big gray room today.

I usually stay inside, myself, and listen to voices on my headset babble on (making sure I'm on mute, myself) and talk to the people who live in my computer.

And I totally agree, backups have to be automatic to really work, and the goal is not to have a successful backup but a successful restore. So you have to test them, too (no, I was not just on yet another con call in prep for our DR testing, what would make you think such a thing? ;-)

At 10:10 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Jess - I'm glad you have flower smells because at first i read that you went outside to smell people.

Out of 70+ comments that i tried to skim, that's what I came away with.

Oh computers, weren't you supposed to make our lives easier? I have an external drive that I backup my Mac mini on to. But the external drive is huge so I use it for movie files and such and I don't have a backup for that drive. Hubby gets on my case for not having a backup all the time, but when I suggest something like mozy he doesn't like that idea. Maybe i'll suggest it again. or maybe I'll just sneak and sign up for it when he's out of town on business ;-)

I took dinner to my friends Sarah last night after her chemo treatment. She still felt good, but she said it takes a few days to sink in because they pump you full of steroids and anti-nausea meds (not anti-Nazi meds which my voice software thought I said). it's going to be a long road but she's strong and has a great network supporting her.

I have to head out to acupuncture!

At 10:13 AM , Blogger Dread Val said...

No, I'm not Dead Val. Sheesh. That would mean Dan Guy and the Bengal-Bee Alliance had won!

Quiche, I now know exactly what to send you for your birthday, and luckily, I have it right here in my office. My sympathies on the loss of data.Others have already chastised you soundly, it seems, so I won't lecture, but I will hoist a few in your data's honor tonight.

At 10:24 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

I just did some reading about Mozy. I don't know what other online backup services do, but I would NOT be happy with this one.

a. You can only use one computer with the basic account.

b. (MUCH more important): If you change or delete a file, Mozy changes or deletes the backed-up file. They only keep previous file versions for 30 days. Yikes! If you delete something by mistake, isn't the backup supposed to be there for you???

I'll stick to my own external hard drives for now.

At 10:56 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

Jess! I went outside. It was bright. It was lovely. It was 60 hot degrees. I even saw a bird, but no bees. The flowers were in hiding. However, I am happy to report that the black ice-sludge is melting.

Yeah for meling black ice-sludge!

At 10:57 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

P.S. Why does Dan Guy's icon come up as a red X? Has he been targeted by the blogosphere?

At 10:58 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

It's hot here too, even if my favorite new weather site says it's only all right.

63F? In February? No wonder I have a raging case of spring fever.

And also, zombies.

At 11:11 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

RIP Hard Drive........

(anyone out there doing Pro Bono Data Recovery? My address book....Sigh!)

At 11:12 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

Oh, crap! I'm sorry!

At 11:25 AM , Blogger louisa said...

Evening Fiends

Q, complete sympathy on your loss, I had a similar situation last year and now religiously backup to an external once a week. My cousin lost his laptop when his cat peed on it - I don't know that he even tried to retrieve anything off it.

Sally! I'd be delighted send you the book, email me your details: louisa at ravenbooks dot ie. The launch was so much fun last night, got to talk with lots of interesting writers and examine some v cool tattoos! There was much wine so today has not exactly been in focus.

At 11:59 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Trying to drown your sorrow at this very moment in a not so wee dram of whisky, Lorraine.
I hope the bees are behaving better than the computer...

At 11:59 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

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At 12:10 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I had heard of alcohol causing thedrinker to see double but never of it causing the drinker to post double.
Or maybe I had only posted once and saw them double. Oh dear. And I have hardly started...

At 12:19 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

Phiala, many thanks for the zombie link! I'll never hear John Denver the same way again.;)

Birds are singing out my window. I would go see that "outside" place except that it's raining.

At 12:22 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

natatlie, have one for me as i could sorely use one and dare not since i have my night class to tonight. getting off the couch and out the door is going to be a major feat. rip hard drive lorraine, hope the bee -ing goes better. gray sloppy half frozen wet here, tho its warm again which is very nice.

At 12:28 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Okay, dear, will do. Hugs.

At 12:35 PM , Blogger Jess said...

66 degrees! I've got windows open! \o/ It's all going away tomorrow, says the weather thing-- but for now I don't much care.

Many sympathies, Q. :( I have observed a moment of silence for Dear Departed Hard Drive. It spun till it couldn't. Which is all any of us can do.

At 2:19 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Not feeling the data recovery love here Fiends, do you know what was IN that address book???????

At 2:24 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Q, I feel sure that the address book was full of magical ways to contact and conjure all sorts of amazing people. sadly I have no helpful advice or knowledge to offer which might help.
I shall hold a minutes silence in memory of it, f you feel that may help.

Can DanGuy or Dr Wicked help?

At 2:24 PM , Blogger Arwenn said...

The secrets of the universe? Information that would reduce mere mortals to quivering masses of fangirl/boy jelly?

At 2:28 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Oh, I can imagine, Lorraine.

Thus the shocked and horrified silence.

At 2:38 PM , Blogger TommyB said...

Hard drive recovery can be pretty specialized- we've used Kroll-Ontrack for that in the past. They have some pretty nice low-cost options and will do a free consultation. You can also download free trial versions to get back one file- find out if it's worth your time.

At 2:42 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

If the computer was a Mac, I have some things I've done before that have helped me get back data from my OS X drives.

I'll email you.

At 3:39 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

address book of doom!
i have some, i can say Boss sent me his contact list for the Coraline tickety thingy.
i send to you, lady.
now tell me WHY is the Paul & Lorraine blog closed for comments? me confused.
want to say DR WICKED, you rock. it looks grande.

At 4:06 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...


So did NBB put the HD in a new computer to see if it would work, and it didn't? Do you know if the drive even spun up? That would help determine if it's a hardware problem with the drive interface or if it's damage to the platters themselves. The former I could probably help with, the latter requires computer forensics beyond my resources.

At 4:30 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Ack. Have been on the phone with Dell technician for 88 minutes trying to resolve issue with noisy fan that started this morning.
Haven't even had my breakfast yet.sob.
Who is making so many of the Fiends computers problematic?

At 4:58 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Thanks everyone, I will ask...It's not SO bad, lost a lot of pics, The Address Book, but my e-mail is webased as well as computer based so THAT'S all there, and I had just printed out updated and sent out Boss's schedule for 09-10.

And I spent a month e-mailing people to confirm addresses, so they are THERE, just have to spend a couple days updated.

In Gmail.

At 4:59 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Paul and Lorraine site is getting worked on. Paul is doing some serious job searching, and we want him to come off as a scientist, so it is minimal for now, but will be better than ever soon.

At 5:00 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Downloading pics and doing new post now....

One filled with happiness!

At 5:42 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Fiend love for Quiche!

At 6:06 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hmmm...Not so chatty Fiends....Hiding???

New post is up!

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