The evils of television…
This past week has been outrageously busy, and it wasn’t until yesterday that I found the time to continue my Christmas movie marathon. So I settled in on the couch, dvds piled by my side, and got down to business.
First up: While you were Sleeping. Not technically a Christmas movie, but it takes place around the holiday season, and it makes me laugh and cry! I especially love Joe Jr–unfortunately, I’ve known people just like that. Not so funny in real life.
Moving on: White Christmas. This is a movie that I must watch every Christmas, and a few times in between. I love musicals, I love the concept of bursting into song and breaking out in dance. It’s so romantic. And then there’s the clothes! Rosemary Clooney was beautifully dressed in that movie. But my favourite part is the humour. It’s a heartwarming story, but the one-liners kill me. I think it would be trite without them.
So, two movies down, time for a bathroom break…whoops, tripped over the computer cord! I watched with horror as my laptop crashed to the ground.
I never thought I’d say, “I wish the computer had broken”, but I do. You see, the laptop still works. But my hard drive is damaged and thus can’t be read. So all my files, emails, ebooks, music, everything, are trapped on this little piece of something smaller than my hand, and I can’t get to them!
The tech guy I rushed it to sent me off to a data recovery specialist, who examined it and called me earlier today. Prognosis: not good. I now have two options, repair here for around $1500, 50% chance of success and mid-Feb turnaround, or send to US for repair, between $2500-3500, 60% chance of success and late-Jan turnaround. Decisions, decisions…
In the meantime, I realised that my last backup was not recent enough…I lost a few thousand words on my current WIP, along with the other things that I never thought of backing up, because…well, just because.
So here I sit at a borrowed computer, surrounded by flash drives and notes on online data backup stores, trying not to think about the huge chunk of my life I may never get back. I know it sounds dramatic, but stop and think…what do you keep on your PC?