Jul 4, 2010

ARGH

So, now that the opening of the exhibition has passed (thank you all so much for the kind words and support, by the way), I was looking forward to resuming normality in both my online and my offline lives. I had plans to write at least a week worth of posts this weekend, to catch up on e-mail, to respond to comments, to do some blog hopping, etc. And on the work front, I was glad I was going to return to stress-free 8-hours-days quietly working on the archives.

Unfortunately, none of this was to be. My laptop has died on me. It could be a problem with the processor or one of the memory sticks, but it’s more likely that a windows file somehow got corrupted. I’ll need to do a clean install, but first I have to take it somewhere to back up everything I have in there, which includes a) my whole life and b) nine months worth of work. There’s a saying in Portuguese that can be roughly translated as, “Once your house has been robbed, you learn to lock all the doors.” You can be sure I’m going to be really careful about making regular back-ups once I have a working computer again. Until I grow lax again, that is, and it’ll be then that something will happen.

If you’re here today looking for my Classics Circuit post on Anton Chekhov’s short stories, I’m really, really sorry :\ It’s written, but it’s in the hard-drive I can’t currently access. And I can’t use the computer I’m posting this from for long enough to write it again. I really hate to let the Classics Circuit down, but under these circumstances there’s nothing I can do. My post is going to have to be late.

I guess I’ll see you guys once I have a working computer again - hopefully that won’t take too long, because I need it for work. Every day without it is one day of work that I lose. To my American friends, I hope you’re having a lovely holiday weekend. And to everyone else, I hope your weekend is less stressful than mine. See you soon, I hope.

43 comments:

  1. Aw Ana that sucks. I am so bad about backing up my computer. Perhaps I should do that sometime this week...

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  2. Christina, do it today! Don't be like me :P My stuff should be okay, though, as it's unlikely this is hard-drive related. I guess this should also teach me to save my pre-written posts as drafts and not as Word files. Live and learn, eh?

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  3. I do say this often, but when I have technological problems, I instantly fall into a depression. I suck at fixing these types of problems, and am usually at the mercy of some guy who charges a million dollars an hour. So I wish you luck in a quick resolution. We won't abandon you!

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  4. It's always something, isn't it?

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  5. So frustrating... good luck!

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  6. Oh, my external hard drive kicked it a few weeks ago, taking with it writing notes (thankfully not my first draft of my first novel) and tons of other files it'll be a pain to replace- you bet I'm better about backing things up now!

    I hope your computer troubles get fixed soon.

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  7. Picture it: The Sunday before finals week in my junior year at university. I am in the editing stage on a 35 page essay on nationalist philosophy in 19th century Irish Literature. The screen goes black. I reboot and...black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left hand corner. Time and again, no luck. The whole thing crashed with no possibility of recovery. I had five essays due that week, all of them lost. Needless to say I almost had a heart-attack, and over the next two days of frantic essay writing, I seriously considered the benefits of running away to Mexico and living in a shack by the ocean. ;) In other words, I feel your pain.

    I hope you can get what you need off the computer!

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  8. How sucky! Hope you get everything up and running soon.

    I always attach important docs such as theses and papers in my email, to be on the safe side.

    And luckily I only had install windows again only once, but vista automatically saves the files and music etc.

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  9. Oh, I'm sorry to hear this. =( Computer troubles are among the worst possible. My first laptop threatened to die my senior year of college and, as I tried desperately to transfer files from XP to Vista (my dad gave me a new one as a graduation present several months early), was very sad that I hadn't backed anything up any other way. We'll miss you while you're gone and I hope everything gets fixed soon!

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  10. Ugh, I'm so sorry this happened! Computer troubles are a misery - I will take this opportunity to back up all my stuff. I hope you are all sorted out very soon!

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  11. Maybe this is the universe saying, "Ana, take a well-deserved break." (But still, I hope you are up and running again soon.)

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  12. Blargh, that's a huge pain! I got obsessive about backing up my computer this past semester - no WAY I was going to be one of those horror stories about 11th hour computer problems derailing a dissertation. One back-up hard drive at home, one at work, and my critical folders backed up online at Mozy. Best of luck to you in getting your tech problems solved sooner rather than later!

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  13. I'm so sorry, Ana! I hope things get sorted soon.

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  14. OUCH! Hope things get resolved quickly.

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  15. That's terrible. I hope you're up and running again soon. We'll be waiting anxiously for your return!

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  16. Ack! How awful! I hope your problems are cleared up soon!

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  17. sorry Nymeth, hope you get it all sorted out soon :)
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

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  18. Oh dear, my sympathies. I hope you can get it fixed. By the way, I have not read your review of The Essential DTWOF yet (I'm in the process of writing mine) but I do appreciate the mention at the bottom! Thank you and best of luck with the laptop.

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  19. Oh no! So sorry about your data/computer problems.
    I have lost too many times, your words of wisdom are so true. A friend of mine just lost all his contacts on his iPhone because he hadn't backed up. He taught me a lesson for sure.
    Good luck with your restore. Have a good week regardless. :)

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  20. Once again, I'm really sorry Ana :( I think what would kill me more than anything if this happened again would be losing all of my music. That happened to me with my last computer. When my HP died, I had about 35 GB of music that I was unable to recover!!! I didn't even care about all of the papers I had written or anything like that...all I cared about was my music. Now I keep it all on my iPod too, but I didn't before...But even now, there's only so much I can fit on my iPod...not that much!! I only have an 8 GB iPod! I hope you can get everything back!!!

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  21. Oh no, I'm really sorry about your computer! I hope that you can recover all of your files and get your computer back and running soon. Best of luck.

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  22. Argh is right. :( I'm so sorry. I'm kind of paranoid about this sort of thing, myself, but I still don't back my stuff up often enough. I'll make some time for it today.

    I hope you've got your computer back soon, and that you don't lose too much.

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  23. I so hope that the computer issues can be solved quite easily and fast for you!!!

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  24. Hey Ana! Like I said on Twitter the other day, I hope you can get this all fixed and get your data back. I need to back up my computer. I had it backed up, but we had to reformat the external drive, which means I just lost the backup...

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  25. Sucky! Computers always malfunction when you need them most, don't they? I hope it's all fixed soon!

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  26. Oh, I'm so sorry Ana! Hope you can get it fixed soon.

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  27. I am so sorry about what happen to your Computer. I hope all thing get well soon. I know that you can make it. I believe in you.

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  28. I can definitely feel your frustrations, Ana! I hope it'll be fixed soon!

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  29. I'm so sorry about your laptop! And I really hope your 9 months of archive work will return to you. It must be very frustrating. And you have me really frightened. I'm going to back up all my documents right now.

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  30. ouchie! Sorry to hear about the computer..yeah it never fails to make us unhappy campers even if everything is backed up.. it's a lot of work getting things up and running and each program set to specs again.. :o( I hope things go well !

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  31. I do believe there is nothing more frustrating than computer problems! I hope that the backup process is relatively painless and you are back to electronic normalcy again.

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  32. Oh Anna! This is so stinky! I know what it's like to be without a computer when you rely on it for almost everything you do. I hope that things are resolved soon and that your computer is back to normal in a short amount of time. Take care!

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  33. Ana, sorry to hear you are having computer problems. Enjoy the break though and we will see you when you get back.

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  34. Computer problems are never fun. Hope you get your computer back soon!

    I guess in the meantime you'll just have to curl up with a good book :)

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  35. Sorry to hear about your computer troubles, that's the worst! Especially when you thought life was just about to get back to normal. :(

    Good luck - hope it's all better soon!

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  36. Oh no! Mine runs regular backups, automatically, but sometimes they don't run for whatever reason. Yes disaster makes you very careful afterwards. Good luck getting everything restored.

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  37. Thank you so much, everyone! And apologies for not replying to comments one by one - but please know I appreciated them all. The good news is that a clean install seems to have done the trick and the laptop is working again. And more importantly, I managed to back everything up before formatting. The bad news is that for some reason it doesn't recognise my network adaptor, so I can use it for work but not to come online. But it shouldn't be a hardware problem, just something with the driver, so hopefully I'll be able to fix it and come back properly soon. I miss you all and hope you've been reading lots of excellent books :)

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  38. So sorry to hear about your computer Ana. I still remember how devastated I was when my home computer hard drive crashed a few years ago. You are reminding me that I need to back up my blog as well as all of my music and photos on my MAC at home! I hope your computer is fixed and SOON!

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  39. Oh Ana, how awful and frustrating and aggravating and infuriating this all must have been! As wonderful as computers are, they can be hell on the blood pressure. I'm happy that things seem to getting fixed! I'll keep all digits crossed that everything is working for you very, very soon!

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  40. I'm so sorry to hear this! I hope your computer is up and running soon. I always look forward to your posts. Best of luck.

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  41. I feel your pain right now as my laptop is also in the shop. Here's wishing it a quick recovery.

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  42. Ana--I hope that you're able to get your computer restored and not get too terribly behind in work, but I also hope this gives you a very nice break.

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  43. Oh, good luck getting everything right again. I had the problem last year and it wasn't until the computer broke down the SECOND time that I got my act together and backed up everything. Don't you just hate one piece of machinery can hold and control your entire life? It's horrible.

    We'll see you again soon!

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