Thursday, March 22, 2007

Blue Screen of Death and Help Me, Aruni!

#1. This is coming to you from Goldisox's laptop. The fact that my I-Kill-Electronics-Simply-By-Breathing hands are touching his keyboard is testament to the gravity of what happened.

What happened, you ask. I'll tell you.

My laptop died!!!!!!!!!

Here are words a writer in the end run on a book never wants to see on her computer screen:

Hard Drive Failure Iminent! Save your work now!

You also don't want to see Kernel Data Inpage Error followed by the sound of a garbage truck trapped inside your laptop.

Yes, I lost everything. Yes, I had backup . . . for most stuff. My snailmail address book is gone. My print history. Some emails from the last two days or so. Yes, I ordered a new laptop. Yes, I feel like I've lost my last best hold on sanity.

2. Just before it happened, Aruni contacted me with her information. Unfortunately the Blue Screen of Death devoured it. So, Aruni, if you see this please please resend your note.

Is Mercury still retrograde? It's gotta be. Stuff like this shouldn't be happening . . .


Blogger Wendy said...

Oh nooooo! I'm so sorry!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Oh man, Barbara, that really stinks! I'm SO glad you had backup on most of it. Isn't it amazing how things like that always happen right when you're approaching a deadline of any kind? The copier breaks when you have to send in your tax forms; the computer breaks when you have to send in your book; the washing machine breaks when you're about to go on vacation. Never fails.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Knitterary said...

How awful! Thank goodness you have backups. I hope that what you lost is minimal and easily replaced.

I had a hard drive wiped out by an email virus back in the early days of email. It can be a little unsettling, but you can recover!

Theresa S.

11:22 AM  
Blogger the BookWyrm said...

Oh, no! Backups are wonderful, but I find that I have long periods of forgetting to make back-ups... *note to self: make a back-up of your files when you get home*


7:44 PM  
Blogger KaliAmanda said...

OHMYGAWDNOOOOO! Has my Annual Spring Crisis (tm) extended to my loved ones?! It is a cold, cruel universe... Hope your new baby comes soon.

10:26 PM  
Blogger aruni said...

so sorry to hear about your computer troubles--i do appreciate your persistence and will send you my address again. :)

here's hoping that blue screen is wiped for good!

5:04 PM  

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