Saturday, May 29, 2010

The importance of backing up your work...

What a freaking day.

Super-Spawn was up at six this morning and I thought, "Hey, I could get some writing done." Tralalala, right? Yeah, until I went to turn my computer on.

And it didn't turn on.


I called tech support and they told me to take it to Geek Squad. My computer is only a few months really shouldn't have died. Plus it was working fine last night. So I took it to the store, oh but they don't open until ten.

Fine. We'll go to the book store.

Aaaaaand, they're having power problems and are closed.


We waste time in Target and return to the computer place, finally. Oh, but they can't fix my computer without my receipt. No, they couldn't look my receipt up either because I paid cash for the computer.

It gets better.

Super-Spawn was acting like he was the spawn of Arch Nemesis as he screamed and attempted to squirm his way out of the stroller. So we high tailed it to the car -- I called the tech people back and have to ship my computer to them to be fixed. At my expense. Even though it is still under Warranty.

Yeah, not happy at all.

We went about our day, lunch and a movie with friends. When the movie was out I thought, "Oh, let's go to the book store across town. I need another book to read and Super-Spawn want's a Three Musketeers book. Cool. This day will get better."

Sigh. If only.

On the way to the book store my tire blew out.

Luckily friends were following us and helped change the tire and get air in the spare.

Oh, and did I mention I'm losing ALL my files off my computer when they repair it? Yeah, ALL. Luckily my novels and most pictures are backed up. I will lose the work I did on editing last night, but that's just a few hours and at least not months worth of sweat and tears.

Still. I cried my little eyes out. What a freaking day! The lesson?

ALWAYS BACK YOUR FILES UP!!!! And have great friends willing to help change a tire in the humid Florida heat.

Forgive me if I grumble about being computer-less for a while. It's gonna suck.


Anonymous said...

*hugs* I'm sorry about all the terrible things that happened, especially with your computer. After reading this, I am backing up my files immediately -- computer failure is a scary, scary thing.

Julie Musil said...

Oh my goodness! That was quite a day. Sorry to hear about the day from you-know-where.

My solution? I've paid the $50 for Everything is backed up on line. I feel free.

Abby Stevens said...

Dropbox is a great program that automatically syncs anything you put in a special folder to other computers of your choosing and backs it up online. It's awesome and free.

Holly Dodson said...

Thanks, ladies.

Sandy- definitely back your stuff up. You just never know when something will go wrong.

Julie- I'll look into that! Thanks.

Abby- My Dropbox is full of pictures lol Maybe I should pay for the upgrade so I can put everything else in there too.

Sarah Enni said...

Oh my gosh this sounds awful!! Thank goodness you were one of the lucky ones that won't lose your work :)

Hope the rest of the weekend is going much, much better!