What happens when your computer begins to act irrationally then refuses to do simple things and eventually winds up in the backseat of the van on the way to the nearest repair shop? Well, in my case it looks like I may have a new hard drive after a conference on Monday and I’m not expecting the contents of the old hard drive to ever be seen in these parts again.
Too bad. I have through the years run many backup packages to regularly secure my data but in the last few years I realized that only a few of my files and folders are not recreatable via the internet so I have been manually saving my stuff to a large drive on my local network. Last night I brought my old laptop up to date (as far as the old processor would allow) and spent a while reviewing my status. It seems that I have several types of data that are not represented in my backup scheme and I might be hurting for my lack of attention. One big, big one is my eBook collection that has been gathered over the internet for years. The titles loaded onto my iPad are, of course, saved, but all the books I loaded into Calibre or just had sitting in folders waiting for future organization are now memories.
But two points are important to consider: first, the contents of my hard drive might be recoverable, and second, if all is lost it becomes a great opportunity to have yet another radical change in my life. Do I need all that music from the 1950s? Would I ever have read all those pulp novels or adventure fiction series? How many of those secondary applications did I ever actually use?
Yes, a major systems disaster can actually improve your life. Now I’ll have time to write that novel and maybe even run for senator in South Carolina … it’s about time South Carolina was represented in Washington by an ACLU card carrying anarchist with a deep disregard for ancient religious myths.