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S*** talk about close!

November 13th, 2008 (03:58 am)

current mood: irate

I'll say this much: Damn you f***ing Windows!

Thanks to your incredibly *stupid* tendency to reboot automatically after installing updates, I *almost* lost last night's changes to my NaNo. *Fortunately*, OO was able to recover my docs which apparently I hadn't saved before walking away from the computer for a bit. (I went down and watched Hakushaku to Yousei 6 on Mokkun.)

If that doc couldn't be recovered I'd've had to re-piece yesterday's work back together from three separate pieces (thankfully the rough stuff was all saved) and work on reconstructing all the intervening prose, dialogue and fiddly bits. >.> Fortunately, I've been saved that (and can concentrate on forging ahead again instead).

Gah! Not something I like seeing when coming back to the 'puter after a break. >.>

And I'll take this wonderful chance to remind folks to back-up, back-up, and back-up your files! >.<;;


Posted by: A faint shadow in the void (soruk)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)

Don't forget also the importance of off-machine backups, depending on your kit such as a fileserver, USB memory stick, a CD-R (CD-RWs can be unreliable), Zip disc, even emailing it to yourself on a Gmail account. That way you minimise your losses even if your hard disc were to fail.

And save regularly.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)

Very true on all counts. ^^; (......Come to think of it, I don't have a hard disk copy. ^^ )

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)

Ack! *hugs OO* Goodness, I didn't know you were writing a horror! (Okay, I did. Hush.)

*leaves tea and pastries*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)

*laughs* A 'horror' in many more ways than one. ^^;; But this one's more a paranormal drama than actual 'horror' in terms of genre. In terms of writing and grammar...... :P

I think I just about made myself go insta-white last night.

Whoa! *Pastries* this time! Yum! And tea to calm the jangled nerves. ^o^

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Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)

Mokkun's Vista, the one I'm typing NaNo on though is XP.

Yikes! I've never done that before, but it sounds exceedingly painful. >.<;;

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Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)

^^;; I'm not sure, but from what I understand, XP reset to auto-updates after a Security Update on FSU's laptop. She usually doesn't use auto-update and manually does things, so it was doubly surprising. >.>

Vista is weird. I don't know why, but it insists of rebooting after some security updates even though I tell the computer to shut-down. I sometimes find my system's been on all night having rebooted rather than turning off as expected (like last night--again). (I also have drifting widgets. For some reason, they keep migrated leftward across my screen a few pixels per boot until I get annoyed and move them back to their corner.)

Black hole is a very apt description for that horror. O_O;; Dying system? Yikes! Printing out is something I really like doing, but rarely do. I think it's the combo dead trees and the fact that my laptop isn't normally connected to one, but it's definitely preferred for editing and re-reads. ^^;

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