I finnally managed to bring my computer back to life, it was a hard drive faillure and none of the data could be recovered, (well, hardly anything worthwhile anyway).
I am normally really careful when it comes to backing up my data so I did not really loose anything important, but I still lost a lot of time re-installing everything, looking for passwords I forgot I even had and so on.
Outlook alone took forever, I use popfile as a spam filter, but it takes a while to ‘teach’ it what is spam and what is not. I also have to check every emails to make sure that it did not report something as that is not spam, (and it did a couple of time), I get in the region of 3500 emails a day, (almost all spam), but I cannot really afford to miss one email.
Then there is firefox and all the passwords that it saved over the years and so on.
I also descided to update my computer so now I have a x64 machine with 4Gb of memory, truth be told, I have not really noticed anything ‘outstanding’ with it yet, maybe my old computer was not so bad after all.
Maybe one day I’ll write myself a little app to backup all those settings so in case of a crash not as much data is lost.
Last night I cam home to find that my good old windows Vista machine would no longer boot properly. It works for a few minutes and then crashes, (with the famous blue screen/memory dump).
So now I am wasting a lot of time trying to recover my system before I can do any ‘real’ work, as luck would have it I was planning on getting some of the more difficult bugs done.
I am actually quite happy that I copy all my code in 3 different locations, imagine if I had lost all my code, that would not have been fun.
But anyway, I guess it happens from time to time, I just have to re-install everything and I should be ready to go.
This whole week I have been busy with my ‘real’ job, and I have not been able to do as much work as I was hoping.
Even this Easter weekend, (a bank holiday on Friday an Monday for us), I was not really able to do much. The wife and I went to visit some friends about a 100 miles from our home, (a good 4 hours round trip at least).
And to make matters worse I also had to do some DIY work around the house, (the shower will never be the same!, I should really stick to programming).
But here I am now, trying to get back to work and finish the map work I have been putting off for far too long.