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November 15, 2007

Technology ruins my day

so 4 days ago now, the hard drive on my beloved laptop computer kicked the bucked. it went out not with a whimper but with a grinding, crackling noise, a sound dreaded by any computer user, and especially by anyone foolish enough not to back up their data on a regular basis. embarrassingly enough, I had not backed up my document file, well, never really, meaning that I potentially lost 2 years worth of writing, short stories, research for that book i was working on, journal entries, ect. On top of that, i lost half a years worth of photos, and 2 short films i shot recently that were nearing completion. Oh, the horror.
Now there is one chance for my data on that wretched drive: Tekserve, a local Apple computer specialist, offers a data recovery service. for 650 bucks, they will pull the hard drive apart, remount the disks and plates, and see how much of your data they can recover. Boasting a 75% success rate, it's a fairly appealing option, exceot for the painful 650 dollar price range. 650 bucks is rent for a month, a round trip plane ticket to south america, a new bicycle, a new digital video camera, or just a whole lot of food. And since my internship has not arrived at the point where we can pitch out project and secure funding to pay me, I'm still out here jobless.
In the end, i'll probably pony up the money and see if they can dredge anything up. If not, then at least i'll have tried. I spoke to Andrew on the phone yesterday, and he spoke about the aftermath of his great server crash of 2000. He said that while he felt fairly zen about all of that information disappearing, that for months after he would continually realize things that he had lost. That is already beginning to happen to me, and it's a funny feeling, leaving me to feel the tiniest bit empty inside. Nah, not really, it's just stuff, but let this be a lesson to whoever reads this, Backup your computer now, while you still have the chance.

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November 03, 2007

Fall in New York

Things are going well here. Been riding my bike a lot, working a bit at my internship and hoping that it will turn into a paying gig soon, and my father recently came to visit.

here are some photos





On Halloween, Aaron, Kristy, Peter and I filmed two short movies. look for them soon on here!

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