14 September 2002
There's nothing like a loud hard drive crash first thing in the morning to brighten one's day. It is even more effective when the very next day one's backup drive also crashes. This is now my fourth major loss of data in recent history. The first was caused by lightning, the second was due to Microsoft's 'standards' and the third was caused by a relative. It brings home just how fragile and transient digital data is.
Over the next few weeks I'll be sorting through and cleaning all my remaining files, burning them onto a CD (safe from lighting) using open-source formats (safe from Microsoft) and burying it somewhere in the Scottish hills (safe from relatives). Overreacting? Maybe. But I'm sick of losing data.
Update: Found this cartoon which seemed apropriate.