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Apr. 5th, 2004 | 10:40 am
mood: soresore
music: Simon and Garfunkel - Slip Slidin' Away

If you're reading this, you are someone who uses a computer for something. If that computer fails, what will you do? Have you copied your important files to a CD or another computer?

Are you ready for the day when the stone is rolled away from the tomb and you find that your data is gone?

Has your data been saved?

...

So one of my clients called today. He faithfully makes a backup of his data to a Zip disk daily, with weekly rotation, each day before he goes home. When he upgraded the business management software he uses, the software's default was reset to save backups to the hard drive. Instead of that zip disk. Last February.

Today he formatted his hard drives, upgraded his computer's operating system, and reinstalled everything, only to discover that his business data is a year out-of-date. This past year, all gone. No business for you. Sorry! Thanks for playing.

Luckily for him I'm in the habit of making backups of any data I touch, mostly just in case I accidentally break something. Unluckily, I hadn't been out there since last September. So, he's out only half a year out of date.

Making backups only helps if you can restore from them. So you have to test that somehow. Unzip the files. Restore to a test machine or a test environment.

Today's main lesson: You must verify your backups.

Secondary lesson: Pay me to take care of your computers.

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Chef Monkey

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from: chefmonkey
date: Apr. 5th, 2004 09:31 am (UTC)
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Tertiary lesson: Many software designers are idiots who won't think twice about hardcoding a default of backing up a hard drive to the same hard drive.

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Chef Monkey

Brutal Management

from: chefmonkey
date: Apr. 5th, 2004 09:31 am (UTC)
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A friend of mine in the industry -- who has been in high enough places for long enough to have made a pattern out of it -- has a certain ritual about this.

Whenever he is in a position to be nominally "in charge" of anyone having anything to do with backups, he'll generally confirm that the backup system is working as expected, wait a few weeks, and then completely wipe whatever system is being backed up.

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The Mad, The Bad, And The Dangerous To Know...

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from: slobberpuppy
date: Apr. 5th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
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I'm having computer woes.

I'd like to hire you to help me out.

Will you take a nice home-made dinner for payment?

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Apr. 19th, 2004 08:54 am (UTC)
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of course! barter is way more fun than money.

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JP Sugarbroad

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from: taral
date: Apr. 5th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
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Tertiary lesson: Most people who write software shouldn't.

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Mickey Moore

FLOYD!

from: chiaroscuro25
date: Apr. 5th, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Suddenly, the robot comes to life and its head starts swivelling about. It notices you and bounds over. "Hi! I'm B-19-7, but to everyperson I'm called Floyd. Are you a doctor-person or a planner-person? That's a nice shuttle access card you are having there. Let's play Hider-and-Seeker you with me."

>turn floyd off
Floyd, shocked by this betrayal from his new-found friend, whimpers and keels over.

>turn floyd on
Floyd jumps to his feet, hopping mad. "Why you turn Floyd off?" he asks accusingly.

>kick floyd
"Why you do that?" Floyd whines. "I think a wire now shaken loose." He goes off into a corner and sulks.

>rub floyd
Floyd gives a contented sigh.

>kiss floyd
You receive a painful electric shock.

>hit floyd
Floyd starts dashing around the room. "Oh boy oh boy oh boy! I haven't played Chase and Tag for years! You be It! Nah, nah!"

Floyd yawns and looks bored.
Floyd bounces into the room. "Hey, wait for Floyd!" he yells, smiling broadly.
Floyd reminisces about his friend Lazarus, a medical robot.
Floyd whistles tunelessly.
Floyd recalls the time he bruised his knee.
Floyd frets about the possibility of his batteries failing.
Floyd chants the death scene from "Carmen".
Floyd paces impatiently.
Floyd absent-mindedly recites the first six hundred digits of Pi.
Floyd produces a crayon from one of his compartments and scrawls his name on the wall.
Floyd notices a mouse scurrying by and tries to hide behind you.
Floyd examines himself for signs of rust.
Floyd bounds into the room. "Floyd here now!" he cries.
Floyd rushes into the room and barrels into you. "Oops, sorry," he says. "Floyd not looking at where he was going to."
Floyd wanders restlessly around the room.
Floyd rubs his head affectionately against your shoulder.

Floyd staggers to the ground, dropping the mini card. He is badly torn apart, with loose wires and broken circuits everywhere. Oil flows from his lubrication system. He obviously has only moments to live. You drop to your knees and cradle Floyd's head in your lap. Floyd looks up at his friend with half-open eyes. "Floyd did it ... got card. Floyd a good friend, huh?" Quietly, you sing Floyd's favorite song, the Ballad of the Starcrossed Miner: [...] As you finish the last verse, Floyd smiles with contentment, and then his eyes close as his head rolls to one side. You sit in silence for a moment, in memory of a brave friend who gave his life so that you might live.

A team of robot technicians step into the anteroom. They part their ranks, and a familiar figure comes bounding toward you! "Hi!" shouts Floyd, with uncontrolled enthusiasm. "Floyd feeling better now!" Smiling from ear to ear, he says, "Look what Floyd found!" He hands you a helicopter key, a reactor elevator card, and a paddle-ball set. "Maybe we can use them in the sequel..."

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Triple Entendre

Re: FLOYD!

from: triple_entendre
date: Apr. 5th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Huzzah!

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Kai

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from: kai_
date: Apr. 7th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
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I'll pay you to take care of me.

Ooops, wait, you said my computers didn't you?

Well, okay then.

But only if I can pay you in lots of Hot SexTM.

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Apr. 8th, 2004 04:45 am (UTC)
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Wow, now I've been offered everything except Rock 'n' Roll in exchange for my 133t computer skillz.

There are several connotations of "take care of", most of which I'm not available for just at the moment.

However, I am fascinated that you have the trademark on Hot Sex™. Can I be Officially Licensed?

Hmmm....TM

(I had to look up how to show and use trademarks before I could reply!)

Microsoft Trademarks the Trademark SymbolTMTM

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Kai

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from: kai_
date: Apr. 8th, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC)
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In order to be officially trademarked for Hot Sex TM, you must apply in the following manner:

1) Contact me with the Application for Personal Interview (may be submitted by email)
2) Once the Application has been accepted, the Personal Interview will be conducted
3) The Personal Interview will take place over no less than two, but no more than five days.
4) Successful completion of the Personal Interview is a requirement to obtain the official Hot SexTM designation
5) The official Rules and Regulations of the Personal Interview are only disclosed after the Application for Personal Interview has been Reviewed* and Accepted1.

* - Reviews will be conducted on a periodic basis, and a Notification of Review will be sent to the Applicant prior to the Review Period. Applications may be Withdrawn at any time prior to the Review Period. Once Reviewed, Applications remain valid until Accepted or Withdrawn.

1 - Acceptance is required in writing or via e-mail prior to the scheduling of Personal Interviews. A Personal Interview cannot be accepted prior to a Review. Failure to follow the strict procedure on Review and Acceptance policies may require multiple Personal Interviews. Multiple Personal Interviews become the sole responsibility of the Applicant.

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Triple Entendre

Gasp

from: triple_entendre
date: Apr. 19th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
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How did you know of my weakness for paperwork? ;-)

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Kai

Re: Gasp

from: kai_
date: Apr. 19th, 2004 09:18 am (UTC)
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I didn't. It's just the RulezTM.

;)

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Kai

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from: kai_
date: Apr. 8th, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC)
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how about this connotation ----

Hubba hubba baby! Why don't you come over here and take care of me for a weekend?






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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Apr. 19th, 2004 09:08 am (UTC)
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*blush* Thank you for the compliment.

I must warn you, I'm something of a tease. But I'm generous with the backrubs.

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Kai

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from: kai_
date: Apr. 19th, 2004 09:19 am (UTC)
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Eh, I've been accused of being a bit of a tease also.

I'm not really. Not by my definition.
A tease is someone who refuses to put-out.

:)

But I sure like flirting.

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