Friday, December 21, 2007

Time flies...

It's amazing how fast time goes by as you get older. I remember being a kid and thinking Christmas will never get here. I'm reminded that this feeling is still in existence today as my son is expressing the same sentiment. As you get older, you wonder, how the heck did it get to be Christmas already?

Well, it's almost here and I've been lax in posting updates to the shop. On Labor Day last month, my laptop sustained some physical damage and in my feeble attempts to get it started again, initiated it's reformatting - or something like that. What I should have done was immediately recognize I had no idea what I was doing and let an expert fix it. It would have been easy - a new keyboard and a new memory chip. Instead, there was a painful data recovery step. Luckily, the place I brought it to (Marin Computers in San Rafael) was top notch and went through hoops to salvage my data.

As luck would have it, I backed up my QuickBooks accounting file for the shop the evening prior to the collapse of my laptop otherwise, I would have been in a world of hurt. As it stands, though, I had almost 6 weeks of catching up to do. I still have about an hour or two worth of accounting to catch up, though.

This experience also reminded me that we now really live "away from it all." During my laptop's stay at Marin Computer, I was asked to bring in my power cord because it seems my laptop has a rare connection, any back up/recovery discs I may have made (I did make a recovery disc when the computer was new which was also fortuitous), and other software files.

If this had happened where we previously live, I would have simply hopped in the car and driven the requested items to the shop. However, now, this means at least a 45 minute drive each way. Instead of driving the requested items, I mailed them. It made the whole process take longer, but with time flying at my age, it seems like it was just yesterday.

During this time, I spent very little time facing a computer and I really liked that. But now it's back I'll catch up on posting some fun stuff that's come through the shop. And I think I'll get one of them external hard drives to have a better back up system.

(What's playing: The Blasters Testament)