Published: February 7th 2009February 7th 2009
I know, I know…. I really should be making regular back-ups but I just kept thinking I’ll do it after this session or after a few more paragraphs and never quite got around to it. What am I talking about? Well just last Thursday, feeling incredibly smug and self-satisfied with my efforts, I was in the process of uploading the biggest chunk of blog entries I have placed online yet. With my rapidly expanding word document open (containing my blog), I was preparing to bomb you all with my musings and bring you completely up to date with my misadventures. I mentally ticked off items on my checklist… spell check - done… paragraph inspection - complete… double check my where’s and were’s (I seem to always get them round the wrong way) - yep, sweet… final read - whoa baby there is a whole heap of ramblings there but yep it reads bloody well… ok and now save… I hit the save button when a warning popped up “you are about to lose power in 5… 4… 3… shit where is my mains power lead… 2… here it is… 1… I popped it into place just in time and……………………………. Power blackout!! Farrrrrrk!!! My trusty laptop let out a strange hard drive whiiiiirrrrrrrrrr and the screen audibly popped as it went blank. Hmmmmm that didn’t sound normal and sure as shit didn’t look good. I swore in a combination of English and Bahasa Indonesia, yelled “AYO ELEKTRIK (come on electricity)”, sparked up a durry to wait out the blackout and sat smoking and worrying for the five minutes it took to regain mains power.
Booting my computer back up, I knew in my heart something had gone wrong during the process of saving the blog file. I don’t know how I knew I just felt it in my bones. By now Ani was sitting beside me anxiously waiting for the screen to cough and splutter to life again, she could not understand why I was going off so much but could tell something was wrong. “Elektrik Bodoh (stupid electricity)” I tried to explain “Saya tahu ini tidak bagus (I know this is no good)”. Ani gave me one of those ‘what the hell are you on about’ looks so I continued. “Komputer sakit (computer sick hahaha)” it was close to impossible to explain. Anyway I soon discovered the file was stuffed. Something had happened during the unusual shutdown and it was totally corrupted. I lost my whole blog document to the mysterious internals of my macbook. My last back-up was at the end of December so after restoring the file I am now faced with the reality I have to rewrite everything from about New Years on. I cried. Devastated seems like such an inadequate way to describe how I felt and to some extent still feel but it’s the only word I got at the moment.
Anyway this is just a short, pathetic excuse of an explanation for my blogging absence. Stick with me peeps I am madly re-writing as you read this and will have a plethora of embarrassing, unusual and funny (hopefully) entries up for you just as soon as I can.