Monday, September 15, 2008

Am I Turning Into a Cyborg?

Yesterday my laptop started having weird problems. First I started seeing that spinning rainbow wheel that Mac users sometimes experience when the computer is busy -- except that it was starting at strange times and lasting for agonizing lengths of time. And then finally, the rainbow wheel became a "spinning rainbow wheel of death." My computer was truly frozen. I couldn't close programs, and I had to manually turn the computer off with programs running (ouch!). When I tried to boot it back up again, my happy Mac smiley face was replaced with an ominous question mark, and that was that. No computer. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

Ironically, one of the top priorities on my list this week was calling my computer doctor to set up my backup system. I have been trying to regularly back up my data, but I don't have an automatic system, and I'm not convinced I'm saving all the really important stuff.

Needless to say I got on the phone as soon as possible to computer doctor, only to find he's away right now. But being a responsible computer doctor, he's left some other people in charge and I quickly got a call back from Ernie. Ernie came over and plugged in his implements to start diagnosing the problem. But, yikes! None of his software could locate my hard drive. The conclusion? I may have a defective hard drive (I just had this hard drive installed in June).

So, it's off to the computer hospital for my computer. And now I'm waiting for the news. Is it fatal? Will I be able to recover my data? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, I'm a basket case. I've been on the verge of tears all day and I can't stop thinking about my beloved computer. And I've discovered that I am completely useless without my computer. My entire life is on that thing!! I can't even call any of my friends because all their phone numbers are stored in my contact management program. I feel pathetic!

And it's making me wonder: is my relationship with my computer unhealthy? Should I be a little less dependent? Am I turning into a cyborg?

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Blogger Michael said...

I don't think you're a Cyborg. But you may want to consider (once you have your system back) an external disk that you can copy your "data" to on a regular basis. I'm a PC user but I'm sure the MAC would support this. It's not very sophisticated but it can give you a backup that you can easily access. This should be in addition to regular system backups which you already seem to be addressing.

Also you may want to consider the things you must have access to and look into some way of ensuring that you have a version available through another method, even if it is out of date, just to tide you over when this kind of thing happens.

September 17, 2008 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Eve Goldberg said...

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the advice. I am partway through the process of setting up a good backup system - got the external harddrive and a couple of times I've copied over lots of my data files, but that was just a stopgap until I got a really good backup program installed that will do incremental backups.

I also had recently signed up for a very cool web-based backup system called "Sugar Sync" but I hadn't completely set it up. You can bet I'm going to be getting all of that set up pretty quickly once I get my computer back.

September 18, 2008 at 1:26 AM  

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