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Thankful Thursday

I’m thankful for GALLEYS!

They arrived yesterday evening, and there was a perfect little detail on the page after the title page that I didn’t know the designer was going to add … and it just happens to be a tiny piece of art in the shape of an item I contributed to the Debs’ Giveaway packages. Wavelength!

This has been a challenging week.

I don’t care how many Geniuses tell me it was a coincidence that my hard drive decided to crash at the exact same time I started migrating data (from old laptop to new) … I have to think there’s a connection. Otherwise the universe is just too uncertain. :-0

Did you know that if they (Apple) replace your hard drive, they don’t want to give you the old one? Apparently they can get a couple of bucks “on the back end,” if they rehab the drive.

I didn’t have to get loud with them … I was politely vehement that that drive, with all its lost-but-possibly-recoverable data belonged to me. Wisely, the manager decided to let me have it.

The tech on duty, who seemed reluctant to part with that piece of metal – which means nothing to him and quite a lot to me – asserted that data recovery costs “a couple thousand dollars.”

Not so.

Not at MacForce here in Portland, anyway. Their attempt to recover data is $80. If they’re successful, it can run as high as $300.

But it’s not ‘thousands,’ and I’m not sure why someone would try to talk me out of even trying to recover MY FILES. What … do the techs get $5 for every drive they send to rehab?


I email my manuscripts to myself, so those are safe, but I have lots of notes and research that’s just – poof! – gone.

I fail FAIL FAIL because the last time I backed up my hard drive was … June!

Do you know the reason for that prolonged failure?

I couldn’t remember where I hid the external drive.



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Mar. 5th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
I am stoked to hear that you got your galleys. And wishing I could remember shapes this morning - my brain is not yet fully operational. I hope you get your data back, lovey.
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Ooo, that's right - you got the Debs' package!

My contribution was one of the tiniest.

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Mar. 5th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Melodye.
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
Yay for the galley!!

and YaY you for getting your hard drive back! :)
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Laura.

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Mar. 6th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Anne.
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yay for Galleys! I would say that I'm dying to have one, but I'm going to buy the book, of course.

MacForce power ACTIVATE! I wish them great success. Good for you for demanding that the Apple folks return the hard drive. Stupid geniuses and their lies!
Mar. 6th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
I would say that I'm dying to have one, but I'm going to buy the book, of course.

Aw, thanks, Sonia.
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
I hope the MacForce guys can work a miracle. The price seems reasonable, anyway.
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yay on the galleys!

Computers can be such a pain. I hope you recover your data!!
Mar. 6th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lisa.
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yay for galleys! Bah for mercenary computer techs!
Mar. 5th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
Omg galleys! I can't wait to see what your pages look like!
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Mar. 6th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
It was a nice surprise after a fairly horrifying few days.
Mar. 5th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Your desperate posts are the reason a brand new external hard-drive arrived at our house today! I have no back-up of all our photos...
Mar. 6th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear that, Maria! That's what I hoped these posts would do ... spur people to back up!
Mar. 5th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hooray on the galleys!

BOO on the computer woe.
Mar. 5th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the galleys!

I've been thinking about you and your computer troubles, hoping a miracle occurred and you got everything back. It sounds as if that's still possible so I'm holding onto those good thoughts.

Go gaze at your "official" printed words some more, Lisa. That's the cure.
Mar. 6th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
It is certainly good medicine. :-)
Mar. 5th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Computers are the most frustrating things sometimes. I hope they're successful with the recovery!!

And YAY for the galleys :D
Mar. 6th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Robin.
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