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(I promise this is the last entry about computers.)

Top Ten Things Learned During the Past Ten Days:

1) You never want to hear the word “pulverized” in relation to your hard drive.

2) While I appreciate the Mac people giving me a new hard drive (because I had the extended warranty), I would prefer that they build less-easily pulverized Macs. (Mine was 2.75 years old.)

3) Get the extended warranty.

4) Don’t feel complacent because you have a Mac. I did.

Apple used to be special. They used to make amazing, durable, technological marvels. Now they seem to have subscribed to the old business model of planned obsolescence. A friend of mine recently suffered a hard drive crash of her newish Mac, too. She’s stunned. She said her old Mac worked great for ten years.

5) As explained to me by the MacForce tech, here’s what probably happened to my drive, and why this might matter to you: the process of migrating data tries to access the whole hard drive at once. If my hard drive was on the verge of failing (although it pains me to think a not-quite-three-year-old drive was ready to die), the data migration pushed it over the edge. So: always back up your hard drive before you download updates for your computer! Because that process also tries to access your whole hard drive at once.

6) I will still buy Macs. They are less vulnerable to viruses. But I don’t trust them, anymore. Hence, obsessive emailing files to myself and total backups weekly.

7) It’s not a person. It’s just a machine. Things could be worse.

8) I don’t really have ten things.

9) Agent Nathan Bransford posted an excellent Top Ten list last week: Ten Commandments for a Happy Writer. I love the whole list, but I especially love the stop-whining tone of #9:

“Be thankful for what you have. If you have the time to write you're doing pretty well. There are millions of starving people around the world, and they're not writing because they're starving. If you're writing: you're doing just fine. Appreciate it.”

10) I can write more.


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Mar. 10th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
I am too poor to buy a back up system right now so I'm trying to find other ways. Mostly putting files on my server. Ugh! My Mac cannot die!

Great link. Thanks!
Mar. 10th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
The fancy Mac Time Capsules are $300, sure. That's a lot. But you can find cheaper options for saving your data. And it's a write-off.

This is the one I have:


And you can get even smaller flash drives for a lot less.

Just sayin'.
Mar. 10th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
I take it MacForce could not get anything off it?
Mar. 10th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)

Pulverized was the word he used.
Mar. 10th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
I was hoping that it was the first guy who said pulverized.
Mar. 10th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
OH NO! I'm so sorry this happened to you. It happened to me last year. Heartbreaking. The worst was losing several years worth of pictures, that we had NOT backed up. But we replaced our Mac with a new one too (and an external hard drive). Despite our horror at the last one's quick demise, it's still far superior to any PC we've had.

Eek. Good luck with your new computer.

-- Steph

Mar. 10th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're at the tail end of the computer trials. And that was my favorite commandment too ;)
Mar. 12th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
Oh my god, the extreme suck of this! And what's up with Mac letting up on quality? They figure they've *got us* now? I guess they do. I don't think Jim has ordered me an external hard drive yet; I'll bug him again. I see Stephanie mentions photos above. That's something that I really need to back up: several years worth of photos. And . . . everything else.

Any word back from MacForce yet?

-- Laini
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
"Pulverized"?! Eeesh. That's terrible.

This planned obsolesence thing makes me mad. It's why I'll never buy another HP printer; I had 2 printers go kaput in less than 2 years, and all HP said was that "that's how long printers last." Not in MY world. I bought a Brother printer that's been going strong for 4 years now and not a hint of problems.

I hope your new computer lasts a LOT longer than your old one!
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