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Michaelaw
06-26-2010, 01:20 PM
Since my motherboard died roughly a month ago I've had a string of failures and bad news hanging over me like you couldn't believe. It's almost as if my entire life changed for the worst that day. The latest madness happened yesterday when a 1tb drive failed taking with it 90% of my images among other valued files. A trip to my website was met with a 404 error message and when I called my hosting service the told me my public html folder was gone...All my images, blogs and web pages might as well never have existed. Three days ago I went to use my 3 chip pro video camera only to find it was dead, won't turn on for love nor money. I could continue with the list of crazy stuff that's happened since the day of the MB failure including bad noise from a visiting ex and some kind of weird cyber stalker drawn to me somehow by a connection with people from the past. It's like some universal overlord glanced down at me and said "That boy's getting a little complacent, I'm gonna have to shake his world a tad!" This morning almost sealed the deal when I was passing through an intersection on my way to work and some mini van ran a red light at speed passing no more than three feet from my front bumper. Had I been two seconds closer to work, I'd be dead or laid up pretty bad in a hospital. I'll sure be glad when the universe clicks back into normal:headslap: :laughing:

Matt K.
06-26-2010, 02:21 PM
Newsflash: Universe IS normal ... I'd blame your string of bad luck on Harper, but I suppose this would be wishful thinking.:evil2:

Sometimes we have a stretch of incidents like this, and it seems it goes from bad to worse. At times like that I watch the news and find out that other people are going through quite a bit more hardship than I am, and that puts things into prespective for me. At least there is no oil slick approaching your premises, there is not road side bomb nearby, and I suppose you don't starve, either. :thumbup:

Good news is that you could get your stuff back, though it might be a tad expensive. Think of it as a blessing: it shows you how fragile even the electronic world is, and we rely on it so much in these days. I suppose that is why we do not care for Mother Earth anymore, cause she does not seem important enough, though she is the most fragile. :sad:

ericmark
06-26-2010, 02:43 PM
Your tail of woe is a night mare we all have. I look at my hard drive and some of the images are silly sizes where HRD and panorama have been used and I think do I really want to back up such large files onto DVD? With 4.7g per disk a tera-bite will take a whole spool of discs and even then so many times when one tries to read them they have gone wrong anyway.
So either you back-up just original RAW or final Jpeg and I have never really worked out which.
OK two hard drives. However likely it was fault in mother board which messed up hard drive so two may have not helped if used together.

However it is a wake up call for us all and we all must consider what should be backed up and where and how.

It happens to us all. Because I didn't trust my compact I took a load of pictures with my PDA while on holiday. They disappeared never did find where they went. And I look at the bashed up photos we have on card and paper from years gone by and wonder if we have gone backwards? Cracked and flaking but you can still see it was Uncle X or Aunt Y 70 years latter. I wonder how many of our pictures will still be around in 70 years time?

Michaelaw
06-26-2010, 02:47 PM
Compared to the disaster in the Gulf Of Mexico, my ordeals seem trivial and that saga is going to get a whole lot worse. In comparison, my troubles equate to "Who the hell ate my red smarties!" :laughing:

JAS_Photo
06-26-2010, 03:58 PM
Sorry about your tale of woe, Michael. Sometimes bad stuff seems to trail along like the mouse's tail in Alice in Wonderland.

Lewis Carroll's "The Mouse's Tale" (http://bootless.net/mouse.html)

Hope you get your photos back.

jumpinjimmyjava
06-26-2010, 04:07 PM
Michael I am so sorry to hear of all your troubles. My son also lost ALL his images ! I think your luck is about to change (for the better :thumbup:) You are alive, you didn't get killed in that car mishap. What more can I say - jimmy

Michaelaw
06-26-2010, 04:22 PM
Stuff happens and generally I take it all in stride, it just strikes me as odd is all. Looking back to the morning I awoke to a dead computer, I remember a sort of intuitive feeling that the world I was used to had changed somehow. But in reality, even with all the weirdness of late, my life is still probably better than five billion other people on the planet. As for storage of data, I'm going to have to think long and hard on a secure method for that as this is the second time I've lost all my images. Maybe I should just get an Etch-a-Sketch :laughing::laughing:

jumpinjimmyjava
06-26-2010, 04:28 PM
Michael I use Carbonite ( up in the cloud) to backup off site. Its about $55 a year. It's better than nothing. I also hear Microsoft gives away free limited storage ( in the cloud) just Google it. :) - jimmy

jumpinjimmyjava
06-26-2010, 04:30 PM
SkyDrive Explorer adds 25gb of free cloud storage to Windows Explorer (http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/10/30/access-skydrive-from-windows-explorer-my-computer/)

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Mad Aussie
06-26-2010, 05:04 PM
Geez Michael ... can't get much worse surely!! So things should now be looking up.
Sorry to hear about your mum.

Your website hosting ... they have no backup?? We run a hosting server and do daily backups and a separate weekly backup.

Michaelaw
06-26-2010, 05:44 PM
Geez Michael ... can't get much worse surely!! So things should now be looking up.
Sorry to hear about your mum.

Your website hosting ... they have no backup?? We run a hosting server and do daily backups and a separate weekly backup.

I still can't shake the eerie feeling that some force that had been looking out for me all these years suddenly got bored and moved on, can't explain that one I just have a sense of something missing:shrug:

As for my web hosting service, I'm getting more and more annoyed with them and am almost certainly not going to renew my contract. Between them and my service provider that went down for almost a week after my box blew up it's been one hell after another with the online experience:wall-an: I thought it kind of strange that my public HTML folder should just VANISH! Personally I think Maxi is going online while I'm at work and wiping me out in retaliation for my putting the cone on her head:laughing:

Michaelaw
06-26-2010, 08:51 PM
Finally some good news...I located the missing public html file on the hosting end, it was somehow moved into the public ftp directory. All my images and web pages,blogs etc are safe and sound within it just needs to be moved back to its rightful spot. I can't find a way in filezilla to do this so I emailed hostpapa to see if they can do it for me. So all is not totally lost:D

Bambi
06-26-2010, 09:32 PM
glad to hear things are looking up. :)
Life can sometimes take turns like this. probably part of the balance of the universe.

Michaelaw
06-27-2010, 01:27 AM
glad to hear things are looking up. :)
Life can sometimes take turns like this. probably part of the balance of the universe.

Oh just great! I'm at the whim of universal balance:headslap: And here I thought I had a grip on it! :D This comment was made on a Mac! not my fault!

Greg_Nuspel
06-27-2010, 07:18 AM
OK I say you can put up with many of these things as life's way of showing you your alive, but the red smarties thing that's just beyond anyones natural coping abilities.

edG
06-27-2010, 07:37 AM
glad to hear your world is mending Michael, please accept my condolences on your mother's passing

Bambi
06-27-2010, 08:58 AM
Oh just great! I'm at the whim of universal balance:headslap: And here I thought I had a grip on it! :D This comment was made on a Mac! not my fault!

sorry MAW but I do believe that we are often at the whim of the universe. :fingerscr



OK I say you can put up with many of these things as life's way of showing you your alive, but the red smarties thing that's just beyond anyones natural coping abilities.

but this is just evil. what kind of person steals another's red smarties! :confused::confused:

russ
06-27-2010, 09:10 AM
Michael, sorry to hear about all of your bad luck. On a more serious note, maybe talk to your power company or an electrician. Your bad luck with your mo-bo, camera, hard drive etc. just might not be a co-incidence.

Barefoot
06-27-2010, 02:36 PM
Some days you're the windshield...some days you're the bug. If we're lucky, it's all equal in the end.

Michaelaw
06-27-2010, 02:42 PM
sorry MAW but I do believe that we are often at the whim of the universe. :fingerscr



Well... This is how the world works. All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy Him. Never cross the Great Magnet. I understood this now...

A favorite HST line:)

Images and some blogs are back up after my hosting service and I put the file system back in place following some unknown cyber hurricane that ripped through. Folders had been moved and permissions changed, someone/thing had a regular party in there :D

Mad Aussie
06-27-2010, 03:25 PM
Excellent you found your folder!!

Foots
06-27-2010, 07:59 PM
Michael,
Sorry for your troubles, and I am glad you recovered your photos. I took a look at them a while back and I must confess, I was in awe. Wonderful photos and worth protecting.

As to why your protection left you - have you considered a parallel universe?

Michaelaw
06-27-2010, 08:34 PM
Michael,


As to why your protection left you - have you considered a parallel universe?

Great idea Foots....How do I get to one?:D

And thanks for the kind words :thumbup:

Foots
06-27-2010, 09:26 PM
Actually, I was thinking the force who has protected you for so long jumped into a parallel universe. In which case, you need to entice him/her back. Think good thoughts, tell him/her how much you miss him/her.

And if all them him/hers don't mix you up, you'll be good in no time.

Actually, when you think about your "near miss" don't you think your force was with you then?

Michaelaw
06-27-2010, 11:16 PM
Actually, I was thinking the force who has protected you for so long jumped into a parallel universe. In which case, you need to entice him/her back. Think good thoughts, tell him/her how much you miss him/her.
And if all them him/hers don't mix you up, you'll be good in no time.

I knew what you were thinking Foots:) I was just playing. Tonight I'm going to use the SC method, glass of milk, big old plate of cookies and a shot, hell bottle of Tequila will be left out. The tequila is in case it's an old, tired force that just needs a little kick:D




, when you think about your "near miss" don't you think your force was with you then?


I guess you're right about that, good point. My force is probably just working to rule on account of some union dispute with universal management. I'm sure they'll sort it out soon and life will return to normal:D

If anything, I think it's just bad energy brought down by my ex when she visited recently. She was determined to take back to Edmonton and continue where we left off. I entertained that idea for as long as it took to call up the memories of where we were when we left off and decided to give it a miss. Ex was not happy and life around here for a week was strained. When she flew home, I got the most toxic email I've ever read. I've been called some nasty names in my time but never in the same sentence:laughing:

Greg_Nuspel
06-27-2010, 11:38 PM
Carma curse dealing with an EX. Now you do have my sympathy:grouphug:

Michaelaw
06-28-2010, 12:21 AM
I could rant for hours about that wing ding but without her opinion or ability to retort it would be pretty one sided. It ended badly and I knew I could never trust her again. I generally get on fine with X's...I have to, I'm living with one:laughing: