It’s just about your worst nightmare in today’s digital world.
I came home from preview-testing the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe in Sevilla Spain.
(No, IT is not the barely-mitigated disaster - details in Wheels this weekend.)
Punched the I/O button on my main desktop and - nothing.
No welcoming little pilot light.
No soothing disc-drive hum.
No festive flickering of the monitor.
Plug fell out of the socket?
Cat stepped on the power bar I/O switch?
That would be "Dead in the Water".
Turns out the Power Supply decided not to any more.
I’m still on-line with my laptop, and I’m semi-backed up data-wise - that's the bare mitigation.
But the weekend was more-or-less totally occupied trying to re-capture the data on the two internal hard drives.
Bought a new contraption to allow access to the drives externally onto a new Free Agent back-up drive via the laptop.
Slow, laborious, and eventually futile.
Got one drive copied, but the second, older one, started acting up.
Got really hot - I guess that’s why they have fans in computer cases.
Tried the ol’ freeze-the-drive trick.
Worked for a while.
One thing led to another. I dropped the drive while the cable was attached. Looks like I broke one pin off the connector.
Still working on it.
Meanwhile, life goes on - but all this is one reason why you haven’t seen a blog posting from me for a while.
Workin’ on that too.