htom wrote:"It's not backed up until it's been restored from the backup!" has since been a theme of mine.
Blessed are the pessimists, for they have made backups. (And checked them.) My worst experience with non-backups was with tar. We had an upgrade to do, and someone decided it should be done over the July 4th holiday, so the downtime wouldn't be a problem. (The upgrade team not getting the holiday wasn't considered a problem.) The software directory was tarred up, the upgrade was done, and the un-tar was done. Then it was my turn, only when I went to run the software something was amiss. Specifically, whoever ran the tar had only done the directory, not the files within. So I had to start calling people who thought they were entitled to the holiday, and get the problem fixed. We did, eventually, though I've forgotten now how we did it.
My daughter also learned a good lesson just before finals last term. Her hard drive died. Papers and assignments were backed up nicely. Class notes, not at all. Hard to study from nothing. Thankfully, the University computer lab had people and tools that knew how to pull the files off the hard drive. It took two tries, and then a lot of emailing of files for conversion, since the computers in the school library didn't have OneNote, her preferred note-taking software, and she basically lived in the library for a week, but the lesson was learned less painfully than it might have been. Now items for her own use are backed up with as much zeal as items to be turned in to others.
BlitzGirl wrote:Some causes for the OTT slowdown might include the confluence of special Outside occasions these xips (at least in the U.S.) including Mother's Day, high school proms, and graduations followed by parties of all shapes and sizes. These threw me so far out of my normal stride that I ended up in Moscow, Idaho, so I would not be surprised if similar catastrophe has struck many of our fellow thread-dwellers.
Indeed, I'm several states north of home at the moment, as the school year has ended for my daughter and she and her stuff need a ride home.