I've ignored this space for too long. This post comes from my resurrected laptop (work-provided) which underwent a hard drive crash 5/25. Nothing demonstrates the how much of a technophile I am until my main tool goes away! On the other hand, some pleasant surprises met me along the way. Checking email from my old developer box (how a test web server) allowed me to keep current on both my Lotus Notes and Outlook emails. As a supervisor/manager, what more do I need, right?
Returning to my notebook has shown how nicely optimized my workspace has become. Using Maxthon for browsing gives me tabs, pop-up blocking, add blocking, and the ability to open a group of websites at once. Typing text into a 1920x1200 crisp screen is taking some getting used to again (fitting 1920 pixels into 13" makes for some small text!).
The narration of the recovery of my drive is worth a mention. My old drive experienced a 'glitch' in March and I rebuilt my system from scratch. Installing tools like Visual Studio.Net, email, Office, and Photoshop (with numerous plugins), takes a week or so (if done intermittently). Imagine my dismay at a hard drive crash in May after mostly getting my machine back to where I wanted it to be! While I had a backup of all important files, I wouldn't be able to restore the programs and settings from a backup. I had banked on the law of averages keeping me safe for a bit longer until I could make a solid backup...
The hard drive experienced physical damage and couldn't be read from Microsoft XP. I have an external enclosure I could use to use the drive from other machines but all Microsoft OS's would hang once I plugged in the drive. What is a techno-geek to do?! Look at Linux, of course. Knoppix came to my rescue. "Knoppix is a GNU/Linux distribution that boots and runs completely from cd." Booting from CD I could view the contents of my files and copy them to a new location. After obtaining a new hard drive and installing a base Windows XP, I copied all the files onto the new drive and am back in business. (This tale has been edited to remove all dead ends and wrong turns.)
Typing on my laptop again (and listening to some Johnny Cash) lifts a huge weight.