I was going to get clever and come up with something snazzy for the title of this post, but truly I don't want anyone to not get the meaning of it. Today's tip is to back up your data NOW! Not this weekend, not when you get around to it, but NOW!
I spent the weekend at the Apple Store. And it was not a fun trip. The end result is that I think that my data is backed up, but without another Mac, I won't know exactly what they backed up. And my laptop is on its way to be fixed. Thankfully it is covered by Apple Care.
Since we weren't exactly sure where we would be in the next 5-7 days we decided to have it shipped to our p.o. box. At least we won't have to sit around all day waiting for the UPS guy. At the first Apple Store that we went to, the Genius at the Genius Bar was none too impressed with our rock star life style. He sent us home with my iBook.
Later that night we stopped by the Apple Store in Palo Alto. We made a few inquiries and learned about Apple Pro. We also made an appointment for the next day and came back to interesting results. This Genius admitted that after closing up shop after 9:30pm, he went out drinking with his friends, and well wasn't still 100% sober. Still, he remembered us and got most of what we were trying to do right.
The weird thing was that after I bought Apple Pro membership and a back up hard drive, he decided to look at my laptop. Amazingly, it booted up and looked normal. Before we were lucky to get to the login screen and even then it would just freeze. Of course, he decided to try it one more time and at that point was able to see what we had been describing. I went from elated to beyond crushed.
I am just so embarrassed by the whole thing. I have a .mac account, so in theory I should have been saving some of my files there. I even told a few people about the service, and they signed up so that they could use it. I could blame not having a desk and all this moving around we have been doing, but really those are just excuses. This is my fault. I should learn how to back up my files, especially as between my work files and my photo files, you are talking about a huge part of my life.
We return to LA tomorrow, where B's parents currently are. Well, we think they are at least. We haven't heard anything. For better or worse my laptop is my safety zone. In some ways it is the closest thing I have to home at the moment. I honestly am not sure how I am going to get through the next several days.