My computer just informed me this morning that there is a new version to my operating system available. The last time I upgraded, I did so in a relatively stupid fashion – I upgraded online, rather than from verified disk, and I didn’t have much of a backup in place. I lost almost everything, except for a few treasured pictures and documents that I happened to have sitting on a thumb drive. Today, I will back everything up, and I will install the upgrade from disk (probably – it galls me still that an online upgrade can fail); but there is always the possibility that something goes wrong (“To err is human – to really foul things up requires the use of a computer”), in which case I won’t be online at all for a couple of days. Not that reinstalling and restoring my system from backup takes so long; but because in such cases, I am not above sulking, and staying away from my computer for a few days before I decide to put it back together the way I want it.
In the end, the ‘age-old’ adage applies: that there are only two kinds of data – those being the kind of data you have lost, and the kind of data you have not lost yet. I just wanted to give a heads-up in case I do wind up taking time away from the computer, and wish everyone a very happy Hallowe’en in advance :-)