never keep a drink bottle in your laptop bag
What happened? Well, let me simply say this: never put your drink bottle in the same bag as your laptop. My laptop was only a little damp when we arrived at Liz’s, and I know the leaking could only have occurred during the last leg of our journey, but the computer still wouldn’t start up. I let it rest for a week assuming it would dry out and be fine, but it wasn’t, and when Apple received it they pronounced the logic board and the hard drive dead and gone and sent me my old computer back with a hard drive empty but for a very minimalistic install of the operating system. New installs of Word and Photoshop and Endnote and Dreamweaver and iLife will have to wait till I return to the university server. Can you believe Apple ships without iPhoto these days? At least, they ship repaired computers without iPhoto. iSync and iTunes I could download, iPhoto I can’t.
Backups? Oh yes, I had a recent backup on my iPod. Except I seem to have shut the computer before it was done or something, cos less than half the stuff I thought was there is really there. And, uh, something must have gone wrong, cos I’m sure this backup was just a few weeks ago, ya know, but the dates on the files is February. And, uh, yes, backing up stuff was on my to do list before travelling, but after finishing work stuff, packing and cleaning I decided to go to bed instead…Got all my music, though, thanks to iPod Access, and contacts and calendars are fine too.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a paper record of my password to my blog, either, but Hanna adeptly command-lined the mysql database into changing it for me and yay, apart from not being able to blog photos (no iPhoto, no Photoshop, can you believe iPhoto’s not part of the basic install and not downloadable either?) well apart from that, there is a certain exhilaration in starting over. Imagine how uncluttered my computer will be!