Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Inner Ring of Hell: imac hard drive failure

Oh dear reader, it has  not been a good couple of weeks technology-wise.

We had a power cut two weeks ago and the imac refused to boot up afterwards.  I accidentally reloaded Snow Leopard (the Apple OS) onto the imac when all I really wanted it to do was boot up.  But, unfazed, I attempted a 'restore' from the Time Machine facility.

It meant that I would lose files back to 1 February, but that's not the end of the world, right?

How wrong can you be?!

Woe! Woe! and Thrice Woe!

Whatever it was that I did, the system backed up - but not to the hard drive as it should - but to a blummin' FILE in the darkest, deepest recesses of the hard drive.  Not only could I not access anything from the end of February, but I could not find nor access any of the photos that I'd taken from 2008.

Mostly of my son.  And a very ancient pain au chocolate called Kevin who lives in my bread bin.  Long story.  But you can read about him here.

I was devastated.  Honestly, I cried more last Monday morning when I thought that I'd lost all my son's photographs than when my dad died.

BUT to the rescue came the most wonderful man in the world, Uth. Not his real name.  Top bloke.  Clever, good at communicating with Homer Simpson luddites like m'self, patient and kind.

Today he spent an hour and a half on the telephone guiding me through the intricacies of getting my files back to where they should be.

I was completely out of my depth, working in Terminal (for fellow pc fans - that's the equivalent of out at the c prompt!) typing commands that were entirely alien to me.  Sweaty-palmed and churny of stomach, that was me.

But he has managed to restore my files to me!!!!  And if he wasn't married, I would be down on one knee to procure him for myself.

Sadly, all the 2-hour Tarot shows are gone as is a lot of music...... but I might be able to get the shows (and the music) back from Radio Bute in mp3 form.  Keep your fingers crossed.

So, here's my question to you today - which Tarot Court card best exemplifies Ian (and me!) in our exchange today?

Uth and me, hamming it up for the camera
Glastonbury - many years ago!
Jeez, my roots REALLY needed doing....

4 comments:

  1. 10 of Swords for you and the Mac. And the 6 of Pentacles for you and the marvellous Uth :-)

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    1. Hey, my mentor doesn't even know her court cards, no wonder you liked all my readings. ha ha ;)

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  2. Well, you were a damsel in distress so maybe you were a Princess of Cups reversed. And Uth (Ian?) must have been your Knight of Swords, charging in with the answers. What do you think?

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  3. I could also see you as the Page of Wands - doing stuff with plenty of energy, but not much knowledge, still willing to give it a go and faking your confidence. And Uth as the King of Swords: knowledgeable and a clear communicator, cutting to the heart of the problem :)

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Never mind what I think, what do YOU think? :-)

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