It is Friday (barely). My MacBook hard drive failed without notice on Monday. I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of what I lost. I used that machine so much… you have no idea.
Disclaimer: I do have a home computer (an eMac) that I copied any new photos I took or music I purchased to. But still, the photos and music are not work-related. You would think that a work computer that I used like mad for three months would have something irreplaceable on it.
Nope. Here’s all I can find that I lost:
- My password to our wiki/bug tracker. This is the only password of mine I didn’t set. A quick email to Riley and I got the password.
- My cheat sheet of how to set up Rails and PostgreSQL locally after I restart. But Sean wrote it up again as he set up my temporary iMac.
And that’s it. Easily replaceable stuff. Maybe I’ll think of something else, but if I haven’t yet, it couldn’t have been that important. This just shows that in the era of Google Documents, Subversion, and Trac, I can pretty much sit down and work at whatever machine I’d want. (Well, except if I really wanted to check out/modify/check in code, I’d obviously need to set up Rails and PostgreSQL on that new machine). But hey, it can be done.
What would you lose if your work machine crashed RIGHT NOW?