disappeared again.


It’s been a while since my last post.  At least this time I have an additional excuse – along with being incredibly busy getting ready for a bunch of travel (to SXSW, a W3C meeting, and MIX06), I’ve been depressed.


A week and a half ago, someone broke the window of my (new) car and stole my laptop bag and my camera bag.  Aside from the hassle of replacing all the other junk that was in my laptop bag (razor, miscellaneous cables, nr headphones), the loss of all the stuff on my hard drive, and the financial loss of the camera (a Canon 20D with the two most expensive lenses I own), the biggest loss was due to not having copied pictures off my laptop for two months.


So, the last two months worth of pictures I’d taken – a few dive pictures, but mostly pictures of my 14-month-old daughter – are gone.  After destroying two cameras while doing dive photography, this is camera number three down the drain (and I’m not counting point-n-shoots – these are all digital SLRs).  It got me really down, and nearly made me want to give up photography.


But, I’ve pulled myself up out of it, dusted myself off; gotten the car window fixed (twice), got a new laptop, and ordered a replacement camera, which is winging its way from B&H Photo as I type.


Personal lessons learned:


don’t ever, ever leave a bag unattended in a car.  Even if it’s for half an hour and you’re parked right in front of a well-lit busy plate glass storefront; no one saw anything, even though the car alarm went off.  Yes, I was a dumbass.


Back up.  I am in the process of coming up with an automated backup strategy, particularly for my photos.


Comments (11)

  1. Nicholas says:

    That really —-ing sucks. Gah. I’m glad to hear you’re trying to keep your spirits high, though. Hang in there.

  2. Jerry Mead says:

    "I am in the process of coming up with an automated backup strategy, particularly for my photos."

    Stick a Buffalo Terastation under the stairs and set up Acronis True Image to backup all your boxes in the middle of each night.

    http://www.buffalotech.com/products/product-detail.php?productid=97&categoryid=19

    V. reliable here … despite all the photos of four maniac Jack Russell puppies 🙂

    Drop a few selected chemicals for the depression, that works too. Can’t let the black dog win.

  3. The storage isn’t the problem – my home desktop has a RAID SATA setup – but the automation is.  I don’t leave my laptop powered up all night.

  4. James says:

    Chris,

    For backups I use Foldershare.  My fav folders are always in sync with my laptop/pc and once up and running minimal effort is required (well, none at all).  I have the "My Pictures" folder sync’d (amongst others).

    I know this doesn’t exactly help the situation but no point in writing a backup utility when there’s a perfectly good Microsoft solution available for free download.

    http://www.foldershare.com

    Enjoy,

    -james

  5. Albatross! says:

    This past weekend, I got to go diving at Sunrise Beach in Gig Harbor.

    That, in and of itself, would…

  6. markovich says:

    This past weekend, I got to go diving at Sunrise Beach in Gig Harbor.

    That, in and of itself, would…

  7. sony-alpha says:

    Thank you very much. this site has provided me with an understanding of digital SLRs

    , It’s just what I was looking for!