Kiwi Particle Physicist

November 16, 2006


Spent most of yesterday afternoon trying to recover the data I wiped. Luckily I had a backup from just four days ago on the computers in Osaka, and I hadn’t made too many new changes since then. I basically just copied all the old data files and scripts from the corresponding directory back to the Belle computers, tweaked a few of the scripts, and then ran them again to recover the changes since the last backup.

Things could have been a lot worse. Ever since the hard disk on my Mac PowerBook G4 kicked the bucket last December -- taking my masters thesis and two years worth of presentations and notes with it -- I’ve been very careful about taking backups. I usually back up data on the uni and Belle computers every couple of days, important files on the PowerBook every week or so, and the rest of my files about once a month. Strongly recommend it (mum!).

While I’m at it I think I’ll use this chance to plug the Mac’s. The service I got when the disk packed it last year was awesome. It’s not unusual for hard disks to bury themselves, especially on laptops, but the Mac guys here in Osaka came and picked it up, replaced the disk, and had it back to me in three days over the Xmas holidays. They even replaced it with a new 60GB disk free of charge because they had run out of 40GB version! Highly recommend them.

I’m up at the lab since Tuesday evening for a three day BGM (Belle General Meeting). We have a party tonight and then the last day of the meeting is tomorrow. Will probably head back to Kyoto on Sunday. Off for a run before I start on the beers.


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