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[May. 12th, 2005|12:01 am]
I lost most of my day to data recovery. Not caused by hardware failure or anything like that, oh no. No, it was due to good old-fashioned Microsoft Windows Suckage™.

See, if you drag a bunch of files from one window to another, then realize you wanted to copy them, not move them, and hit the "undo" button, it undoes the moving of them into the new folder. But it doesn't undo the moving of them OUT of the first folder! That's right, it DELETES them. Entirely. Not moved to trash -- just deleted, wholesale. Somebody remind me why that level of UI maldesign is not grounds for criminal charges? 'Cause it oughta be.

Happily, I was able to find a fairly inexpensive data rescue program that recovered all the files with no problem. I probably could have done it much quicker, but I was feeling paranoid and let it scan the entire drive to make sure it wasn't missing anything, and it took a very long time. But I got my data back!

After an scant hour or so at work finishing off the stuff I was working on yesterday afternoon when the company's website fell over and made it impossible for me to continue, I met zalena and we went off to the tea house near Ideal Market to hang out for a bit. She handed off a couple Moomin books to me, we chatted, and I had boba tea (the kind with tapioca pearls in it). It was a pleasant antidote to computer woes.

[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2005-05-12 12:38 pm (UTC)

Dude. . .

Curious, I just tested this--a bunch of small text files, then the entirety of the UT2004 install files (I was looking for stuff I wasn't afraid to lose).

It worked fine. Cannot reproduce.

Sorry dude, but um. . . you're wrong. Something else was going on there. Or you're not using XP with service pack 2?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-05-12 12:45 pm (UTC)

Re: Dude. . .

I am not, in fact, using XP with service pack 2.

I'm totally willing to believe it's a bug they fixed a while ago. What boggles me is that it's a bug that was allowed to exist anywhere outside Redmond.
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2005-05-12 12:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Dude. . .

Ah, well then, my test is meaningless. Ignore me.

I suppose I also get a bit defensive, not because I love microsoft, but because using Unix on an everyday basis is this strange thing that I know people do and generally find more productive but I can't imagine doing myself. . .

It's true. I fear what I do not understand. And I leap up to defend the mechanisms I use to cope with that. :)
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