Catastrophic Failure

Last night as I was in the middle of working on something, my program suddenly locked up with a “corrupted file” error, and my external hard drive started making clunking noises. Anyone who is at all familiar with computers knows this is not a good thing. I turned it off and added a “MyBook” to my list of things I’d love to get ASAP. I’m hoping it’ll last long enough for me to get the substantial quantity of files off of it.

By substantial I mean about 200 GB worth. Including rips of every single CD I own, and some very old DOS programs that I have kept since I owned a 286 running Windows 3.1. Needless to say, I want to rescue this stuff if at all possible. If I can’t, well… I’ll cry that river when I get to it. The first thing I’m going to do is burn all my crap onto DVDs for backup.

I said that the last time I had a hard drive failure too. Where are my backups?

It occurred to me yesterday that I’ve done more writing on here in the past couple of weeks than I have in quite a few months. With a little luck, I’ll be able to siphon some of the writing juice over to the creative pond, which currently has a few dying fish flopping around in it, and is mostly mud.

There’s another thing I need to mention on here, about surveys online. You know how it is. “Make money at home filling out surveys!” For the most part they’re crap. Spend money to make money? Yeah right. However, I just found a very valuable site in my survey battle. A real live person doing real reviews of real survey sites, both good and bad. I love it, and I’m so glad I found it. I’ve already kept myself from filling out some ‘join now!’ forms because of what I’ve read on here. And even better, her (yes, I said HER, how cool is that!) name is the same as the Southern Guy’s. I’d promote it anyway, but she’s having a little contest that I’d like to win, so here it is. I’ve already subscribed on my Google Reader.

The thing about doing surveys is that you have to do a lot of them (and I mean a LOT – I do 10-15 a DAY) to get anything for it, and even then it’s just a few bucks here and there. Mad money for me, really. But it’s something to do and I occassionally get to try food samples and whatnot so it’s fun. When I was doing it years ago I was actually one of the people who tested out those Campbell’s Supper Bakes before they went on the market. You’ve seen those, right? Yeah, I helped with that 😀