I got up this morning, thinking that the tiny glimpse of blue I saw in the otherwise uninterrupted gray sky might herald a decent day for a change. I turned on the computers and then went about my usual routine. When I came back some time later, I found that one of my two laptops, my principal desktop replacement, had serious problems. Work as I might, the situation got worse and worse. Ultimately, I had to use a rescue disk and return it to its pristine state, losing a great deal along the way.
Today I has been spent mainly reconstructing everything. What a huge pain.
I am sure you readers have had experiences like this. They remind me, just as I remind you now, of the famous phrase “Jesus saves… and so should you.” Back things up. Never throw away disks or books or delete downloads of programs. Even when you are as diligent as I am about making backups and backups to your backups, putting it all back into place can be really irritating and time consuming.