Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Lesson Learned


Never, ever write your blog posts in Blogger. Because you will just be adding the finishing touches to the post you've been working on for the last hour and a half and then *poof* it will disappear! Just like that. Gone. Nothingness. Blank screen. Glowing emptiness. And nothing you do will bring it back. And you will most likely feel a mix of rage and helplessness. And you will wail, and shake your fists, and gnash your teeth, and your husband will look at you like you've lost your mind - because you have! And still, there is nothing you can do. Eventually you will have to accept defeat and go to bed.

5 comments:

Jeff said...

This is a great example of Murphy's Corollary to the Laws of Computing. Its basic tenet is that there are several factors that increase the chance of you losing your work. 1) The length of time you've been working without saving. 2) The importance of the work. 3) How late it is. 4) The color of your shoes, socks, or toenails (depending on how you are attired). 5) The cosmic ray density in your workspace. (I'm sure there are more, but you get the idea.)

Sorry to hear you were bitten by this one Liz. Blogger greatly increases the chances of this happening since you can't save your work until you are ready to post.

Kate said...

It should be saving periodiclly. For example, mine usually saves whenever I pause, but not always. But I've had that happen, and I too was so angry, that I refused to re-post.

Liz said...

Oh! So true, Jeff! It's nice to know that this is a documented phenomenon and not just a random act of computer sabotage.

Kate: The things that really chaps my hide is that Blogger does save periodically and often - so often, in fact, that it autosaved right after the fiasco! It saved a blank post over my real one!

D.Johnson said...

Now that's low! We should go back to the days of having to save our own work. Why, I bet I can save more documents than some auto save feature! It's like John Henry and that steam engine. What did that steam engine ever do but bring us heartache!

Kate said...

oh the heartache!