I finally got my laptop back - the hard drive was replaced, as was the left fan - and have spent the last few days catching up with various projects and sorting out a better backup regime. I'm fairly good at backing up ... normally ... but on the day my hard drive failed I hadn't done so for about five days. This doesn't sound long, but it caused me a number of headaches that could easily have been avoided had I been a bit more diligent.

I guess the bottom line is that any computer system or any of its components can fail. In the 23 months that I've had this laptop the CD drive has failed, as has the battery, and my hard drive has failed twice. You'd think that I would have learnt my lesson after the first time, when I also lost a week's work, but I'm determined that it won't happen again. I now have two backups for the laptop - a 500GB RAID 1 device at the office and a Lacie 500GB external drive at home. All I need to do is make sure that I connect them up and let Apple's Time Machine do it's stuff.

Anyway, in and amongst everything else that's been going on I haven't had a great deal of time to take photographs, but did manage to get to the beach this afternoon. I didn't get anything I was especially happy with, but do like this shot of Harmony, bundled up against the cold.

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3.09pm on 9/12/08
Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
70mm
f/5.6
1/320
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+1/3
evaluative
100
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