Reminder: don’t trust hard drives
My work laptop died on Friday, specifically the hard drive. This was a little unexpected because it was between one and two years old, and an SSD to boot (pronounced “bout” because Canada). With no moving parts I expected it to have lived longer, being a Dell notwithstanding. Anyway they handed me a swell new ThinkPad and all is well. A new docking station is on the way and I’ll be back to multi-monitor happiness shortly.
I can’t be angry because I lost nothing digital. Email is all on the server, my files are on Dropbox, and all my source code is all in source control. I did lose something, though: the time I’ll waste reconfiguring my new machine, probably a day or two of my least favorite computer chore.
We talk a good game about a VM for developers but the truth is we never got to it. If even hard drive death is annual maybe it’s not really worth doing anyway. Spring cleaning. Lesson learned though: hard drives are not forever, even SSDs. Consider them ephemeral.
Yoda: Hard drive crashes are a natural part of life. Rejoice for the files around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed that is.
Anakin: What must I do, Master Yoda?
Yoda: Train yourself to let go… of all the data you fear to lose. Also backups are good.