I am writing this post on my new computer. Very exciting - big fast processor, lotsa ram, a pair of big fat 500GB hard drives, screaming fast video card. What is NOT on my new computer is several thousand photos I've taken since Septemeber 13 2007. Those are gone. Gone gone gone. My daughter's birthday, my nephew's wedding, all the shots I've taken with my 40D since I got it and all the Photoshop experimentation I was working on. Gone. The old computer is still smoking, but through the smoke it's giggling at me. I just know it. Do I even need to say this? Probably not for most of you, but some might look around and say "gee, I haven't backed up in a while myself..." Back up your stuff. What if I'd had a shoot on that hard drive? Photographers get sued over that sort of stupid mistake. I have a few friends who've said things like "oh, that's awful. Dang computers." The more astute of my friends have been less charitable: "what, are you stupid? Ever herard of burning CD's? Backup drives? You're an IT professional, right? What a moron..." It goes on and on, but hey - they're right. So now I'm off to find all the free Photoshop plugins and tools I had downloaded, and when I do I'll back them up too. Oh, yes I will. While I do that, I invite one and all who have not yet done so to perform a full backup routine today. Unless everyone already has, and I am the only one... Ciao all.