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34 Gigabytes

That’s about how much data that I may have lost today. Sometime between when I stepped out to head to the Revenue Office to renew my car tags and when I tried to restart my computer, the external hard drive that I keep most of my data on decided to stop responding. I’m hoping for the best and that it’s just a faulty enclosure but I’m worried that it’s the hard drive itself that’s gone bad.

This hard drive holds my 20GB music collection, an encrypted file containing passwords to over 20 web sites that I probably don’t remember, and countless other irreplaceable files including agendas, minutes, and newsletter templates for an organization of which I am a member.

If the problem isn’t limited to a $40 hard drive enclosure, then I’m screwed—and not in that good way.

Update:  The problem was, thankfully, confined to the hard drive enclosure.  I replaced it and the drive is working fine.

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Monday, April 30, 2007 at 5:34 pm

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Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 12:24 am

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Sunburn and $82,000

Today was our local March of Dimes WalkAmerica event. I helped out with registration table and wound up getting a sunburn on just one side of my body. I hate it when that happens. Anyway, the walk today brought in about $6,200 in cash at the registration table and somewhere around $82,000 altogether which is just a bit shy of last year’s total but still a respectable sum.

The bulk of the money came from teams and businesses’ matching grants, but there were a few outstanding individuals who raised money by themselves. I know one woman raised at least $275 on her own. I think she’s the mother of a premature child so she had some extra incentive but that doesn’t make it any less admirable.

It was a great day (75° and sunny) and a great cause. I’m proud to have been a part.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 8:16 pm

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Friday, April 27, 2007 at 12:27 am

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Is all India this stupid?

Gere kisses woman, Indians go apoplectic Or is it just a few agitators and a judge in the city of Jaipur?

An Indian court issued arrest warrants for Hollywood actor Richard Gere and Bollywood star Shilpa Shelty on Thursday for kissing at a public function, media reports said.

Judge Dinesh Gupta issued the warrants in the northwestern city of Jaipur after a local citizen filed a complaint charging that the public display of affection —which he called an “an obscene act” — offended local sensibilities, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

India may arrest Richard Gere over kiss – USATODAY.com

P.S. I have a few friends from India and I am confident that it’s not all of India. I doubt they would have any problems with a few kisses on the cheek.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 9:10 am

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