I just received a brand new laptop as the old one that I bought 3 years ago were showing sign of stress. Out of luck, on the day I began working on my new gadget the old one decided to die. It refused to even start up. I had planned to transfer all of my files to the new laptop. That plan has now unraveled.

While I have backed up most of my files from routine maintenance that I conducted, the past year has seen me slacking off. I managed to recover some pictures only because I have not deleted anything from my camera. I managed to recover some of my music because of my iPod.

The crash has led me to ponder about the digitalization of my life. I wonder also about the digitalization of humanity. The specific question is, if for some reason humanity becomes extinct, how much would be left behind? Would a new intelligent being be able to figure out the true grasp of humanity?

Sure, there would be buildings, bridges, roads, power lines, vehicles, books and others, but with many more — a whole lot more — digitalized, a significant portion of humanity would be gone just like that. To think of the old laptop of mine, I think I have lost all of my bookmarks, some of my spreadsheets, plans, some codes that I wrote, music that I love, things that I wrote to a former lover, games, movies, pictures of those dear to me — I feel as if I lost years.

This feeling of loss of mine points to the very real notion that we are transient beings. Even our memories. I find that distressing.

3 Responses to “[2520] Part of my life, gone”

  1. on 11 Mar 2012 at 09:59 Chang Yang

    I had a similar heartrending experience of my old portable HD failing the very moment I was trying to transfer my old files to the new portable HD. Lost two years’ worth of photos, files and memories.

    I have now put my trust in this online backup service called Backblaze which offers unlimited backup for 50 dollars a year. For the security of unrecoverable files, I think it’s a worthwhile investment and I have been recommending it to everyone. It’s equivalent to the cost of half a portable HD per year, which is about the same amount you would have to spend anyway if you were to make two separate backup copies of your files in two different drives.

  2. on 11 Mar 2012 at 12:05 Bobby

    I’m going to sound like an insensitive bastard, but it happened and I realiesd the more you can let go, the better you become.

  3. on 14 Mar 2012 at 21:40 cheemun

    Embrace the cloud, brother…

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