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Journal Entry: Tue Sep 6, 2011, 2:29 PM



Power Outage

I finally got my power back after 4 days of living like I was camping in my house!! A storm knocked out tons of people's power in our area. I have lost all my files (awaiting retrieval from hard drive limbo) after my old computer refused to turn back on when the power returned. I ended up with a new computer, which was an unexpected expense, so it didn't come with the usual "woohoo" that normally accompanies a new computer.

Why is it that this stuff only seems to happen after not doing a backup for a while? It never ever happens when I've just backed everything up all nice and safe. Crap!!

I'm trying to recall the add-ons I had for Firefox. Any recommendations?


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:iconvardie:
Vardie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Don't know where I've read it, but it's just so damn true: 'Three things are certain: Death, taxes and lost data. Guess which has occured.'
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MTC101 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Back up your stuff constantly. You should know that by now.
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mysteria-dl Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Thank you so much for the feature!!!! :-)
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:iconfantasystock:
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
:hug: It's my pleasure!
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OriginOfWaves Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not sure if u tried CoolPreviews for Firefox before. it's a nice addon that allows u to preview links in a smaller window. a real lifesaver when u have to got through many messages on DA.
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Holy crap, that rocks!! I never knew about that addon before. :huggle: Thank you!!!
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OriginOfWaves Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome.
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KakashiMorph Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Welcome back!
The addon I can't do without is adblock plus. :p (ad-free internet yayyy)
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:iconfantasystock:
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
:giggle: Add blocker was one of the very FIRST things I remembered to do! Such an awesome addon!
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KakashiMorph Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Indeed! Can't live without it!
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
I have a dictionary.com add-on, as well as one I loooove called Clippings. It's a life saver when uploading stock. Instead of copy-pasting the same thing on every one, you just right click, go to your Clippings menu and there it is
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Oh yeah!! I forgot Clippings!! How did I forget that?!? You're awesome! Thank you!! And I didn't know about the dictionary... And OMG! There's a Thesaurus.com addon too!

:glomp: THANKS!
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
Yeah I have the one that has dictionary, thesaurus, web (whatever that is) , and translate
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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: No fun! But at least you have power now. There must have been a power surge that caused your computer to go. It just couldn't take anymore :no: ~ I have Time Machine for the Mac as a backup then my husband backs-up my backup on his computer. He has a 1 1/2 T drive, so there is plenty of room on it.

The one "electro" stock looks like an eyeball :giggle:
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
I don't think it was a surge. Nothing else attached to the surge protector strip was damaged. Everything else still works, just not the tower.

Go figure! :shrug: The most expensive thing on the desk was the one thing to go bonkers. Well, the comp was old. We had been having it repaired, and to keep doing so would mean spending as much as a cheap PC tower, which is what we ended up getting.
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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sigh. Murphy's law :no:
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ErinM31 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear that! :( It totally sucks to be without power and even worse to lose files and a computer! I sure hope that your files can be recovered from the hard drive!
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
I think I can recover them ....eventually. It will take some time though.

:hug: Thank you!!
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MTC101 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
That's why you should always make backup copies, my dear... Murphy's Law. It's a law of physics. I truly believe that.
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Thanks again for your help last weekend!! :hug: Murphy's law can go fuck itself. LOL!
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MTC101 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
:lol: Tell that to Murphy!
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oops, hit send to soon!

Adding:

It gave us a glimpse of what life was like prior to electricity. It was kind of good in a way as it forced me to step away from my high-end techie gadgets. I read the classics by lamplight while listening to some Glen Miller. It was very therapeutically relaxing and when my power returned I felt a bit more mentally energized.
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
The victrola sounds great! That would have been kind of a blast if not for the intense heat I bet. I don't have any old lamps like that, and reading by candlelight isn't as romantic as they make it look in the movies.
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh boy... but as I told `Shoofly-Stock I'm in North Houston and when Hurricane Ike came thru a couple of years back we were without power for 16 days! Thank G-d I collect antique oil lamps and have an antique Victrola and 78's. As long as I kept cranking my Victrola at least we had entertainment!
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Shoofly58 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Move to Texas Gulf Coast region. When we have a Tropical Storm or Hurricane the power is out for 7-10 days! Top that with 90-100 degree heat and ... well... let's say people tend to get cranky :lol:

You need to buy a UPS for your PC. When the power goes out it keeps the PC running for 15 minutes so you can save things. If your not home it safely shuts off the PC after 15 minutes without damaging files or hard drives. That way when the power comes back on the PC is off. I got mine for $99 at www.apc.com ;) [link]
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Between my new PC and my trip to Chicago next week, I can't afford a UPS atm.

Ike sounds like he was a bitch to you!! :hug: I can't imagine going much longer than we did without power. It was ok.. I could even get into the rustic "fun" of it, but washing my hair in ice cold water... Brrrr!
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Shoofly58 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
haha it's so hot here we can put buckets of water outside and they heat up to at least 80 degrees. My biggest gripe through the whole 10 days was having to drink warm beer! :puke:
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
That's some REALLY warm beer!! :beer: That would suuuck! It wasn't too hot here after the storm, just kind of humid. Our heat wave has died down for the summer I think.
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Shoofly58 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ours has died down a little. We still have wild fires everywhere but when I went out back to smoke at 6am it was 59 degrees! brrrrrrrr! I was wearing a pair of gym shorts only since it's usually 80 when I wake up! :giggle:
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes sir! I'm in North Houston (45 N. & West) and when Ike came thru we were without power for 16 days! Thank G-d I collect antique oil lamps and have an antique Victrola and 78's. As long as I kept cranking my Victrola, at least we had entertainment!
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Shoofly58 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I don't even want to think about Ike. Our neighborhood looked like a bomb went off! But Ike was nothing compared to the Rita evacuation. I got rear ended 3 times in your area, had a 14 year old dog and an 82 year old mom with Alzheimers in the back seat and NO A/C. It took us 40 hours to get to Dallas. (I live 1 mile from the Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake) . Once I hit College Station I gave up.. literally... I said "we are going to die here" - some ambulance pulled up after my wife called 911 from Dallas (she was already there) and he told me of a gas station on the other side of town. It saved our lives. I still get flashbacks from those 40 hours. And now I swear I will never, ever evacuate again even if it's a CAT 5. My dog is dead from a stroke and my mom is dead from old age (photos are in my scraps). It's just me and I would rather sit on my roof through a CAT 5 than go through that again.

I can't imagine 16 days with no power! Alicia was bad - I lost everything including my car since I lived in Galveston. My wife was 6 months pregnant with our first son. I'm actually surprised I'm still alive!
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I had 6 dogs at the time, 5 now, one which had special ocular medication needs. Plus my 7 year old nephew lived with me and I too had an aging grandmother with Alzheimer's. Since we were further north I refused to evacuate and we boarded up and hunkered down. Luckily our house is the highest on the block so other homes flooded but we lucked out.

I've heard too many horror stories about evacuating. I'll leave it to my Maker's decision if it's my time to go or not.
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Shoofly58 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the reply :) - That evacuation was .... how do I say it.... it traumatized me for life. I know it sounds "over the top" but if you were in that car you would understand. My wife won't even let me talk about it since she doesn't understand. It scarred me for life. People died on the freeway from the heat and lack of water and gas. We were sitting on 45 North near Conroe and I saw some kids get out of a car and run about 300 feet down the feeder, order a pizza from Pizza Hut and come back to the freeway in 15 minutes. We had only moved 50 feet during those 15 minutes :(

I'm adding you to my watch if you don't mind. We can keep in touch as the storms are rolling in ! :lol: - :fear:
I'll be on the roof if you need me during the next one! ;)
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I honestly had no idea that you were this close to me and I've used your stock a few times. Small world. As I told ^FantasyStock, It gave us a glimpse of what life was like prior to electricity. It was kind of good in a way as it forced me to step away from my high-end techie gadgets. I read the classics by lamplight while listening to some Glen Miller. It was very therapeutically relaxing and when my power returned I felt a bit more mentally energized.

So, while you're on the roof I'll crank up the Victrola and turn her your direction!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for the feature :)
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
:blowkiss:
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Dracoart Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Yeah, our power was out for a day and a half, but all is good here in Jersey! Thanks for adding my Nuke Plant to your feature there!
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
:hug:
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Lady-Sonata Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the feature dear!
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SuicideBySafetyPin Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh i am so glad you are back!!!!!! add ons? hmmm....superdamn but then i bet you knew that one already :shrug:
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
It's good to be back! I forgot about Superdamn! Thanks!!!
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