Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I always think of myself as quite a techie nerdy sort of person.

Stephen Fry also thinks he's one - in addition to being an illustrious celebrity, author, travel correspondent, raconteur, mental health expert, comedian, presenter and all round good chap and national treasure (did I forget anything)?

Stephen isn't pretty enough so I've posted a pic of Hugh instead.

Anyway, I have one of those external hard drive thingies. On Sunday night I decided to wipe it clean and reorganise the data.

Simple eh?

It only dawned on me very, very slowly ....... that I'd also managed to erase all the documents from my lap top as well


I had also emptied the Recycle bin.

.....When the red mist had evaporated, I remembered that the police had finally managed to catch the evil Harold Shipman by recovering the deleted documents from his computer.

The following morning, I hotfooted it over to my friendly neighboorhood computer shop who said they'd have a go.

So my laptop is in hospital and I'm using Kev's.

And you may never find out about my trip to Oldham.




Blogger Dave said...

I have several backups of all my important data, some in different places around my house, and one in the safe at church. Just in case.

I am, it seems, inviting you to hate me.

Stephen Fry lives in Norfolk too.

5:59 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Awwww so sad.

I thought for a second you'd run to the police asking them for help. I mean, if nothing else they would know how. Right?

6:03 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Stephen fry is definitely one.

I was looking forward to tales of your adventures in Oldham. I expect hair nets and whippets were involved.

6:15 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Did you at least recover the pics of you wearing nothing but your Docs?

6:24 pm  
Blogger Ackworth Born said...

ooh that sounds painful

hope you recover your essentials

I've got so many old backups I can never find where anything is - got some old pics that I'm certain are backed up SOMEWHERE but which old floppy or ZIP disc there are on eludes me.

6:54 pm  
Blogger scarlet-blue said...

Yes, but computers end up cluttered too. They're a bit like old drawers full of mysterious keys, used batteries and fluffy polo mints. I could do with losing half of the stuff on this pc . . . I think I've just tempted fate . . .

7:07 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

You poor love; uch sympathy honey. I'm pouring you a large, stiff one and a glass of scotch :-)

They can recover quite a lot these days. Just goes to show you only lose the stuff you never meant to.

8:10 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

Oh and by the way, you've been TAGGED

8:23 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

'Important data' sounds very grand - not sure I have any of that.
Don't worry - I shall transfer all my hate feeling onto Stephen Fry.

Interesting thought - I never thought of going to the police.
Even though I'm a fairly law abiding citizen - they still scare the living daylights out of me.

Whippets and chips - I may yet tell all.

Thank god I e mailed those to you - so they are safe.
Or - on second thoughts - you wouldn't would you??

I have a box full of those memory sticks - but if I look at them they never seem to have anything important.
Perhaps there's nothing really important on my lap top after all.

Scarlet Blue:
Very True - but if a robber breaks in and goes through those drawers you may only have lost a fluffy polo mint ... but you can never be quite sure.
And why do we always keep old keys?

Sympathy - much appreciated.
Large stiff one also - but I'll pass on the scotch and stick to the Sauvignon tonight.

Oh NO!!!!!

8:31 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

I know, as soon as I see a police officer I get all flustered and have the urge to confess to anything he says I've done. Even if I haven't.

Oh yes, Oh yes! Get to it.

8:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aargh... that's a deathly feeling. I remember using some poorly designed third party software and trying to delete one file, and all the files in the folder disappeared. None of them had back-ups!

Horrible. I hope you get all your files back. Have a nice hot drink of hot chocolate!

8:47 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

At least you didn't give it to our work's computer firm. They'd take three years to recover it and charge the earth!

8:51 pm  
Blogger BEAST said...

Oooh that was a cruel kiss off line , just as we were all chortling at your inept nerdiness you kicked us where it hurts.
I now may HAVE to go to oldham for a weekend myself to find out what dark delights await the hapless traveller .
Your a cruel woman Kaz

10:13 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

No need for the thumbscrews then.

Fingers crossed.
Don't tell - but I sometimes have a Horlicks after the Sauvignon.

Oh no.
I can't stand being without my own computer.
If it doesn't come back by Friday - I'll forget the lost documents and go and get it back.

A woman needs to be cruel to get some respect on this 'ere blogging scene!
I doubt that you could stand the extreme conditions at this time of year in Oldham.
Even a life spent out on t'Pennines can never prepare you for an afternoon on Oldham market.

10:49 pm  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

I have a complete back up of myself on 927 DVDs in case I ever die.
Please, if you are involved in the recovery procedure, use them in the correct sequence.

10:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But you demonstrate great vim by just finding yourself another computerthingy and carrying on.
Me - when it goes wrong I cover the blasted thing with a cardi and play the ukulele or read a book.

11:24 pm  
Blogger eroswings said...

Kaz, sorry about the deleted files. I've been there, too.

Here's a little tool that I've found useful when I've accidentally deleted something. It's free and it's called Recuva.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery :)

5:26 am  
Blogger CyberPete said...

dammit eh? Love those.

6:49 am  
Blogger Steve said...

Now your PC knows what it feels like to be Arnie Terminator charactor in Total Recall... Kev isn't concealing a weird mutant third arm is he?

7:30 am  
Blogger ziggi said...

my laptop just up and died but sadly my life is so mundane there was nothing on there worth recovering!

am really (really!) depressed about that now.

Dr House is lovely though.

8:16 am  
Blogger I, like the view said...

I've always* fancied Hugh Laurie

(lucky Emma Thompson, eh)

(*well, not "always" obviously; probably since Blackadder and most definitely since Jeeves and Wooster)(have never seen an episode of House tho - have I missed out?)

8:54 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Rely on me. Unless I manage to delete you of course.
But of I go first will you coordinate the defrosting process.

I have to be brave 'cos I can't play the ukelele.

Thankyou sooo much
You are a Knight in Shining Armour and the Milk Tray man rolled into one.


I don't think so - but I wouldn't object to a minor personality change.
And no one round here has three breasts either.

Just click on that pic of Hugh to enlarge to Cinemascope version.
He has an endearing little wart under his right eye.

See above comment to Ziggi.

I had to Google him & Emma. I must be the last one to know.
And now she has that hunky Rupert Graves.
Not Fair.

I haven't watched House either.

9:48 am  
Blogger Murph said...

Next time you may be able to save a few bob with this.

Here's an interesting thing. In the olden days Huge Lorry often used to have a Fry up first thing in the morning.

9:48 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Thankyou - you are indeed a veritable Sirius - a God of the canine world.

But that joke!
I shall have nightmares tonight - and I'm not talking about the full English.
Very funny though.

9:53 am  
Blogger SSS said...

I am 'quite crap' at all things technical. I'm presently trying to work out why my wireless isn't wireless.

Thanks very much for the lovely picture of gorgeous Hugh!

10:43 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the American telly the advert for episodes of House is better then the program itself, because of the man who provides the voice-over: he starts with a stage whispered, reverential "On the next episode of.." and then shouts "HOWOOOOSSE".
House is always HOWOOOOSE at our house.

11:18 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Rats! Major sympathies.

There are quite a lot of softwares out there that claim to be able to recover deleted files.....I assume your local computer shop will know of these.

Hope it all comes back!

12:11 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hugh seems to have become quite a sex symbol since the days of Jeeves and Wooster.

I don't tink we get that.
I read that Hugh found it really exhausting to maintain his American accent.

Thanks and give my compliments to the Major!

3:17 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

You'd better believe it.

5:35 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

how can you possibly not have seen House? You have not lived. Other than the fact it's the same story every week and they're a a bit predictable and crap, it's just so brilliant!


5:45 pm  
Blogger tony said...

I Often Lose My Memory When I'm In Oldham...............

6:19 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

Kaz m'dear, you've been tagged...

7:12 pm  
Blogger Donn Coppens said...

Chances are Very Good to Excellent that they will be able to recover all of the useless crap. All of your photo files from your hols briefly flew into the ether but now they are currently being downloaded by some little bastard in a hut somewhere in Chad...

who will then start to photoshop your head onto all of the nekkid bodies from his North Korean porn site, which he will in turn sell to Offshore Oil-rig workers in Russia for a great deal of money.

Sweet Dreams.

5:31 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

No reason not to.

If I miss the first episode of a series I never watch the rest.
I always have the feeling I might have missed something - but now I've missed the whole thing.

I'll search for it next time I go.
[ed: What next time?]

(Who is showing us his best photo today)
Oh dear and I was a bit concerned about the spotty nerd in the shop over the road.
However, it might be nice to have a few fans in an offshore Russian oil rig.

10:02 am  
Anonymous Miss Behaving said...

I was thinking an external HD might be the way for me to go but I feel sufficiently scared off now.
Thanks for Hugh, Wednesday HOUSE is the best part of my week.
Sad and pathetic I know.....

11:22 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hello Miss B:
Don't be put off - it was great while it lasted and I shall use it again.
I'm just rather too cavalier about these things.
Looks like I've been missing something with House.

6:14 pm  

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