Hmmmm. My laptop hard disk was dead when I woke up this morning. It gives a bunch of ATA read errors which don’t look very good at all. Luckily for me, the help desk at works. A USB hard disk caddy I happened to have spare, their USB cabling, a spare Thinkpad X41, and a couple of hours of data rescue, and I don’t think I have lost anything. All I can say is thank god for work’s help desk. They rock.
Part of the excitement with the failure is that I fly to Phoenix again tomorrow, and wasn’t looking forward to life without a computer. Oh, and I promise to do more backups (although all the stuff I really care about is in source control anyways).