Twas the night before meltdown

Twas a night such as this one and all through the office,
Not a creature was stirring, not even the bosses.

The servers were hung on the blue screen with care,
In hopes that the updates soon would be there.

The employees were nestled away from their cubes,
While strange infomercials danced on their tubes.

My desktop and Tivo, my laptop and Mac,
Had just powered down for a long winter’s nap.

When out on my hard drive there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to save the bits from the platter.

Away to the tower I flew like a flash,
Removed my peripherals and emptied my cache.

The drive sputtered down and as the smoke cleared,
My data was lost I hadn’t backed up in years.

When, what to my caffeine filled eyes should appear,
But a miniature thumb-drive, and a couple of beers.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it could just do the trick.

More rapid than Google the futility came,
I shouted and cursed as I called them by name.

Now, Windows! Now, Dell! Now, Intel and Segate!
For such a disaster I deserve quite a rebate

A stack of CD’s to the top of the wall!
Now crash away! crash away! crash away all!”

So on through the night the curses they flew,
I wish I had backed up a sector or two

And then, in a twinkling morning of day,
I found some of my data squirreled away.

I sprang from my desk to try to re-make,
The dashed broken bits of a hard-drive mistake.
And just as I finish you’ll hear me explain

Run your backups by night or suffer my pain.

– Happy Holidays from Greg “yes I crashed my hard drive” Raiz


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