In the middle of prepping this issue for print, my laptop’s hard drive failed. I remember the first time I ever experienced a hard drive failure. It was 1996, and the computer in question was the Apple Power Macintosh 6100 I used to produce the early issues of Process Heating. There is nothing like the first time you see the Sad Mac and your files are not backed up. Our former publisher still alludes to the sound she heard coming from my office that day as one of the 10 scariest she’s ever heard.
The second time I experienced a hard drive failure, it was on my personal iMac in 2007. Apparently, I hadn't learned my lesson well enough the first time. Though I had some of my music and photos backed up on CDs and DVDs, like a lot of us, I was well intentioned but lazy. I lost everything I had failed to backup.