Well, yesterday I found out that that "no" can cost $600. Yup. My beloved powerbook would not turn on. After several hours of frustration, John & I took our sick little machine to Tekserve in the city. After getting a number and waiting with all the other people holding their sick machines, I was finally told by the technician that it had experienced a "hard drive failure." I said, But it's only 3 years old! He shrugged and told me not to feel too badly, that I was the 17th person that day who had this problem. On top of that - he told me that I should "expect" these machines to fail! Can you believe that? EXPECT them to fail? No, I expect them to work - and keep up - and keep chugging along like one marathon after another. No water, no sleep, no breaks. Work, work, work. Isn't that the point of machines in the first place?! $600 later meant no.
So this "backing up" thing that apparently everyone is supposed to do, but no one ever does, I'm finding is like insurance. Insurance for your stuff, your wallet and your mind. I'm without all my work for 7 days and don't even know if I'll get it all back - ever. Oh, the pain.
Long story short, I'll now be back up queen. Any questions on it, ask me, I'll be an expert in 7 days.