Repeat that phrase 20,000 times, so you will be convinced. "Computers are our friends."
I spent the entire weekend setting up a new computer in my office, which replaced an old one that bit dust this week.
I have two pieces of advice for anyone who deals with computers, which obviously means you.
First, never... never ever ever never ever ever trust your valuable photos and data to an outboard USB hard drive. I've been burned twice in the past year... most recently, tonight when I plugged in the drive that contains (er, contained) our entire library of photographs.
Dark power button. Nothing.
The second piece of advice is never, never, ever trust your valuable photos and data to an INBOARD hard drive.
Basically, don't trust a computer to safely store anything. Do yourself a favor, and burn them to DVD. It will save you from patching drywall holes and paying major money to the Geek Squad to retrieve your data.
Which is where I will be going tomorrow.