Alt som kan gå galt går galt
og alt som ikke kan gå galt, går galt likevel
rather cryptic title is the Norwegian equivalent of the
infamous Murphy's Law.
This Law, being of a Universal Nature, applies to digital
photography as well - of course.
So, just 1 hour after returning my review sample of the
D200 and having started to collect the image files onto
the file server for my review, my Linux-based local mail
and file server crashed. Totally. Kaput. Gone.
I've been assessing the damages brought to bear from this
incident and see that I might be able to consolidate at
least some of the test images from alternate sources.
Since these files were so early in the image workflow,
they had not the bullet-proof backup support (presumably)
valid for the finalised images. A pity and lots of work
that needs to be redone, but it seems doable and I've
"only" lost about one week's worth of
Then, having established that my test images had suffered
a disasterous blow but should be recoverable to a some
extent, I began looking into the mail system and found to
my dismay that the local mail client not only had
downloaded e-mail messages from the central server, it
had also, diligently but unnoticed, deleted the messages
as well. So in effect all e-mails for the last 6 months
have disappeared into the big cybernetic void. Those
included all requests for tutoring and field trips, plus
the details for a pending sale of images to Oxford
University Press (hopefully their Book Editor will
inquiry for images not received as promised in a day or
At this stage of the affairs I did the only sensible
thing, left the digital mess behind and went to help
myself to a mint Nikon S3 "2000" rangefinder,
still in its unopened box. Set me back a cool $ 5.000 but
helped lift my spirits above Ground Zero level. Now is
time to grab some beers and listen to high-volume
psychodelic rock music. Eventually, tomorrow dawns, but
that's another story.
have to slide the publication date for my D200 review
towards the end of January, 2006. Sorry but such things
do happen. And yes, I do have RAID disks, but even these
do obey Murphy's law. What annoys me the most about this
disk crash affair isn't the crash itself, because I have
experienced quite a number of them the last 5-6 years and
due to my backup routines and RAID arrays, never lost
data. But this time I did, because I hadn't tested in
depth to ensure that the setup was working as it should.
And of course, now I'm looking at a computer mess instead
of focusing on writing the review of D200.