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Hi you all,


On the 15 Sept our house was burgled. Among others, my laptop was taken and the perpetrators neglected to leave me a backup. My last backup dates from Dec 2016, so my loss in terms of data and especialy pictures is enormous. Thanks to insurance I now have a new computer, but it will still take some time to get everything running smoothly again.


Prior to the loss, I had a trip planned, within SA and it will last all of October 2019. By then I should have lots of new pictures.


Lesson: back yer data up. Easy? No.


I am looking at solutions, but the clouds seem expensive. I will do some more looking at options, while travelling.


See you in a month's time. I will not reply to any comments to this picture - at least, not soon.



comments (12)

Oh gosh, Louis - I'm so sorry! What miserable so and so's... Did they catch the guys???

If it's any consolation - this is an amazing image!! Look forward to seeing more from you when you can.
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. Not caught and never will be, even considering I gave them a name to work on.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Sep 2019, 05:47
Tough luck Louis

I look forward to seeing some new stuff from you soon..
Louis: It is tough indeed, Chris. Two years of pictures just gone. Never got to show you Hong Kong and then there is the bird pics...
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 30 Sep 2019, 05:48
I am so sorry that you ha e suffered a burglary Louis. Your point about backup is important. We all need to ha e a plan.
Louis: I know my own bad habits when I have to rely on handraulic actions to back up. Have now gone to cloud. The Google solution provides enough free space for my other stuff. For photos, I have gone Adobe creative cloud + Lightroom, which is the cheapest solution for my almost 200G pictures.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Sep 2019, 08:48
I am so sorry to hear about the burglary, that fact that somebody violated your private space is without words. The loss of pictures is cruel. I wish you luck and a good trip. I feel for you. My best wishes. This is a wonderful picture with your sad story.....
Louis: Thank you, Astrid - yes, that invasion and upsetting of one's life...
Oh, Louis. This is the kind of story none of us ever want to hear or experience. So sorry you've been through all of this. A brother-in-law would tell a story like this and then end it, very matter-of-factly, with "But nobody died!" Please take care of yourself and come back when you're able.
Louis: Your brother-in-law is right as far as I am concerned. Not a good experience in any way, but then - nobody was hurt. The problem as far as I am concerned is the effort and amount of time to get everything back on track. Some cost, but the insurance looked after most. Cost = like the cloud storage for my pictures.
  • Ray
  • Prasat, Thailand
  • 30 Sep 2019, 11:28
I like this muchly, Louis.
Louis: Thank you, Ray.
Sorry to hear that Louis...Enjoy your trip. This is a great shot. ( Not much consolation I know )
Louis: It is that unsettling effect that gets to me. Since no-one was hurt, one only needs to get back into stride.
There are some wretched folks about, to lose data is a pain.Have a good break and dust yourself off.
Louis: Ok, I am dusted, thanks Martin smile A pain it is.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Sep 2019, 20:38
I had the vague feeling that something bad would have happened to you, because I didn't see any new picture on your blog. I am sorry to hear about the buglary, but as Ginnie said "Nobody died". I wish you a very fine trip within SA and I am looking forward to your new images.
Louis: Yes, no-one was even hurt. So I took a deep breath (continued with my planned trip) and got over it.
Oh that is extremely frustrating to say it mildly, Louis! And you make a good point about the backup. I had one of those free ones but I used up that a long time ago. meanwhile, this is a fabulous image. is that an irrigation/insecticide spraying rig of some sort?
Louis: It is an irrigation rig, Ayush. Have now gone to cloud. The Google solution OneDrive provides enough free space for my other stuff. For photos, I have gone Adobe creative cloud + Lightroom, which is the cheapest solution for my almost 200G pictures.
So sorry to hear that, Louis. There's some real low life around. Make sure you have a good trip.
Louis: Thank you, Graeme. It was an excellent trip.
geez! sorry to hear that!
Louis: Thanks CrashRyan. Fortunately, being adaptable is also a human traitsmile It just takes time and effort to recover.

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