19 November 2010
I like backups!
OK, I realize that this may be eccentric. I find backup operations satisfying, at least as they're completed, checking off an item from an unwritten to-do list. Maybe it's residue from an earlier era, when disks crashed more often, but I don't feel that I'm really done with a computer-based activity until I'm confident that there's another copy of the result somewhere. Whatever that activity might have been, it was or seemed important at least at the time, not something to be lost or repeated. The vast majority of data copies I've made have fortunately lived out their days in write-only obscurity, often overwritten by their successors, but the occasional exceptions validate their existence. If I experience some digital apocalypse, at least I can expect to be able to reassemble most of my accumulated bits afterwards.