Where’s the *%^&! backup??
Just before bed last night, I was entering some transactions into Microsoft Money Deluxe 2004. All of a sudden, I got a blue screen from Windows. (I strongly believe that Windows XP is stable — getting a blue screen is pretty rare for me).
I rebooted the machine to discover that my Microsoft Money file was completely corrupted. I tried two different utilities to recover the file, but nothing worked. I then opened the file in a text editor and discovered that the file was completely blank. Aaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgh!
And I have gotten very lazy about backups since I have a RAID configuration on my home PC. So basically everything in the last year was completely lost.
Lesson 1: RAID doesn’t protect you from file corruption. Critical files still need to be backed up, at least by making extra copies.
Lesson 2: I can’t trust Microsoft Money. I don’t like Quicken these days, but it’s the lesser of two evils.