Unwelcome surprises

There I am, working on an RFP response. Figuring our partner needs this in word format, the laptop is booted into windows xp.
Word 2003 is up. Several hours worth of work. Saved often.
Oh, you already know where this is going?

Yeah. Its going there.
Crash goes word. Starts complaining it can’t read the disk. Never mind that it appears to be able to read the disk just fine in another window. Loses the file.
The one I spent several hours on.
The one I have been saving frequently.
That one.
Looking in the directory, it is gone.
No trace.
dir is so helpful (not).
Reboot into windows again.
Nope, still gone.
RFP is due tomorrow.
Gee, thanks Microsoft. I appreciate that I have another 4 hours of work to replicate.
I really didn’t need sleep. Nah. Sleep is for the weak.
Get pissed, boot into Linux.
Look in the directory. There is a little file there named ~wrl1854.tmp
Wow, that was the name it said it had to delete. Ok, make 2 copies of it. Open one of them.
There is all my work.
Gee, thanks Microsoft. I really enjoyed this mild tachycardia session. No, really. I enjoy having my pulse in mid triple digits, hyperventilating, and watching my BP soar past 200/100. Yeah. Its fun.
Staying in Linux, OpenOffice 2.4 is handling this fine.

2 thoughts on “Unwelcome surprises”

  1. This gave me a flashback to preparing my degree thesis with Word 97 I think it was – good to hear that 11 years haven’t changed things all that much. On a serious note, we prepare lots of customer documentation and pretty much exclusively use Openoffice – unless our customer has some very unusual document template or we’re working on a previously prepared Word document with some challenging formatting. Most of our customers seem more than happy to receive a PDF document anyway – at least they don’t need to buy a license to view their document in that format.

  2. I, too, have seen this — and much more often than you would think. In Word’s Preferences, in the Save section, there is a checkbox for “Always create a backup copy.”
    Check this.
    It will create a separate file called “Backup of [FILE]” that is outside Word’s propensity to delete your work, and save to it as well, every time you save the file.

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