Friday, February 27, 2009

Fatherhood Friday Foto Fiasco

We're jumping on the dadblogs band-wagon and partaking in their popular "Fatherhood Friday" supernova. And with that being said... foto (okay, really it's 'photo' but I'm trying to add a literary alliteration - a touch of swank if you will) fiasco will be my theme. And why you may ask? Because I thought I deleted a majority of our pictures of Kensington by moving files around on my computer [yikes].


I was informed last week by Jason, our IT (computer - not 'it') guy, that I would be receiving an email from our VP of IT because of the amount of files I have on my computer. Apparently everyone with 3GB or more in their "My Documents" (items that get backed up to our main server) were being notified that they needed to clean up and delete obsolete files. No biggie. I can clean items up.


Well, I had folder on my desktop (items not backed up) of all of our pictures since Kensington's birth. I've had to place them on my work laptop because our personal laptop was being worked on by Toshiba because of a bad battery thing-a-majig.


While I was moving items to a new external drive, I noticed in the upper left hand corner a 'delete' box with file and folder names that I didn't want to delete. It was my photo folder. Lets just say several expletives came out of my mouth. loudly. I quickly hit cancel and then looked in my recycle bin. Empty. They were gone. I ended up deleting all of our December pictures and about the first week of January. I cried.


I went into the office today and went straight to Jason. I was told there was no hope. It was on the desktop and not backed up. But while I was there, he wanted to show me his spreadsheet about my storage space. I was using approximately 58% of the server space from our office (of 25 people). Then he pulled the organization report. There was one person in NYC (Pam... hahaha, it's you) who used more space than me. Out of 500+ people, I'm the second highest storage waster... with 19GB of files on the server. I needed to clean it up, and pronto.


So I spent the day looking at my "My Documents" folder, and seeing what could be deleted, what could be moved to the shared drive and what needed to stay. While doing this, I saw something out of whack. I had a "Personal", "Desktop", "Desktop1234" and a "PEID" (my initials) folders. Last month when I got a new laptop, I backed-up my files in a "PEID" folder (I've had my files deleted in the past when getting a new laptop and learned my lesson. I want to keep my files, my fonts, my favorites and my settings and not put my complete faith in someone else's to-do list). When I went to back up, it said "102 minutes remaining" so I headed to a meeting and told Jason that I'd give him the old laptop after my meeting. About 30 minutes later, I saw that Jason left a note on my laptop and the files stopped transferring. So I created a new folder, "Desktop1234", and transfer ed again. While I was transferring files in my computer, Jason was actually transferring all of my files to a "Desktop" folder from his office. And for some reason, there was another set of the files in a "Personal" file. So I actually had 4 backups of these files... so I didn't have to scour through files to see what I needed to keep versus what I wanted to keep. All-in-all, I was able to reduce my storage space down to 3GB's. Jason and I are both very happy... but Pam - gurl, you have issues!


So, for our part in Fatherhood Friday's, I'll be posting pictures that children may have wished their dads would have deleted, and I'm looking for your comments/captions. Why? Because I said so, [I can't wait to say that... I've been practicing], and you can be crowned the week's winner for best caption. What do you get? Praise. Laughs. A virtual pat on your back. Oh... and a web badge that you can proudly display on your blog :)

Here we go:


17 comments:

Cris said...

Aww that's sad losing all those photos :( I would have cried too. and... Yay! Matías is in, lol. Thank you!

(F)redddy said...

OH how many near misses have I had with the back up issues. I back up WEEKLY now! I love the pic. My favorite picture of my oldest son was from the first time he had pink eye and it looked like a slug shit in his eyes.

Bella Daddy said...

OK, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not something I would care to have in print LOL... OK OK "SHIT EATING GRIN" comes to mind...and this I can say, with the utmost in respect for the kid...yeah yeah, we had one of "those" moments...thankfully, it was only once!

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

very cute pic!!! and I love the comment that Bella Daddy left that was kind of my first thought ....but since they used it I would say...."No, dad I didn't eat any chocolate!!"

WeaselMomma said...

What a great pic!

Andrew's Daddies said...

Yikes, with the litter box behind this cutie, you can only come up with one conclusion and just hope near his little feet out of visual range is an empty chocolate wrapper.....

"Nope, kitty is not in there"

Steven (Green Dads) said...

I really hope that's chocolate!

Joeprah said...

Now, do you have a cat? That is the first question I suppose. LOL! What a cute kid. Glad you found those backups, phew!

Isabella said...

Really...I wanted to come up with a great caption for that photo, but I've been beaten to it by the previous comments. :)

So, with all the backups you had, does that mean you still have the photos? I sure hope so. I would have cried if I did the same thing.

ShankRabbit said...

As the main IT guy in our household, I try to make sure that all photos are backed up in triplicate. Once on the server, once on the removable drive, and one burned to DVD.

I do this for one reason: Hell hath no fury then the scorn of a woman who has lost her photos.

Hrm... Caption (very cute pic, btw)

"I cleaned the little box for you!"

PJ Mullen said...

That is an adorable pic. I can relate in some way to what you went thru. I had my laptop stolen last July when my son was about three and a half months old. Someone broke into my house stole my plasma, my credit cards and my laptop and the only thing I was upset about was that I'd lost a good chunk of his pictures.

john said...

so i read your post and am totally lost. I am computer illerate so i have no idea what you are talking about.

second, what is this dadsblog that you are talking about? Ill have to investagate. I am learning so much from you guys out here in computer world.

third, kensington got old real quick?...lol. Not sure who the kid is, but cute cute cute.

fourth:

"daddy daddy I have poo poo in my diaper"

or a less graphic saying

"daddy daddy I am telling the truth, I didnt eat the chocalet!"

ciara said...

how sad you lost those photos :( this is why i'm always afraid to get rid of photos both hard copied on on computer. paranoia?

i was going to use the caption "I thought it was chocolate" but everyone has been using chocolate lol

KWG said...

I have over 120 GB's of music and photos on my laptop. I back it up to an external hard drive and I use Mozy.com. Highly recommend it.

What an adorable picture! Here's a caption for you:

"I had fun in the kitty sandbox, Daddy!"

Cris said...

Hey, I was here early this morning when there was no post at all so I felt embarrassed that the only caption I could come up with was: Oh yeah! I'm dirty (winks).
Have a terrific weekend, Cris

peteej said...

I lost a few photos from the early days, but not too much. I'm now on brand new hardware, so I hope I won't to lose anything else. That and backups are key.

If that kid was at my house, he would say, "I ate cat poo just like the dog!"

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