Losing Memories

Okay so I was supposed to post my five faves yesterday. And they were all going to be about technology. Now, after my day yesterday, technology and I are fighting.

I’ll start at the beginning. My computer has been acting a little off for a while, and it definitely needed a new battery. So last night I decided that I was going to take it to the Geek Squad to get it fixed. I had a moment of panic that all my pictures and videos would get erased, so I decided to pull out an old external hard drive and I was going to place all the pictures and videos on the hard drive.

I started the computer, plugged in the hard drive, and that’s where things went wrong. An error message popped up every ten seconds, the trash can emptied itself, and I lost everything.

Everything.

All pictures, all videos…iPhoto itself. Gone. Births, birthdays, first words, first steps, silly faces, vacations…gone.

I spent the afternoon with my super patient kids in Best Buy crying to the Geek Squad guy whose name tag read “Gladiator,” trying every possible thing he and the other squad members could think of.

Finally, they concluded that it needed to be sent to a data recovery center. Maybe they could find them somewhere in the ether. They say it will take maybe…4 months.

*choke*

I’m a picture girl. I am the one who actually goes through all 8,000 (yes, seriously) pictures regularly. Not all at once, but I do really look through them quite often.

I wrote a post about taking pictures (you can read it here) a while ago. I talked about how much I need to be more in the moment and just enjoy the moment without worrying about capturing the moment so much. It looks like I maybe need to be paying attention to that for myself a little bit more!

In the new book that I’m reading (check out my first post about it here), the author, Courtney Joseph, talks about technology and keeping the use of technology in check. I have taken it to heart. Today’s five faves were going to be the five technological things I have found to be useful, educational, or beneficial to our lives in some way.

I guess God has other plans. As I pluck these letters out on an iPad, my computer is being shipped to a shop where they will hopefully recover, if not reconstruct, all of my pictures (not sure about videos).

*deep breath*

I am anxious about what this time holds for me. I’m not sure where I will write blogs, since this is proving to be quite tedious on an iPad! I’m also very nervous about waiting for all this time, paying all kinds of money, and not even getting any pictures or videos back…

I realize this all sounds a little petty, but these pictures were so precious to me.

So anyway, I don’t have a five fave post today because I don’t even know how to do much on the iPad. I will figure it out and we will get back to normal shortly.

While I have a little anxiety about this time, I am a little excited to see what my life will be like without a computer to jump on when I am feeling bored. Maybe I will read more? Maybe my blog posts will be more intentional due to the extra work that might be involved? God has a plan in all of this. And after all, it is just possessions.

Thanks for bearing with me in this weird little transition I will have with the techy side of this, in which I am OBVIOUSLY severely unskilled.

Does anyone blog from an iPad? Have any tips? Ever clicked the wrong button and lost everything on your computer? Help a girl out – leave me a comment!

10 Comments

Michelle

about 5 years ago

I'm so sorry!!!! Do you have a keyboard that goes to your iPad? If not, getting one would make it easier. I did have a computer completely shut down. After getting tech help, I got it working again. Jason Ake may know some people too if the geek squad can't help.

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Hayley Schraufnagel

about 5 years ago

You're so sweet! Thank you so much for the keyboard. It's charging right now!

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Darci

about 5 years ago

I use blogger and use the app on my iphone for a picture-a-day blog, since I use it to take pictures on a regular basis. I also use weebly for our family/ministry blog and occasionally put posts on there using their iphone app as well (again, for the same reason...often pics of ministry events are on my phone). I'm sure it will be an adjustment, but I'm confident you can figure out some basic things to do to continue your blog. And keep snapping pics of those precious little guys!!!

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Hayley Schraufnagel

about 5 years ago

Thanks for the encouragement, Darci! I'm on my way to figuring it out I think! I've been taking more pictures already, so I'm getting back on the horse, I guess! :)

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Lisa Powe

about 5 years ago

Oh Hayley. I am so sorry. Breaks my heart. I pray you with get those pictures and videos recovered. I have my pictures saved to a flash drive. If they ever got lost or stolen is be in the same boat. I blog on my iPhone and it sucks. Wish I could give you tips. I do believe iPads can have a key board. Check the apple store.

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Hayley Schraufnagel

about 5 years ago

I'll let you know what the Geek Squad says about the best way to store pictures when I get my stuff back, Lisa...then we can both keep our pictures safer than we do! A new friend just gave me a keyboard so hopefully it'll feel a little more normal soon!

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Julie

about 5 years ago

My heart aches for you. This must be so upsetting. I am no geek, but I know those pictures are in there somewhere. I am typing on an iPad now. It is harder than a computer, but doable. If you get the separate keyboard test drive it first. Neal ordered me one online and I don't like the way it works. A friend got a case and keyboard that I want to get. I think the brand is something like Khomo. Love you.

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Hayley Schraufnagel

about 5 years ago

Thanks for your empathy, Julie. I always remember your filing system for negatives, so I on wow that you feel the same way I do about pictures. Plus you're such a good photographer. So losing your pictures would be a little more devastating thang blurry ones. :) a new friend gave me a keyboard, so hopefully ill get the hang of it soon! Love you!

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