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Hard Drive Might Be Salvageable

Got some kinda-good-kinda-bad news about my hard drive today. Good news: they have not exhausted all options for recovering the data. Bad news: the options left are tres expensive. :/

It’s going to be about 740 bucks, all told, to even try to get back any of my data. BUT, if this works, I may get EVERYTHING back, or at least most of it…or part of it.

That’s the risky part. We don’t know how much can be saved, whether the disk will be further damaged by the retrieval attempts, or anything.

But if we don’t try, we definitely won’t get ANYTHING back, and I’ll have to start possibly from an old hard drive (from June 2010). And if that old hard drive doesn’t work anymore, I might have to start ALL over, losing 8 years of creative work. :O Yikes.

For me, there is no real choice here–we have to at least try, and I’m willing to pay the money (even though it hurts my poor poor pocketbook) to get back all that priceless work. So I’m going to let the data recovery company do all they can do, and pray for a good outcome. They know what they’re doing–I have to trust that God is guiding their hands. After all, this whole situation is in His hands anyway. 🙂

Merry After-Christmas!

Since I was very busy celebrating Christmas yesterday, I will take today, the typical “ho-hum-back-to-normal-life” day, to wish you all a very merry After-Christmas.

I have been spending today recovering from the craziness of the holidays–I’ve felt like I’ve been a week behind on everything, shopping, wrapping, cleaning, cooking, the whole lot. This time next week, I should be ready for Christmas. LOL But I still had a fantastic Christmas even without everything wrapped just so or primped just so. It was full of family and friends of all sorts.

Hope you all are doing well and recovering from your own holiday celebrations 😉 May we all keep thinking of each other as “people we want to make happy” rather than “people who need to get out of our way”.

Maintaining Course

With the bulk of my files far away and possibly unrecoverable, I can’t do much on my site, but there isn’t much TO do. But never fear! I’m keeping up with as much as I can, and I plan to keep adding things as necessary.

One of the projects I’ll be working on in the background is reformatting the College Knowledge section of my main site–the text, I have realized, looks a bit imposing on the screen, so I want to break it up a little more to make it look more readable and interesting.

Meanwhile, my daughter sites don’t need a whole lot of updating at the moment–at least, to my eye. Check out my other sites and see if you’d like anything else to be added!

Happy 7th Birthday, WithinMyWorld.org!

Today is seven years to the day since I bought my domain name, my first (and hopefully only, given the current status of my pocketbook). In the winter of 2004, I was in the midst of college finals and desperately wanted to do something for myself, and I had been thinking for months about buying my own domain name at last.

So, on my birthday, December 8th, 2004, in between preparing for the huge whompin’ exam I had that night and eating birthday cake left over from the previous night’s party, I registered withinmyworld.org at GoDaddy for ~$10/year, and bought $4.95/month hosting over at SurpassHosting. Then I began the process of transferring all my files over from my $8.95/month Tripod account. The whole registering/hosting service thing took about 3 or 4 hours to complete; I wisely studied for my exam afterwards, and waited on changing all the files over until after the LOL-final was over.

The first site that I had on the main domain was mainly a portal and small personal-site-ish content, and its only “daughter” site was my Yu-Gi-Oh! site, now defunct. Now, 7 years later, WMW.org has grown, changed, and had many more little ones to gather under its wings. …Hard to imagine how it will have changed in 7 more years!

Happy birthday, WithinMyWorld.org, you sweet old friend. Thanks for containing my blathering all these years. May there be many more blathery years to come!

Thinking of Making a WMW.org Radio

Mostly inspired by the radio at Fenali.net, I’ve been thinking about making my own radio for WithinMyWorld.org, since I love music very much and I have a wide and eclectic taste in music.

Not really sure how to go about it, though. I did find a cool site called Blip.fm, which makes your own Internet radio, so I might try that out in the next couple of days. If that doesn’t work out like I think it should…well, Google and Bing might direct me towards some answers. ^_^

Uh-Oh…Computer Issues

Updates on WithinMyWorld.org and its daughter sites may be a bit sparser than I had hoped, due to an apparent hard drive failure on my poor little Asus laptop. (It has been through a lot in the past few months… :c ) I shut it down within moments of its first “click-click, click-click” noise, and after a couple of system-suggested restarts, it told me to “Select boot device” upon startup. Not sure what that means except hard drive failure.

I am hopeful that at least my data can be recovered–I have a LOT of work and a lot of history on my laptop that cannot be replaced. But I know God has this under control. 🙂

MASSIVE Fanlist Update

Um, yeah. Captivations, my fanlisting collective, has about 14 katrillionzillion new joined fanlistings on it. My EYEEEEEEEEZZZZZ, they are bloodshot from all the CODINGGGGGGGGgggggggggguh.

I’m still not happy with how some of the fanlisting categories are displaying, but as it’s nearly 12:30 AM and I have been awake since 7:50 this morning, I am putting myself into much-needed Sleep Mode. Just thought I’d update again ^_^