You have backups, right?

These days there's really no good excuse for not having a backup of your most important files if not your entire hard drive. There are solutions like iCloud and Time Machine for Mac users and... well, I'm not really sure what there is for Windows but I know there's a lot. No one thinks a computer disaster is going to happen to them and then one day your MacBook Air doesn't boot up like mine did this afternoon.

The bad news is that the entire source code for was on that computer. The good news is that I have a physical backup of that entire computer not to mention the fact that our source is hosted in Git repositories on multiple servers. So we'd have to be pretty lucky for all of our backups to fail at once.

What this means for users is that we have to delay the launch of the new Notes API that was in the works a few days.

Luckily there won't be any data that can't be retrieved and this amounts to mostly an inconvenience and $260 for a new SSD for the busted laptop.

I thought I'd post this as a warning to everyone that backups are critical and though you may not think you need them you most likely will at some point. Better safe than sorry. Hard drive failures are inevitable. All hard drives fail eventually.

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