“But what I find incomprehensible, even bizarre, is how it is even possible to consider patenting a gene. It has nothing to do with patenting life as a genetically engineered bacteria for breaking down crude oil has been patented. But a gene is not an invention as laid down in the requirements.”
Apple’s upcoming operating system promises to solve many long-standing problems for every-day Macintosh users, most notably introducing pre-emptive multi-tasking, and procted memory spaces…
But what do you think of the name MacOS X? When you see it, how does it sound in your head?
Hardware sucks! As you may know, I had a drive die on November 12th. What you probably don’t know is that my server’s drive kicked the bit bucket a couple of weeks later. It had been my backup drive, but (stupidly) I hadn’t backed up the backup…
Among the things I lost was the database containing my first weblog, J-Space.
I sulked for a week or so, telling myself that it was OK. It was all in the past, and who would be searching for it anyway, so why bother… Then I got an email from an aquaintance who knew me in a past life – my life as a rock-star. He wanted to know what had happened to my site, and why he couldn’t get to it anymore. Whoops!
I sent a conciliatory reply, saying that the site was gone, and that there wasn’t much I could do about it. I thought it was over… I was starting over, that is.
Then a couple of days later, while doing a search for some totally unrelated information using Google, I had an epiphany – maybe my whole site is still cached on Google’s servers! Sure enough, doing an advanced search for the word Jacob on the domain jspace.org, I found all of my copy! Google saved my ass!
I downloaded all of the content to my new drive as insurance against Google’s cache expiring. It’s all there – except the pictures, which I’ll have to re-scan to replace the missing ones… But the text – the stuff that’s most difficult to recreate – is saved!
Thank you, Google!
Ok, now all I have to do is to re-assimilate the content so I can put the site up again. (This may take a little time, and I have so little these days!)
My story of the recovery of J-Space is the opposite of a story I hear all too often: “But all of my data was on your server – what do you mean there’s no way to get it back?!?!?!?”
(P.S. I backed up the backup this time!)
(P.P.S. Apparently I’m not the only one to have done this.)