My hard drive at work died while I was on travel, and the backups I’ve been doing so meticulously don’t seem to exist any more.
Losing your hard drive is either a disaster or an opportunity. On the one hand, it’s a pain to reassemble all the tools I need (all right, want). Need to edit a file? On a remote system? Darn, first let me download Filezilla. Got the file, but I need my editor. Wait, I’ve got to set up CVS again. Four hours later I’ve forgotten what I started out to do.
On the other hand, the next time someone asks me for all the details on the arcane licensing models for Tornado and VxWorks, I can say, “Sorry, lost all that with my hard drive”. That’ll be nice.