Bummed Out - The Computer Ate My Condolence Post
Paso Robles, California
March 11, 2018 1:00am CST
We lost a very dear friend last month in the town where we used to live. Her memorial service was today, and because of health issues, we were unable to attend. It's a seven hour drive round trip and it was also raining. It seemed wiser to stay home, no matter how much we wanted to go. Sally was like family to us. The first friend we made in Newbury Park, and she was always there for us --especially when our son died. One of her sons posted on FB today that there would be a video and he linked to a site I'd never heard of -- Qeepr -- that has online memorials and obituaries. So I went there. There was no video there yet, but there was a place to write memorial comments. I wrote close to 2,000 words, entered my name and email, and was about to click "post" when I noticed the icons at the top. One was to post to Facebook. Like an idiot, I didn't make a backup and instead of clicking "post" I clicked on the FB icon. It wiped out all I'd written and instead presented me with a blank FB interface. The back button didn't help. I put a lot of thought into the tribute and it will be really hard to reconstruct it. I should have known enough to make a backup. I'm not sure I will be able to write it as well the second time. Be careful when you post on strange sites you don't understand. And always make a backup. I'm really bummed out and mad at myself. Have you done anything this dumb lately? Update: Today I did a Windows update. When I rebooted, my post had returned, still in the editing box. I immediately copied it, added a new paragraph I'd thought of while I was still thinking I would have to rewrite it, and I posted. Then I copied my copy and posted it to my friend's son's Facebook page. My bases are covered now. I'm so thankful God gave the post back and saved me all that time rewriting.
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• Paso Robles, California
Thank you. I know it's wise to make a backup, I don't know why I didn't listen to that little voice in my head. But God was good. After I did a Windows update today and rebooted, that page came back up with my unsubmitted text still there. The first thing I did was copy it. Then I added a new paragraph and post.
• Paso Robles, California
Today I had to do a windows update and reboot. Imagine my surprise when the page I entered the post on came back up and I was able to finally post it. By that time I'd thought of an additional paragraph I wanted to add, and so I updated before posting. And I also have it on a saved document. I may print it out and send it with a card to Sally's husband. I am so thankful. I really didn't want to write this again.
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• United States
I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, and that you lost all your hard work. It is incredibly frustrating when that happens. A friend of mine lost a ton of work we were doing on a project together the other day, so it all had to be rewritten. I am guilty of forgetting to save or making backups, too.
• Daytona Beach, Florida
Sorry, you lost that but I am sure what you'll be able to write up another just remembering your dear friend. Sorry for your loss and many blessings. Just to make things easier I always write even things I won't keep on Word and then paste and copy so that if anything goes wrong online I still have that document. Then if I don't need it anymore I just don't save it.