Thus endith my first blog contest. And a very cool ride it was.
My good friends at Clickfree, a Canadian backup technology company, agreed to provide the prizes (Clickfree Transformer SE) for a blog contest challenging folks to provide there best (or worst I guess) backup horror story.
I’ve received some rather good entries. Check out the comments in the original post for the entire list, but here’s a couple of excerpts to give you the idea:
In a multi-developer game development environment:
We updated our local SVN repos and tried to work with the new changes that we were all making (plus unknowingly the changes this other guy made)… only the game ended up crashing. It worked fine before this latest update and no one was supposed to have made any changes that would cause this problem, and yet, here it was, the game was crashing. Franticly we looked at all the changes “we” had made for the problem (remember we did not know this guy had checked anything in) and arguements rose over who was at fault of this issue (oddly no one fingered the particular programmer in question since we didn’t know he had committed anything, plus it was 4am and no one was thinking straight).
Stolen Grad-student Thesis data:
I got a frantic call from a grad student once, saying that someone had broken in and stolen his computer with all his thesis data and his 3/4 finished draft thesis — two years of data collection research and writing gone!
In the next week or so I’ll be reviewing the entries and notifying the winners. And yes, there will be a blog post about it. Stay tuned!