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Lesson Learned: Lightning and Computers Don't Mix

Apr 4, 2007 | By Steven Burns, FAIA | 1 Comment

Topics: Behind the Scenes, Apple

So, I'm sitting in bed, Monday night, TV on (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno), computer on my lap - working away (please no comments), and I notice that a thunderstorm has rolled in. I don't think much of it, since I really don't pay attention to the weather. Next thing I know, there's a brief brown-out on my computer. It didn't register with me at the time that there shouldn't be a brown-out. It has a battery - and I was plugged in. So if the power went down - the battery would have provided the power. But, I don't think anything of it.

However, I now notice that my computer is moving very, very slowly. So I give it a restart. Won't start up. I try every trick in the book (and I know a lot of tricks). However, it still won't start. So I pop in my Disk Utility CD. Nothing. I can't even eject it and try another Utility. Tuesday morning, I drive to the Apple Store. After 15 minutes of trying all his tricks, the Genius informs me that my Logic Board is fried. Great! So I purchase a MacBook Pro 15" and ask them to transfer the data from my hard drive to the new machine. "We'll call you when it's done," says Bob, the Genius.

About 2 hours later, I get a call. My hard disk is fried too. No recovery available - unless I spend over a thousand dollars with a specialty shop. Not worth it. My last backup was about a week ago. I'll just take this as a lesson learned. You can too. Want more info, try these:

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Steven Burns, FAIA

Steven Burns, FAIA, spent 14 years managing his firm Burns + Beyerl Architects. After creating ArchiOffice®, the smart office and project management solution for architectural firms, Steve brought his management expertise to BQE Software, where he is perfecting the business strategy and product development.

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