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I've done a few, but one that sticks in my mind was trying to turn off my computer. I had a console open at a command prompt (I run a linux desktop) and issued the shutdown command. Threw on my coat and went home.
Turns out that I was logged in to my webserver at the time and had shut it down instead of my desktop. IIRC I had to call the datacenter to get it turned back on again.
Tape backups are a "Good Thing" TM
@wheel: moved from US to Europe at one point, plugged in my printer in a 220V outlet hoping for the best since I didn't know for sure whether its voltage was auto-switching...
It went "Poof" and the room filled up with a cloud of white smoke! Oops!
Files comeback from the court and I noticed that id enclosed a confidential police memo giving dates for a drugs raid on said property, in error.
Lost a lot sleep on that one, thought I was about to be fired as a result, however the raid went ahead and drugs were found.
Luckly for me the defendants hadnt taken the time to read through the court papers and statements, about 50 pages long.
How all of you will be familuar with a linux system. it has a folder structure a lot like a Windows OS. On Windoows you have c\program files\microsoft office and so on.. on linux you have something line var/lib/.. and so on..
I wanted to remove one file...
In Linux the remove comand can be done using RM [path to file] return..
I typed rm usr/local went to put the next slash and hit return. This was a live server and I was controling it from my laptop using putty. As soon as I had done it I just closed my laptop and sat in silence for abut 10 mins.
My second "bad thing" was fairly recently. I lost a disk and got it replaced and windows re-installed etc. Most of my stuff was backed up so I was ok. I did however have one live sie that was fairly new and I had no backup. It was on my hosts server so I thought, no problem, just download and I will have an up to date copy.
Fired up my ftp client, went to site right clicked public_html and intended to click download, turns out I presed delete all gone, live site and no bacckup, thankfuly I was able to get the data recovered from the "fried" disk thanks to some recovery software.
I now have solid backups in place for everything!
I'm now running recoverdisk /dev/geom/mirror/gm0s1f to make a working copy of the partition that used to store my inbox. Hopefully, I can still find some of its contents.
My lovely gf 1,000 miles away insisted today that I'd try to reinstall my webcam, known for its crappy drivers. Thunderbird was minimized and connected to a SMB share on the FreeBSD fileserver.
At some point in the process of installing/reinstalling, struggling with 100% CPU loads and a few BSOD's, my inbox got emptied... Lesson learned: close all programs when installing new software!
As of tomorrow, we'll have the incremental backups I was supposed to set up 12 months ago.
Her comment as I explained what had happened: "at least I was able to see you for a few minutes!" Hmmm.
Having read all the other stories, I guess it's only fair that I share one on myself...
Once upon a time I ran a small email newsletter. I switched the software we were using, and they guy who set it up did it as an email *group* instead of the newsletter format I'd had before. You can probably guess what happened...one person replied to one of my mailings and her message went to everybody on the list. The attitude of the list members degenerated rapidly, as they all seemed to assume that their email addresses were made public by default whether they participated in the discussion or not. Amazingly, I believe I retained about 75% of the list through that fiasco.
The call centre gradually slowed down and finally came to a complete halt.
If I had left the batch job running the priority setting would have left it ticking over without anybody noticing until the on-line day started to wind down.
All I was doing was using Pine to connect to an Imap server, or something like that (I don't recall exactly). But each time, Pine's activity indicator would start swirling, then slow to a halt, and a few minutes later I found that the machine had been rebooted.
And then there was the time when I accidentally dragged an entire network directory into the Recycle Bin, and it locked everything up for hours. That was Windows 95 for ya.
Accidental db table dropping is always upsetting
So is sending affectionate greetings to your stuffy old boss, because you got your IM windows confused. xoxo <3 <3
First thing today I went to the hardware store and bought replacement fittings. Once I had taken the old fittings apart I then realised that the problem was simply that the screw securing the waste flange (the bit in the sink) to the waste body (the bit underneath) had sheared.
With a bit of forethought I could have fixed it for a tenth of the price, or less if I had a suitable screw in the toolbox, and not had my hands covered with rancid grease from the trap in the process.
I was lucky I noticed before swallowing - since my mouth was burning like fire.
Then I decided to get up, showered and wanted to shave. I took the shaving gel and applied it equally on my face. The smell of pepermint, and the burning sensation on my skin let me take another look at the bottle. Congratulations to GlaxoSmithKline for the bottle design of the new ODOL Med 3 Whitening Active Gel Foam tooth paste. And yes it works for shaving, too. If you could get rid of the burn it would be a great dual use product.
I think I will stay at home for another one or two days - before I blow up any computers or use toner in the office coffee machine.
Problem was the boot files and partitions were somehow now...gone.
After two weeks of thinking about turning to alcoholism, I managed to retrieve 99% of what I wanted. 2 external hard drives later the same mistake won't happen :-)