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24 March 2007 @ 12:06 pm
blackout  
last night was a night of horror for me, not because i'm afraid of the dark - i'm not. i can sit in darkness for hours and be perfectly fine. no, it was much more horrifying than mere darkness.

at about 10pm, i was replying emails when everything around me went black. literally Everything. even all the buildings outside my window, for as far as i can see, miles away. all was black. everything has shut down. it was almost as if an invisible bomb of shadows has gone off.

my ibook went black too.

hang on, my ibook? doesn't it run on a battery? the battery is kept at full charge all the time. why has it shut down then? my ibook has been with me through a few blackouts, and it has always stayed awake throughout in the past.

my brain froze over in panic as the possibility of a power surge sank in. my logic board could have been fried. i had no way to imagine the state of my hard disk. i tried to boot it up, and there was no response.

i looked out the window and it was black everywhere except for the hospital. the street lamps have all gone off. traffic lights were not working anymore. it was miles and miles of darkness. i half expected to see zombies starting to appear on the streets.

doc went out to his lab to check on things and apparently, the entire block was shut down too. he couldn't even get into the building.

i spent the next hour freaking out on the phone to val. i've not backed up my data for about 6 months! all my work, my pictures... everything! possibly all a crisp! i was a wreck.

rang jean and she happened to be at sera's place. sera is a pretty pro mac user, and she advised me to let it rest unplugged for a night and try to reboot in the morning with the plug in. with that, there was nothing more i could do except to turn my mind inside out with worry. sent frantic smses to sean who lived nearby, to see if his place was affected as well. his area was fine, and he offered to take me to the service centre first thing in the morning. he was very calm and logical, and i was pacified enough to try to get an early night's rest.

this morning, i scrambled out of bed at 8:30am. the air was chilly and a breeze swirled in through my open windows. without bothering to throw on a jumper, i quickly sat down at my desk. after giving my ibook a pat, i plugged the charger in. my heart leapt as the orange 'charging' light came on. "that's a good sign", i said to myself. i then flipped up the screen and pressed the power button.

my heart settled back into its place as a familiar 'click' echoed under my finger. the little engine fired up and my ibook sprang back to life. it seemed to take a little more effort than usual (there was a loud hard disk whirring at the start), but my baby is alright.

i suspect that the battery has been fried though. i'm not sure if i'm going to test it by pulling the plug. i'll see about that when i go back to singapore.

for now, i'm just very, very, very thankful.


 
 
feelin': thankfulthankful
 
 
 
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 24th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
send in for servicing??

and backup!!!
JVdrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
naw... not servicing it in australia. will maybe send for a checkup when i get back home to singers.
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 24th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
they quite slow wan, zzz.

still have warranty??
JVdrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
nope, two years old. if i remember correctly, it was a one year warranty. have to check when i get home.

aussie labour cost is super high.
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 24th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
oh you didnt get extended warranty??

yeaps they are! thats why their pay is SO high! :)
JVdrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
i don't remember, but i doubt it because i don't remember. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 24th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
errrrrrrr ok. ask apple to check for ya. ;)
JVdrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
yeh, i'm pretty sure it's one year though. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 24th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
ok dokies. next time get apple's stuffs, buy their extended warranty. :)
JVdrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
yes, i probably will. still very much in love with my ibook so it won't be for awhile, hopefully. :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on March 24th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
i hiao for an ibook. might get that when my fujitsu dies on me.
JVdrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
:) :)
.that girl.: chicken or egggirlwhowaits on March 24th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
Not to mention the parts costs are super high too ;)
JV: speckydrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
yeh. :s

besides, at least in singers, there are some discounts here and there to be had. :)
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on March 24th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
i can imagine that~ i will be lost as well. thank goodness, your macky is fine. :D

for me i do fornightly backup as data in my macky is huge.... 5000 photos, tons of songs and videos. i will be angry with myself if i didnt back up my data.

for now, you shd just get DVD/CD to do whatever backup you can.
JVdrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
yeh i usually do half-yearly back-ups. this time, i brought my external hard disk with me and was intending to do a back-up during my holiday in case i take too many pictures. :)

i was kicking myself last night!

will be cranking up the external hard disk today!
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on March 24th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
half yearly too long, try monthly.
JVdrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
i usually wait till i get about 1500 pictures before i back up. takes me about 4-6 months! maybe i'll try bi-monthly... :)
hianhwee, tracy LIMhianhwee on March 24th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
for IT perspective, half yearly is not recommended. bi-monthy is good, quarterly also not bad though. :D

get burning up!
JV: speckydrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
will do! :D thanks babe!
sticker mansilver_crv on March 24th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
heng ahh...
make it a habit of backing up datas nextime!
JVdrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
yeh, really heng ah! :p

will start a bi-monthly or quarterly routine!
.that girl.: calvin hobbesgirlwhowaits on March 24th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
Scary! Reminded me of the blackout we had at the old house months ago, everything went black except the room I was in >_<

JVdrag0nette on March 24th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
wow... that's lucky! :) this was a total shut down. everything in my immediate surroundings went Black. there was a stunned silence as everyone just couldn't believe what just happened. i think it was a good 2 or 3 minutes before anyone reacted and people started talking.
astrorainfallastrorainfall on March 25th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
thank god nothing happened to your lil mac!! i would so die if my ibook got fizzled by some power surge too. my whole life is on this laptop. time for backup, eh? :p
JV: speckydrag0nette on March 25th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)
indeed! i'm glad i brought the external hard disk!