I May Scream

Filed under:It's My Life — posted by Anwyn on October 23, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

I’m behind on my editing. I’ve finished the red-pen work on the hard copy, but after that I have to do notes and bibliography electronically, in Word documents. I’ve been working feverishly on the notes, working in the morning and thus taking time away from my son (I usually work after he’s in bed, but I procrastinated), and I got it done today. I’d been using Ctrl-S all along, saving every few pages. I hit Ctrl-S one last time and closed the document. Then I had a cold chill. The document was an attachment from my boss, and I realized I hadn’t saved it as a separate document but was making changes right there in the attachment. Well, no big, Ctrl-S Saves, right? No, unlike Jesus, Ctrl-S does not Save no matter what. There is no copy of the document anywhere that I can find. It did not save in the attachment. When I open the attachment document, it is manifestly the original document with none of my changes on it.

Any of you savvier-than-I tech folks have any idea if the computer is hiding something from me or if all my changes are gone forever? I did Windows’ search function already. No joy.

I am so upset. Five hours’ work down the drain.

Update: Nevermind. I’ve got the green light from the boss to take the extra time to do it over and Daddyman (The Bean’s dad and resident tech around here) says Outlook Express doesn’t keep temp stuff around like Outlook proper sometimes does. Oh well. Next time, Gadget.

Update x2: SAVED! Daddyman manipulated that handy bug known as Norton GoBack and got the document back in its next-to-last iteration–meaning I have only about one page (out of sixty) to do over again.



  1. Anwyn’s Scream at the Agony of Loss and Separation from her Document

    Comment by docweasel — October 23, 2007 @ 5:50 pm

  2. Thanks for that, Doc, I feel better. Got a happy one now that it’s recovered? : )

    Comment by Anwyn — October 23, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

  3. Anwyn Reunited with the Holy Document of Antioch

    Comment by docweasel — October 23, 2007 @ 10:43 pm

  4. Ouch. I’m happy about the save, but I think my son is now offended. : )

    Comment by Anwyn — October 23, 2007 @ 11:16 pm

  5. ok, I changed it, check it now.

    Comment by docweasel — October 23, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

  6. Hehe. Thanks, dude.

    Comment by Anwyn — October 23, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

  7. I had to dig around a bit to find the file, but all’s well that ends well.

    Comment by Daddyman — October 24, 2007 @ 12:17 am

  8. That’s a really bad feeling. No, worse than that. I’m shocked and happy that you were able to recover the document. That’s not usually how these stories end.

    Even if you have more time, who wants to do it over again?

    I think you need to go dancing without the stars to celebrate!

    Comment by Anne — October 24, 2007 @ 5:25 am

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