I came back from Vegas to find that my hard drive and backup drive had both been erased. That's right, all 400+ gigs AND the backup! No one seems able to explain to me what happened (including the computer support people who happened to be hacking into my computer without my consent via Unix/Terminal at the time). I guess I am now a cautionary tale to backup your backups. Crazy, right?
Luckily, I have multiple backups of my Aperture library, so my life as a photographer is not as devastated as my life as a professor. My research for a current book project, all of my students' grades, and thousands of other things have vanished. Here's hoping a pro- data retrieval service can restore order (and that the University pays for it).
I still have to re-install about a dozen programs, but I plan to get back to blogging this week.