So tonight I was just piddling along, on schedule to get to bed by midnight -- not impressive, but earlier than recent nights. I decided to download a more full-featured Mac client for Live Journal, updated my picture, and after testing things out, I was happy to shut down.
Except that my finder file got corrupted somehow.
Techtool Pro couldn't fix it; the install disk wasn't successful on a simple re-install of the finder (*just* finder isn't even an option -- I went for *just* the OS, but that does leave out a bunch); by then the poor thing couldn't boot from the harddrive. I ended up restoring the system (with the nifty option that copies the entire drive into a new folder called "Original Items") and then digging through said folder to set everything back to rights, as regards installed applications and preferences and data and desktop appearance, etc.
Mind you, I could have powered the thing down and done everything tomorrow evening after getting a good night's rest and a busy day's work accomplished. But that's where the dependence comes in. I don't seriously believe I could have slept tonight, before knowing that my email and checkbook and Flar's music files are all safe.
And then I composed a huge note about the evening's activities on a Very Large Sticky Note, to attract the attention of the afore-mentioned Music Addict, who is set on filling up his new I-Pod.
Who, me? Paranoid?
Maybe I can sleep now.
Oh, and I like Phoenix. The impetus for downloading it? I found out that even those of us with free accounts can choose between three pictures for journal postings.