So my faithful computer crashed and died on Monday. Hard drive gave up the ghost, and after five years, I can't complain. Tech got what he could off the old box and I got a new one.
Most important stuff I had backed up. But there are always things you don't think about, and sure enough, those go away. (I had back-ups of my address book, and prefs for my browsers, for instance, but port them to the new system, which is no longer Tiger but now Leopard ate those right up. I should have made a text list so I could manually re-key them, and actually I have a couple of those, but they aren't up to date ...)
Still, I got most of what I really need -- book manuscripts and pictures, and I should be able to cobble together the rest eventually ..