When I bought my second Mac, a Classic II, it came with the then cutting edge System 7. Unfortunately, that cutting edge cut right through my files-it had a nasty vanishing file problem. One of the files that was lost was part of my qualifier for my dissertation (basically a big pre-dissertation paper), so I was not very happy about that. I had backed up the files to floppies, but they were also apparently affected as well. Luckily I had printed a hard copy. The folks at the campus store got the patch to fix this fairly quickly (this was back in the days before the web) and that solved the problem.
Apparently, history has repeated itself. Apples latest operating system, Snow Leopard, has a nasty bug that supposedly deletes users data. While I did update my 2004 iBook G4 to 10.5, the lukewarm praise for 10.6 motivated me to not be motivated to buy the upgrade.
Since Apple pitches their Mac by comparing them to the problem infested PCs, this sort of problem is both serious and ironic. I’m sure Apple will have a patch out soon for it, but it is the sort of thing that should not happen in the first place. It is, of course, yet another example of why you should always back up your data.
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