(Yes, I know I'm supposed to be on a plane to Nepal... )
So I'm just finishing off some work late last night, and it's time to power down the computer and unwind in front of the TV for a while. I've been working late quite a bit lately, to fit in everything that needs to be done before I go away.
Putting the office to bed has become more complicated over the past year or two because of the rapid growth of my, erm, 'system'. Nine external hard drives, two Macs, monitor, powered speakers, scanner... you get the idea. Many of these bits and pieces have external power sources which stay warm to the touch even when the device they're powering is switched off... so I decided a while back to always switch off at the wall socket when I'd finished for the day. Cuts the electricity bill, conserves energy a bit and saves a few more kilos of CO2 from being pumped into the atmosphere. Simple.
Trouble is, last night I went onto autopilot. Must be because I'm tired from too many late nights. Normally I wait until the power light on my Mac has gone out before switching off at the wall. Last night I didn't. And I didn't give it another thought until two minutes later, when I realised I'd forgotten something and tried to boot it back up.
Well, not quite nothing. The sound of the drive unparking itself and a glowing power light... but no startup 'bong', no video, no drive contentedly chugging away...
Long story short*: it's going back to my friendly Mac repairer today so it'll be fixed when I come back from Nepal. And I'm kicking myself for a forgetful couple of seconds that'll likely land me with a hefty repair bill. At least all my important data is stored - and duplicated - on external drives. And I have a backup Mac that I can use in the meantime. But it's a right, royal pain.
Will I still switch everything off at the wall? Probably. But I'll be sure to wait until that light's gone off from now on...
* in case any Mac experts are reading, I tried most of the known 'fixes'. The trouble is it won't boot in any mode, so I can't even use it as a target drive and back up to another machine before a reinstall. And I do, in fact, have a recent clone of the entire drive that I could use to restore it... if I could only get the //expletive deleted// thing to start up. //Sigh//.