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Control Frakking S!

I was about 1,500 words into the conclusion of Conversations on Collapse when Microsoft Works crashed. How long had it been since I'd saved? I re-started the program and opened the file. Word count?

548

So do I sit here and try to reconstruct what was lost while I still retain some memory of what I've written or do I get up and go take a walk in the woods and comeback to this later and write something different?

Really, the decision makes itself. My shoulders are sore from typing on this laptop keyboard for most of the afternoon, and my brain is fried.

I took a screenshot of what I had on screen when the program crashed. I've put it behind the cut tag. It reminds me of the image of Sean Connery's character in The Name of the Rose running out of the burning library with an armload of books. It's a tiny piece of what was lost.

[Sigh.]



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nobody123
Mar. 14th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
have you considered switching to linux?
toucansanctuary
Mar. 15th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
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Hey KMO,

I know my MS Word has an autosave feature and you can customize the timer. I usually set my timer to 1 or 2 minutes. That way I never lose more than a paragraph.

If you don't want to change operating systems as reverendgraham suggests, you might look into "OpenOffice." That's what I use on my Linux box but I'm pretty sure they have a windows version as well. It's very much like using MS word but it's open source.

So If I were you, I'd first check to see if MS Works has the autosave. If not, then you might want to look into OpenOffice. A quick google will find it for you.

TS
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