I haven't really done much in the way of uni work in the past week, since we have been in the process of moving house (nor had I expected to). Therefore I resolved to head into the office today to see if I could remedy that situation, and used the self-bribe of "it will be good exercise to walk in" as motivation to actually do it. Now, when I woke up and saw the rain (which has long since washed away the beautiful snow we had had) I almost changed my mind and stayed home to do more unpacking, but somehow the lure of exercise outweighed the rain, and off I went.
I left at the same time as lord_kjar
did, and we walked together for the 8 minutes it takes to get from our house to the main road. At that point he walked up to the bus stop with the obvious red shelter to keep passengers dry whilst they wait for a bus and I took the side road (which has pretty much no traffic!) to the bike path to the uni. The plan had been for him to take the bus and for whomever got to their work first to call the other, so we could see how the times compared. However, it turns out that the big, obvious, easy to see, bus stop is NOT the one the bus actually goes to. Instead the bus turns onto the same side road I took just before reaching the bus stop. He saw it do this, so he walked home, got the car, and drove to work instead (the bus runs once an hour, so he knew it wasn't worth just waiting for the next one).
My walk took 50 minutes, and other than being rather wetter than ideal was actually fairly pleasant. Consulting the map I think it would have been slightly faster if I had taken the branch of the bike path that goes over the first bridge over the road the uni is on, rather than waiting for the second bridge, but further experimentation is in order.
Once I had settled into work and done a bit of reading to get my mind into the correct mind-set I decided that it was high time I returned to using that 3D modeling program which is meant to be the corner stone of my work. So I opened the program and opened the project and got an error message that the program couldn't find one of the files it needs. I checked, and sure enough, the file was not in the folder where it belongs. I checked several other possible locations, to no avail. Then I checked the recycle bin, and found it, with a date of deletion listed as 18 October.
This struck me as odd, since there would be no reason for me to have deleted the file, so I checked my log of tasks done and saw that on 18 October I was in Boliden collecting rock samples. All I did with the computer when I was down there was record notes about the samples and file samples into folders. I didn't have any energy left over to do modeling, and certainly didn't go near those folders on the computer. Therefore I am quite certain that I am not the one who deleted those files (it turns out that several of them from that folder got deleted on that day).
I restored the files and mentioned the incident to a colleague across the hall. A third colleague heard me, and told me that she had had a number of vital thesis files deleted while she was in the final stages of thesis writing, and that the problem turned out to be the uni-provided sync program which makes certain that the files on our C drives match the backed up versions on the uni H drive under our log in names. Apparently when that program loses contact with the server it can decide to delete files, since it can't copy them. She solved the problem by uninstalling that program and taking the responsibility to do her own backups.
I, on the other hand, am a lazy creature. I want my computer to back itself up, so I don't have to. I know that "data which exists in only one location does not exist", but I don't want to have to be the one to do the backing up. Therefore I sent a note to the Uni IT guys to explain my problem and then started actually doing some work with my data. An hour or so later one of the IT guys came to my office to say that he checked and my computer is from the batch that has a problem with that program, and that the solution they have found for the problem is to do a complete re-installation of the computer and then do certain upgrades to the program.
Now, I don't like having my computer re-installed any more than the next guy--it takes days to get all the programs I need back in place and to change all the preferences to what I want them to be. However, I don't want the program deleting any more vital files, and I also liked the excuse to go home early and not come in at all in the morning (he doesn't think he will finish doing the complete back up and re-installation before mid day tomorrow) so that I could do more unpacking at home. Therefore I agreed to the plan, took careful notes about the incident and what work I had started and what the next step was, and took a walk home. A much nicer walk, with clear skys and no rain at all. In the process I confirmed that there is, in fact, a small, easy to miss, sign on a stick, with no shelter for passengers, that says that the bus stops just a short way down the side street. Perhaps tomorrow he will try the bus again, or maybe he will just take his bike--it might be faster.
Tonight is Nyckleharpa class, and I haven't practiced anywhere near as much this fortnight than I did last fortnight. Even so I am getting more comfortable playing the tunes I have learned--they start to flow together like music, rather than being disconnected phrases with pauses in between while I try to remember what keys to push next.