Often, people who have grown up with undiagnosed ADD have developed some sort of coping mechanism. Mine was the heavy use of sticky notes and later PDAs to remind myself of everything from doctor appointments to where I know this person from to project ideas and "to do" lists. I call my PDA "my brain" because it holds so much useful (and semi-useful) information I easily lose. PDAs are much neater than posty-notes and less likely to get swept up into the trash or lose its stickiness and disappear from where it was stuck; However, even electronic notekeepers have their downside.
Yesterday, while trying to use my Treo 650 (a "smartphone" that is also a Palm PDA device) I found that it needed a firmware upgrade. Rom flashes are always a dangerous and often complex undertaking, so I was concerned about backing up my data prior to this operation. Alas, I haven't backed up my phone since we moved, and my PC desktop's harddrive was replaced so that the applications aren't readily accessable anymore. No problem, I thought, I'll just download the stuff from Palm's website to my MacBook Pro and go that route. So far, so good.
While I was downloading the manuals, the updater, security updates and all that, I noticed a 'backup program' and clicked on it. Instead of the usual download package to my laptop that would be sent to my Treo on the next HotSync, this program was sent directly to my phone. Kinda cool. This distraction was my downfall -- the backup program needed the updated firmware, which wasn't yet on the smartphone. *CRASH*
After trying the 'soft reset' and the 'warm reset' without success, I was left with no choice but to hard reset my device, thus losing all my data.
The very thing I was trying to avoid. Yay, stupid ADD brain temporarily destroys my silicon brain! And there's not much I can do about it, as any prior backups I may have on my 'archive' hard drive are well over a year old, if I can access them at all.
The good news is that I didn't 'brick' my phone, just lost ALL data. In fact, after recovering from the emotional devistation, I was able to upgrade the firmware successfully. Now I just have to replace the missing applications (whaa, no lemmings!) and collect people's addresses and phone numbers again. Oye.
So if I seem a little braindead, now you know why. *SIGH*