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I read your last version that you handed to me at the MVP summit last year. You know so much, that it is impossible to stuff it in 800 pages. Hopefully I'll be as smart as you one day.
I was working on my daughter's (George's) laptop the other night and made two mistakes. First, I was working on hardware after 8PM--this is a mortal sin as far as I am concerned. Next, I thought her drive had two partitions. It had one. I formatted both partitions. I shouldn't have. Thankfully, I discovered a program “Recover My Files” which after a considerable length of time (over 24 hours) was able to “unformat” the NTFS partitions. I, frankly was very grateful but sorta shocked as I assumed (incorrectly) that dropping a partition, creating a new partition and doing a full format would wipe the data. It does not. Each and every file on the drive was recovered (at least it looks like they were).
(Update: No, the Recover My Files program did not actually recover the data--at least it has not done so at this point. While it does see the files, when saved the files are corrupted.)
Another little issue: IBM (whose service is highly rated by Consumer Reports) sent George a “Used but Serviceable” replacement hard drive. It lasted about 18 hours before it failed. They're sending another. Perhaps it will last long enough to build a backup... This assumes that I won't be so tired that I delete the backup before getting a chance to install it. I wonder what data the replacement drive contains? Hummm, should I peek?
I've made a decision to stop adding new content to my new book “Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server (7th Edition)”. I finally came to the realization that I can't keep up with Microsoft and their constant churn. No, this does not mean I won't be publishing the book--hardly. It means that I'm going to trim back to 800 or so pages and publish the new stuff as EBook. This more closely follows the pattern used by Microsoft. That is, ship a product and then ship updates for the next couple of years (before it's made obsolete). ;)
To this end, the book's manuscript is now in the hands of the editors and reviewers. I hope to get it on the shelves this summer. The new support web site is up www.hitchhikerguides.net but not really ready for comments quite yet. Don't be surprised if the colors and layout change from minute to minute--I'm still tuning.
Let me end on this final note. This book would have been a lot harder without the help of Peter Blackburn. While he did not write a lot of content this time, he has been there during the entire process (over two years) keeping me on track, keeping my systems functional and keeping my eye on the ball when it comes to security issues. Thanks bud.