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Easy come, easy go ...
by Jeff Hobbs

Jeff Hobbs, February 6, 2008

A lament to my stuff ... I had the unfortunate experience of being broken into the other week. I must say that the police did a good job in coming around, taking statements and fingerprints, but they found the alleged...

A lament to my stuff ... I had the unfortunate experience of being broken into the other week.  I must say that the police did a good job in coming around, taking statements and fingerprints, but they found the alleged getaway vehicle already sans my goodies mere hours later.  Stuff can always be acquired again, but it certainly does leave one with a feeling of being violated.  Also, I had a silly backup method ... anything important was on both my Mac laptop and my mini.  I was only prepared against disk crash ... not someone crashing through my back door and taking off with both at once.  Of course, the grand selection of scotch that walked out the door will take years to replace, but it is more the memories of places acquired that is important.  :(

I suppose I had it lucky in some respects, as friends hearing about this all had similar bad luck stories to share, but several had it happen while at home.  Also, Larry McVoy (@ BitMover) took pity on a poor developer lamenting his laptop and had actually ordered me another within 24 hours of me losing the first.  He understood what it was like for a man to be separated from his MacBook Pro.  Thanks Larry!

Now on to the tedious task of setting everything up again.  It has been an interesting experience so far, as it is a much "cleaner" system than the last.  Look for the silver lining where you can.

P.S. - I now support the waterboarding of petty criminals until they cough up the details of where all our stolen stuff goes.  Ugh.

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Jeff Hobbs is our CTO & VP, Engineering and oversees all ActiveState product development including our cloud solutions. Though he’s responsible for leading and fostering our talented development team, Jeff is a coder at heart! He is passionate about technologies that just work, making the lives of developers easier. His current obsession is making Stackato the best private PaaS platform for developers: using any language, any infrastructure, and leveraging open source - so that applications just deploy and scale in any cloud.

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Dude, I am very sorry to hear that. I sent my iBook in for repairs once and it disappeared off a DHL dock. I feel your pain. Except for the scotch, they were just being mean there.