The Cat Ate My Homework
By templedf on Aug 01, 2006
Such are the dangers of working from home! I was just trying to remove a file from CVS, when my cat intervened. I had typed "cvs remove -f ", but before I could type the file name, she stepped on the return key, causing CVS to delete every file in the directory which contained the work I'd been doing for the last week. Through some lucky coincidences, I managed to recover most of it. In the end I only lost the work I did on Friday, but by all rights, she should have wiped out everything.
As an aside, the reason I'm working from home is a similarly depressing story. Recently, Workspace Resources decided that the best way to accomodate the influx of people at the Menlo Park campus caused by the recent campus consolidations would be to do a "restack." The idea of a restack was originated in 1865 by Lewis Carroll. It essentially means that everyone yells "fresh cup!" and moves one office to the left. The apparent objective is to group together employees with related jobs. Well, during my restack from building 18 to building 17, they lost my office. They didn't lose my office contents; those were sitting safe and sound in their boxes in a hallway in building 17. They lost my office. I'm not sure how that works, but the net result is that I've been working from home for about a month now. (Aside from the cat, I'm not complaining!) It looks like I may finally get a new office in the next week or two. I'm not holding my breath, though.