Unexpectedly Intriguing!
May 7, 2008

US Army Survival Manual Figure 16-1: Rescue in Water Something bad happened on the way to our planned release of our newest tool this morning, a pretty neat application that would allow you to design a brand new version of the U.S. personal income tax code. The USB flash drive upon which we stored it went belly up, which we've confirmed as multiple personal computers have failed to be able to detect the drive. In effect, we've lost all the data that is stored on the flash drive.

Worse, as we just created it yesterday, there is no backup copy of the tool, so we're effectively dead in the water. Even worse, we had a number of other projects in early stages of completion for which also did not have any backup copies of our work and data.

The good news is that in our modern economy, there are firms that specialize in recovering data from errant flash drives. We've already shipped our drive to a company called eProvided.com in Colorado, who does just that. In the worse case, we can pretty easily re-create our lost data and tools.

Although that brings up a question. Should we go to the trouble of rebuilding that tool that we were going to post today from scratch? Or should we wait and see if eProvided.com can recover it within the next five to seven business days?

What would you do?

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