Allison M.

A crossdresser's thoughts on life, fashion, fabulousness, and (oh yeah) dressing up

On sights and sounds (almost) lost

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Allow me to begin this post by thanking Heavens for the tech geeks of the world; they are truly the unsung heroes of the 21st century.  I say this from experience: Earlier this year, a USB flash media drive on which I kept lots (and lots) of music cracked and suddenly became unreadable.  Of course, Ms. Not-So-Technologically-Skillful Me hadn’t backed up any of those music files, meaning I freaked out that when that drive went ka-plooey.  Luckily, I live just one block away from a computer repair establishment, one that has earned a good reputation here in Madison; so, I took the damaged drive and a new drive to the shop and asked if they could transfer the music from the old drive to the new one.  Though the work sent be back $100 or so, it was well worth it, for they recovered virtually all of the files.

Needless to say, I was overjoyed and impressed by the work the repair shop did on my flash drive, so much so that I hope to get around to having them “rescue” photos from a bad CD that I have.  You know, perhaps I should have worried less about all that music from that bad flash drive and more about all those yet-to-be-rescued photos from that bad CD.  See, I’m a little bit of a shutterbug and I tend to take a lot of pictures (not just photos of me dressed up, either).  I think a reason that I take so much pics is that as I get older and reach the twilight of my life, my mind will begin to forget my life experiences and their significance.  I think all those pics will one day help me to remember (or to never forget) my friends and family; where I lived, worked, and traveled; and (of course) my fabulousness en femme.  It’s those little details that those photos can trigger that leaves me hanging on to them.

So if you’re like me, take photos.  Take a lot of photos.  And save them.  And back them up to a safe format of your choosing (which is what I’m going to do with my own pics from now on).  And every now and again, take a look at them, and let them be a reminder to yourself of how precious those moments are, how beautiful your loved ones are, and of how beautiful (in more ways than one) you truly are.

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Author: Allison M.

A part of the trans community ("cross-dresser" is the term that applies to me) who finds themselves much more expressive and somewhat more confident when presenting in a feminine persona. An admirer and supporter of those who are fashionable, fabulous, and friendly (LGBT or otherwise). Someone who tries to be witty and unique, but is not even remotely perverted or a pariah (I am a real human being, just like you). Using various writing styles on this blog to communicate thoughts and feelings concerning my life experiences, fashion sense, and the world at large (and maybe impressing my high school creative writing teacher who deservedly gave me middling grades).

6 thoughts on “On sights and sounds (almost) lost

  1. I worked in a computer shop for 5 years and saw this happen so many times! Not everyone had positive results!

    Even though I know much better, I still don’t back stuff up haha!!

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  2. You may not be able to get the pictures off the damaged CD. Optical media is a fickle thing. Once scratched data in that section may be damaged beyond retrieval. I suggest the 3 back up method. One disc to use and 2 to store away for emergency if needed.

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    • Yeah, I imagine an irretrievable situation is a possibility with this particular CD; it’s strange, however, that it didn’t have a scratch on it (or an easily visible one anyway). Though I’ve haven’t completely ruled out using CD’s, I’ve shied away from using them as an everyday storage media, though as my blog suggests even flash drives aren’t completely perfect. I’ll probably use a combination flash/CD/online backup avenue in the future. Thanks for the advice. 🙂

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  3. I’m actually pretty bad at backing up photos. I should probably do better.

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