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There's nothing more disappointing about using a message board like epicski than having your well-thought out, painstakingly written, and thoroughly edited post get vaporized through no fault of your own. I know, it's happened countless times to me. I try to remember to COPY before sending to prevent this particular sinking feeling.

I don't always remember to do it, but that's because I'm kinda slow. I'm sure you all will learn much faster. :
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With today's outage I did just that, I copied to Word before I hit submit. Sure enough, the site went out at mid-post. Wouldn't you know it, first time in along time I had some real news to share and the site crashes.
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I had my computer crash due to a memory fault a few days ago while I was writing a post. BSOD and everything.

Rebooted, restarted Firefox, told it to resume my session, and BOOM there was my post, still hanging out in the text box ready to finish and submit. I guess it must be writing the session data to disk very often, because I just tried it now by killing the process and it didn't lose anything again. Not a single character.

If epicski eats the post or your internet connection dies in the middle of posting, just click the back button once. For even more protection in this event, I also use a Greasemonkey script to auto save forms.
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Good advice, as always, Garrett. Thanks.

(I wonder how many epicski members know who Bruce Schneier is?)
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BTW, I found that annoying too, especially because it is something that happens during my work as well. You perform an analysis, spend a lot of time, think up an a/p to go on and zap, just before you hit the application "done" button or PF key all is gone.
For this, I took to write my updates using PSPAD or Word or whatever.
Only recently have discovered that Firefox has this little capability of preserving the last update (I.E. doesn't). Don't know about Opera or Safari.
But, writing my updates onto my pc before posting here on Epic has a drawback. More times than I'd wish, once I reread (proofread, grammar etc) it, I decide not to post it...so I have quite a few thread/posts which have never been "born" to Epic, rip'ing in my Pc instead.
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