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Flyin' Blind

By - December 15, 2006

Like many others I know, I manage my work life through the window of my email. Last night, as I was preparing to head out to FM’s staff holiday party, I managed to delete my entire inbox (it’s complicated, don’t ask how). I had about 25 messages sitting in that box, each of them an action item, a task I needed to execute. And then BLAM, they were gone. It feels like I have some kind of temporal amnesia – all these things I needed to do, sitting forever in my lost inbox.

Of course I’m working with our IT folks to see if we can rebuild it, and going through my sent mail and such to reconstruct my memories, but if you sent me mail in the past week or so and expect a response, well, help me out and resend it. Thanks!


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4 thoughts on “Flyin' Blind

  1. Erik says:

    Ouch, bummer. Good luck on the recovery efforts.

  2. For OUTLOOK uses do the following

    open the DELETED ITEMS folder –> Go to TOOLS –> RECOVER DELETED ITEMS (there should be up to 30 days worth of deleted email) –> Select & Restore :-D

  3. Keith Cash says:

    Man, I am so sorry, done it myself a time or two.

    I favorite little pet peeve with outlook, was it used to have a limit of 2GB of data storage, over that it crashed and you tried to recover. You do not want to do that.

    Good Luck

  4. Trogdor says:

    Many people suffer from “inbox paralysis” … the situation of having so much more mail than can get attention, for so long that they give up, and have found the best thing to do is delete their inbox and then contact everyone to say there was a screwup, all mail was deleted accidentally, please forgive, etc.

    Yep, quite a few people have done that. Yep.