“Hello,” says my Palm Vx. “Have we met before? I don’t think so.”
“Oh,” says Avaragado. “Oh dear. It seems I’ve left you off your charger for a bit too long. Never mind, I did sync you regularly, I’ve probably lost almost nothing.”
Thinks some more.
Remembers buying a new PC in July without a serial port.
Remembers not actually getting round to buying that USB/Serial adapter for the sole purpose of backing up his Palm.
Remembers that he bought the new PC partly so he could turn his old PC, after a disk failure, into his new server.
Twigs that the failed disk on the old PC contained the last backup of his Palm.
Glares at the failed disk adorning his bookshelf, nestling under some Star Wars lego.
Hmm. I think/hope I might have an old backup somewhere. But it won’t have that, or that, and probably not that either.
Avaragado’s first law of backups: even if you back up everything, you won’t back up everything.