Since 1994 or so, I've been saving computer files that I may have needed, but mostly wanted to look at. They were mainly Word documents, and over the years I accumulated about 250 GB worth of stuff backed up. I saved e-mails, countless things I'd written, special lists of things I'd kept, saved games, my mp3/flac collection, and since 2006, had all my digital picture files backed up. To make a long story short, they ended up on a 300GB external hard drive that I figured would last until it outlived its usefulness, in which case, I would just back them up on a regular hard drive. So here I have a few digital pictures, and everything else on this drive, which I presumed would last as long as I needed it. Well, by an accident whose details I will leave out, the entire drive got accidentally overwritten in a manner so easy it makes me realize how fragile binary data is. I don't mean the files got accidentally deleted, for they could be easily recovered, but the entire thing got overwritten. A decade and a half's worth of priceless, irreplaceable things gone with little effort. It was as if I had kept all my papers in a shed and it burnt down. I tried in vain to correct the situation, tried using recovery software. No luck. Everything that I've done digitally in the last 15 years is gone. I sat there, wondering to myself, what I could've done to deserve this. I can't even begin to tell you what was on there. If I live to be 110, I hope I'll look back and not find many things worse than this. Significant sections of my life were on that drive. I tried to find any solace I could in the situation, and then, I remembered... I still have all my slides and negatives, (ALL of which were shot in the digital era) which would take a lot more effort to destroy. I unfortunately never wrote on the typewriter much, and never received many letters, but my analog pictures are still there. And, with all the things I lost, these treasures have become even more important to me. We all love our film for so many reasons, but the romance of having the physical, permanent, natural process is always what did it for me, and now, it's becoming practical too.