A cautionary tale with happy ending from South Africa, courtesy of The Daily News. An American professor gets robbed of his laptop at gunpoint, having inexplicably failed to back up years of work on AIDS from his hard drive. He then tearfully relates his story to a journalist in the tiny hope that publicity may awake compassion in his muggers’ hearts.
Bottom line: back up, back up, back up, especially before a trip (and don’t carry the backup with you). Oh, and some muggers have a good side.