January 2013 in the Life of Ben (Blog)

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  12. December

22nd Scalextric Club (29th January 2013)

Touring Cars at the London Scalextric Club.

We used 5 of the 6 lanes to have complete marshalling. Each race is 3 minutes long.

Brown Lane

Fastest Lap 10.16s
Laps: 16.95
Position: Not sure
Crashes Not sure

White Lane

Definitely drove better than the 4th place driver.

Fastest Lap 9.95s
Laps: 17.85
Position: 3rd
Crashes Not sure

Blue Lane

Fastest Lap 10.06s
Laps: 17.35
Position: 4th
Crashes Not sure

Yellow Lane

Got knocked off twice by other drivers!

Fastest Lap Not sure
Laps: 16.60
Position: 5th!
Crashes Not sure

Red Lane

Oh dear, last place again. The car feels nice though, so I still enjoyed the evening.

Fastest Lap 10.05s
Laps: 17.25
Position: 5th
Crashes Not sure

Unknown Lane

[Did not record result.]

21st Scalextric Club (22nd January 2013)

Tonight at the London Scalextric Club we raced Classic Grand Prix cars.

Each race was 2.5 minutes long.

Red Lane

Fastest Lap Not sure
Laps: 14.20
Position: Not sure
Crashes 2 silly ones!

White Lane

I don’t like these cars!

Fastest Lap Not sure
Laps: 13.90
Position: Not sure
Crashes 1 silly crash

Other Lanes

Didn’t record my performance for the rest of the evening. Did I go home at the half-time tea break?

Recovered 15 Years of Data (20th January 2013)

Just after Xmas 2012 every file I had made, every program I installed and every e-mail on this laptop was lost. But there is good news, everybody! It’s just about back to normal, with the only real casuality being my e-mail archives.

December 2012’s business paperwork is mostly lost. The actual work is always saved to a computer or file server owned by the company I am working for that day. Asking colleagues nicely to forward my own paperwork to me should mean I get all the financial records I need. All my current accounts have online banking and my big money graph is intact from November 2012.


All the entries for my e-mails are present but most of the content is garbage. Some of the original text survives between random data and broken formatting, like fragments of pottery in a Time Team trench.

Various to-do lists were in my e-mail, including extensive plans for my GTA2 maps and missions. A lot of ideas are lost along with my blogging plan and product research notes. A lot of GTA bug reports are scribbled in a notepad during games so I still have that.


The GTA stuff I’ve made, including the past versions. All my websites were in a backup from November 2011. I downloaded the stuff I remember changing during December 2012 but should do a full comparison between local and live.

15 Years Saved

So all in all, relatively unscathed. It has taken 3 solid weeks of painstaking work to retrieve almost all the work, hobbies and memories. Well worth it. Ended up doing a lot more of it myself than using tech support professionals.