|To Whom It May Concern,
I have a pretty unbelievable story to tell you about my ThinkPad. I work
in marketing for a large corporation on Florida's gulf coast. In the summer,
the weather here can change pretty quickly and tropical storms are always
a threat. Fortunately for me, I work from home, so I don't have to worry
about driving into the office in bad weather.
It was September 16, 2004. I was working on a huge report that my team
and I had been putting together for six months. The news on the radio
wasn't good. Hurricane Ivan was churning up the Gulf of Mexico and heading
this way. My husband was boarding and taping up our windows... but when
the hurricane finally made landfall, it wouldn't be enough to stop the
storm surge. We lost power at 10pm, and soon after, we could see water
coming in under the door... The storm raged for hours and eventually my
home office was flooded with nearly four feet of water. At some point,
my desk tipped over, and my ThinkPad sunk to the floor.
The next day, the water had gone down enough to assess the damage. I
went into my office and found my ThinkPad, sitting upright on the soggy
carpet. It was wet and dirty from the muddy salt water. When I pressed
down on the keyboard it had a crunchy feel. My heart sank. All my work...down
the drain. I figured my computer had drowned, but I shipped the ThinkPad
to my company's help desk anyway.
A few days later, I was working out of our regional office when I got
an e-mail from our help desk - with my report attached! You can't imagine
how shocked and excited I was. Not only had I been saved six months work
-- but all of my other files were recovered too.
Thank you ThinkPad!