Since I bought my first notebook I have tried to make regular backups.
Most of the software I develop eventually goes on a CVS/SVN server so I wouldn’t probably really lose anything, but still, saving emails, many PDF’s I stored in the years and so on would be nice.
For this reason, about once a month, I run a backup script and copy the generated tbz2 on an external drive.
A few months ago, for some strange reason, my mac didn’t start properly and when I restarted the Stickies were gone.
After only 3 months, I eventually dedicated the needed 10 minutes to restore the last backup that I remember should be before that date and, *MAGIC*, my Stickies are back!
Now I’m happy I did backups! 😀