Turn back the hands of time
Most PC users have experienced that dreaded moment of silent prayer: “please, please, just let me put things back the way they were, and I promise to never play around beyond my computer skills ever again.” Of course, this prayer is never answered, and before you know it you’re hauling out manuals and disks for a software re-installation or system overhaul.
Someone up there may be listening after all. New software that won a PC Week Award at the recent COMDEX computer show promises to let you “send your PC back in time.” The aptly-named “Go-Back!” lets you “back out” of a multitude of PC problems arising from user error (overwritten or deleted files), system crashes, virus attacks or Y2K glitches, by taking your computer “back” to a time when it worked minutes, hours, or even days previous.
The software promises to be useful for even the most disciplined hacker. For example, suppose you installed new software at 7:20 a.m. It’s now 7:35 a.m., and nothing works, so you try the “uninstall” program. That doesn’t work either, and you discover that two older programs are now dead, too. Or, in a more common scenario, you suddenly discover that you’ve overwritten an originadocument with changes you really don’t want.