In late 2003 Phil was
looking for an old Mac to do some hacking on. He found
an old and battered thing on eBay and bought it. When he
switched it on, he noticed that many of the software
programs were licensed to one Douglas Adams, which did
not impress him much; "I had seen warez copies of
Claris software where the registered user was Douglas
Adams", and so he thought nothing more of it.
But on further
examination of the drive, Phil found two programs
licensed to one Jane Belson. He didn't know then that
Jane was Douglas' wife, so when he found the root
directory containing hundreds of MacWrite documents, he
deleted the lot. The one day he learned who Jane was,
and he realised he head made a pwetty dandy mistake.
But this story has a
happy ending. Phil managed to recreate the deleted
files, and is now sitting on two files of unpublished
writing by Douglas; "The Idiots Guide to using
Mac" and a draft of a TV series called "Brief
Re-encounter". Lucky, lucky sod.
Read the story in Phils
own words here.