It's the summer of 2001, and this pilot fish lands a web developer gig at an international bank -- one that's located in the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.

"For a consultant in those days, it was customary to BYOL -- bring your own laptop -- to contract development gigs, despite their bulkiness and weight," says fish.

So as a matter of course, fish goes through the usual steps of setting up his development environment, pulling source code and establishing a workable environment where everything builds properly.

And when the first plane hits the North Tower on 9/11, fish grabs his laptop and heads for the stairs, leaving everything else behind. Fortunately, with more than an hour before the towers begin to collapse, he's one of the thousands who make it out alive.

A few days later, fish gets a call at home. It's his now-former manager on the project for the bank.

The manager's question: Does fish happen to have any of the source code to the bank's applications?

Why, yes, fish replies, I just pulled the whole version-control archive on Monday.

Reports fish, "After a huge sigh of relief, he gasped, 'Thank God! We had backups, but we stored them all in the other building!'

"I suppose his idea of 'offsite backups' changed after that."

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