Friday, July 06, 2012
They Shoot Computers, Don't They?
Those who've been on Facebook lately know that my laptop crashed again. This time it was not a hardware malfunction but operator. I thought it’d finished with an update and turned it off. Wrong! So the [insert nonsensically I.T. wording here] became corrupted and wouldn't play well with others. Now it's being fixed once again, I can only hope between me and the hardware that it will keep working for another year or more as funds are plenty tight at the Swafford household.
In the meanwhile, I'm having fun writing on my desktop, using XP Windows and fussing about how sloooow the screens are on it. Geez! I'm so spoiled. And I'm doing my best to not think about all the emails I'd saved on the laptop for various reasons and will never see again.
If you're wondering, yes, I'd happened to back up my WIP on a flash-drive moments before it crashed. Though I will mention, I had written a couple pages after the back up and had been too tired to save it again. Drats!
What have I learned from two crashes in two years?
1. If you buy an external hard-drive to automatically back up your info, be careful and don’t let it fall to the floor. They don’t run well after that. What a wimp!
2. You can back up on flash-drives, but you have to do it often. I seriously thought about writing/saving all my WIPs straight to flash-drives and never saving them on the hard-drives of the laptop, but news people! Flash-drives can crash too. Do you just pull out your flash-drive without clicking on the icon in the icon tray? You have to tell your computer you’re about to pull it out or it can scramble the information on the drive. Oh, yeah.
And they're easy to break. Hello! I've broken one. Yes. I know. I have issues. I'm also the one who broke my desk a few months ago. A hundred year-old desk and I broke the leg. Don’t ask. I'm still traumatized by it. Desk and leg and owner are recovering.
3. If you have an email you want to save. PRINT IT OUT. From January through June, I saved all my emails to do with my expenses as I was concentrating on meeting deadlines, and I planned to print them out eventually and record them when I had time. Well guess who is going to have to remember six months of expenses and go on all kinds of accounts to print off info to provide the IRS for my taxes? Oh, I'm so excited.
I also plan to switch most if not all of my email info over to my Gmail account. If anything happens to my computer again (heavens forbid) I'll surely have most if not all my emails as they won't be saved on my hard-drive but on Google's. Let's hope nothing happens to them.
4. There are Clouds you can save information on. Some charge for it and others don't. I will be checking this out.
5. No matter how well planned and protected you are crap happens. So roll with the punches and think of it as housecleaning.
You know thieves, tornadoes and house fires are other crashes you have to prepare for. What do you do to prepare for the worst?
Carla Swafford loves romance novels, action/adventure movies and men, and her books reflect that. Plus she's a rare creature in the Deep South, she loves hockey. Carla's married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Alabama.