Sunday, June 26, 2011

Technology Woes

I woke up Saturday morning with a revelation - in order for me to devote my life to making a difference I have to have my house in order. By this I mean my work and home life. If I am constantly one step behind or finishing my projects just in the nick of time how will I ever have the time, energy or focus to perform the research needed to make a difference. I decided it was time. Starting today I am going to work towards getting all those pesky little projects out of the way.

Too bad I had this revelation a day too late. I turned on my desktop computer and performed my usual routine; checking my blog stats, reading emails, feeds and tweets. Then my husband checked his and down loaded a song onto his Ipod. The computer locked up, this wasn’t anything unusual locking up has been a regular occurrence lately. I got it going again and continued about my day. Later when I tried shutting it off it acted weird, but I was able to power it down. Now I can’t get it to boot up. No matter what I try nothing.

Then DH was listening to his Ipod and it went into a disk mode and he couldn’t get back to the start menu. No matter how many times he tried - nothing. Panic began settling in. I never backed up his music onto my laptop or his photos - though I do have most of his photos on disk. If we can’t get the computer going again his email contacts and favorites will be gone as well.

I was able to get his ipod going this morning and will have my IT person at my work look at my computer tomorrow, but a lot of aggravation would have been saved if I would have taken a couple of simple backup precautions while I had the chance.

14 comments:

  1. You might want to get Carbonite - $59 a year and it backs up every day. Very simple. Good luck.

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  2. It looks that you had made a start. keep it up.

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  3. Oh, don't you just hate that? Both my husband and I have iphones and they are both starting to run really slow. I think they are both going to crash and burn soon!

    Then we have a mac computer and it is getting pretty old. We bought it in 2006 and have never had a problem with it but every time I download photos, which is a lot of the time, it slows way down! I think it's time to figure out what's wrong before I lose all my photos!

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  4. Oh and p.s. I'm here from the tea party :)

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  5. Why do we all do this to ourselves - get lax about backing up data until we lose something important? I check Facebook and Twitter multiple times a day but can't remember to save everything once a day? I use dropbox.com when I DO remember, but I really need to make it a DAILY task.

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  6. Thank you for inadvertently reminding me to backup all my stuff because both my phone and laptop have been acting a little wonky lately.

    Dopped by from LBS

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  7. Webb,
    Great idea. I could use one less thing to worry about.

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  8. Molly,
    My SIL suggested I upload my favorite photos to Walgreens. She was so relieved she had done so when my brother's computer crashed. I uploaded my faves to their photo center this weekend.

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  9. The Jammie Girl,
    I've never heard of Dropbox. How much do they charge? Why did you decide to go with them?

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  10. Lauren,
    You had to redo your itunes library three times. You are scaring me.

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  11. Fat Reality,
    Your welcome.

    My company IT manager did get my computer to boot up. He then did a major cleaning and defrag. He asked when I had cleaned it last. It had to have been over a year. He said I should be compressing files & defraging once a month. I guess I have to make time for computer maintenance similar to car maintenance.

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  12. Hi! I'm visiting today for the LBS tea party. I have an external hard drive but I've never understood if it's doing it automatically or if I need to make it do it. It really sucks when you have to learn the hard way! You're reminding me that I really need to get that check out.

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  13. Colleen,
    I think there are quite a few of us who are pretty lost when it comes to taking care of our computer. Sounds like it would make a good post. If anyone knows someone who would like to write a guest post let me know.

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