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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Lessons from my computer

My computer is crashing, which is why this post is a bit late this morning. I am learning a lesson with it though, don't trust a computer! I have been lazy and not really backed things up. Pictures and writings that are important but I didn't think would ever not be accessible.

And now i scramble to try and save things because i am pretty sure it is going to come down to reinstalling everything, which will mean losing everything that isn't on a disk somewhere else. I am beyond frustrated and would love to throw the thing out the window, of course that wouldn't really solve anything so I won't. But I might continue to daydream about the act.

My computer is obviously teaching me a lesson though, and I am pretty sure I will be inclined to learn it the first time. I will not be trusting it like I used to, no way. I will be backing up things and I will be doing it regularly.

I think that a love hate relationship with computers is the norm. I don't know of anyone who never has frustrations with them. But they are nearly impossible to avoid, I know there are plenty of people out there who don't use them hardly ever, if ever, but they are the minority I would think.

I don't know what I would do without mine, and I really hope I can save it, and all its information. Wish me luck with that, and remember not to trust too much of your life to a piece of technology.

1 comment:

Lynn Crain said...

I so feel your pain. It seems as if I blow one up about every three years or so.

Some literally blow as when the power box went out and some just stop working.

Since the last one, I was determined to make sure I would never get caught with my pants down again. Now I have two passbooks I put things on. One, I just put my writing. Then I have a 2 terrabyte one that everything gets backed up to as well. I also just copy every couple months the big directories onto the 2TB passbook.

I'm also toying with the idea of some ofsite storage as well. My DH says I've gone from not doing much to being absolutely anal. And I have to agree but after losing everything one and all WIPs the last time, I want to be sure it never happens again.

Good luck with this. I know it's painful but like you said, it's osmething yo'll never let happen again. And make sure you back up everything you might ever need...that' why it took me three times to learn this lesson...the first time, I only backed up what I thought I would need. That time it wasn't enough. Second time, I backed up everything but things I knew were complete and then had to ask my publisher for copies of my own books The third time, it as everything and I haven't had a problem since.

Good luck!


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