Q. "Everyone talks about backing up their
computer - NOT. It seems that I hear more about people
failing to back up than actually backing up. Is this really that
A. People talk about it because they know
its important. They/we read about backup software. We hear
from the IT department in our company about the importance of it. The
problem is that nobody ever really makes a solid case for backing up.
Here is the case:
1. Your computer will likely fail at some time.
There are a million gremlins out there designed to cause you as much
grief as possible. Protecting your data by a simple backup up
can save you countless hours spent trying to reconstruct the last 6
years of your computer life.
2. Your computer is just a simple electro-mechanical
device designed to make life more productive and we take it for
granted. We turn it on and we use it and then we turn it off
and walk away. You have a "hard drive" in that box spinning at
tremendous speed all the time it is turned on. Anything
mechanical is subject to failure. (the failure rate is very
low but it does happen). A simple electrical surge can
instantly destroy some of the circuitry on the drive rendering it
unusable. Not to mention the virus threats.
3. Just think! You have all the photos from last years
holiday sitting on the computer that you meant to deal with "soon".
They are lost and gone forever. They were taken so you could
enjoy the memories. Just tell your wife "oops" sorry.
Can you spell "cranky"?
4. You have carefully inventoried the contents
of your home and put it "safely" on your computer so you can keep it
up to date. "start over".
5. That 40 page proposal you have been working on for that
government contract. Goodbye!
6. You are on vacation / or even at home
and your computer is stolen. Now what. Its bad enough
that some creep now has access to everything on your computer
(unless you used a really good password) but how and where do you
start replacing all those treasures? Do you even use a
I think by now you get the drift of where I
am going. The data is important or you would not have bothered
in the first place.
Q. If its so important why do more people
not actually back up their stuff?
A. Until now it has been a real hassle.
1. Trying to understand the software and the
2. Figuring out what you wanted to backup and protect.
3. Figuring out how many disks, or cds you needed to
actually do the job.
4. Finding the time to do all the above and then
actually doing it.
5. Knowing in your mind that even having done the above
- what will I do to actually recover this stuff if I need it.
6. Where do I store this stuff so it is safe and
7. Suppose my system is stolen while I am in Arizona for
the winter. What then.
8. Oh to heck with it I will just take my chances its too
Q. Can't somebody figure out a way to make this
all idiot proof for the average guy.
A. Yes its finally happened. The folks at
Carbonite decided that in this day and age of online systems there is a
way to make it work.
They have developed a system that
YOU can manage and
run. I mean you! Whoever you are I am confident that YOU
can do it. Backing up is one of the most important things we
should deal with on a computer but I did not bother to write about it
until now because I did not have a solution to offer. I can't
say that any more. For more detailed information about backing
up and just how Carbonite software works just click
www.carbonite.com and give it a try. Its free to
try for 15 days and I know YOU can handle it.
A. Start thinking CLOUD computing! This is where
its really at now. It is now easy comfortable, accessible, and CHEAP. Amazon, Google,
Microsoft. Yep they are all into it and it works. I have
been using dropbox for a while and it is slick and so easy even YOU
can do it. I am now heavy into "Google Drive" and lovin it. Backups
are all managed by the Cloud service and your data is available
anytime anywhere. This is absolutly idiot proof and NO google is
not going to steal all your pictures and publish them for the world.
Give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Just do it - and
do it now!
before its tooooo late
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