Where I’ve Been… - Posted by JPiper
Posted by JPiper on February 06, 2001 at 18:04:07:
I?ve come to rely on my computer. I mean EVERYTHING is on this rotten hunk of metal?accounting, MLS access, address book, files, contracts, email, etc etc etc?and of course, this newsgroup.
Last Monday (a week ago), my computer crashed. Still not sure what the problem was?but I couldn?t boot up. Kind of a problem EXCEPT, I had things that were important to me backed-up!!! OK, so I did it fearing the worst out of Y2K, and then continued to do it. I backed up my accounting records, my more important files, my contracts, and I thought my address book.
One problem?.no computer, your back-up system is worthless. So last Tuesday I was on the phone?I bought another computer. This arrived by UPS on Friday?which is when I found out just how good my back-up was. Not too bad really?.my accounting records saved as of my last back-up?Jan 2, so I only lost a month. A month sounds pretty good until you write as many checks as I do?.but you can survive a month. That was a BIG concern.
I collect my notes with NoteSmith?.I backed that up too. Lost one month there?but recovered it?but now I can?t seem to back up my new records. Something new to figure out that makes no sense to me.
Files, contracts, etc?all intact?better than I expected?.EXCEPT that address book (Outlook). All my phone numbers, email addresses, etc gone. For some reason my backup in that system did not work. Hard to say how important this one was?I mean I can?t remember the phone number of my trash guy, or his name?and believe me, that?s a tragedy. This will be irreplaceable?can?t believe this didn?t back up correctly?.but if something didn?t work I?m glad it was this rather than my accounting.
On my new computer I can back-up with CD rather than the Zip Drive I was using. I like that. And I intend to back my computer up more effectively in the future than I have?.but thank God I did what I did. It?s amazing how important this critter has become.
Anyway, that explains my recent absence from the newsgroup for those of you that inquired. Glad to be back. If I have not responded to your email, send it again…it’s probably been lost in the shuffle.
And don?t forget your backup system!