It's the tragic tale of a hard disk gone bad.
When it comes to important data and devices on which to save it, well it sorta sucks to be me right now. As you may recall, it was little more than a month ago my car was vandalized and one of the items stolen was my MacBook computer. Now the inevitable has happened, the computer which served as a backup to my stolen machine is about to go on life support.
Much like most of you who are reading this, I have become very dependendent on technology to access and maintain the data I create. When those systems go bad or are no longer available for whatever reason, we find ourselves in precarious situations as we attempt to piece together that which we no longer have access to.
Now, I am not a total slave to my machines. In spite of all the data I generate, I actually do a fairly decent job of backing up my files. But I am far from perfect. In spite of how simple it can be to back up files, isn't it funny how most of us are likely to view the process as a chore? It becomes one of those things we push to the farthest recesses of our minds and by the time we've realized a data backup is in order, it sometimes can be too late. One of those "I coulda had a V-8" quickly comes to mind.
Fortunately the web has helped out a great deal. One of the simplest ways of accessing a backup of your data anywhere is through e- mail. Thanks to Google the advent of e-mail accounts with multiple gigabytes of storage has made it possible to store and retrieve individual files with ease. It can be a bit tedious, however. Attaching new files, detaching old ones and anything else in between can get messy and out of control.
Another solution that is infinitely more practical is the now ubiquitous USB flash memory drive. These little stick have become quite indespinsable of late as they continue to increase in capacity while their prices fall lower and lower. The drives are great because they work in any modern computer. But they do have their drawbacks - one primary concern for me is how easily they can be misplaced. Because they are so small and light it's real easy to forget and leave them in a computer you may using at that moment. Also, depending on the brand, the drive can be a little slow - bad news if you're in a hurry to download or backup that huge PowerPoint presentation you just finished.
A not so new solution has begun to emerge as an alternative for the masses. Online backup. I say not so new because online file storage has been around for a few years, but the process of backing up one's data was one that took much action on the part of the user. But now more seamless solutions have arisen which do all of the work in the background - as long as you're connected to the Internet. And these days, who isn't connected to web at some time or another. One such service I was recently introduced to is called myso and can be found at myso.com. Not only does myso do all the heavy lifting quietly in an unobtrusive manner, a basic account (which includes 2GB of free storage) is absolutely free. And for just a few bucks a month an unlimited storage account is available.
Now as great as these solutions are, they don't me a lot of good right now. Unfortunately my iBook is gasping its final breaths of life. But it may not be too late for you. Routine backing up of data is one of those must-dos of life like changing your car's oil or taking out the trash. It may not be fun to think about, but at least there's a technological answer to one of technology's biggest quandaries.
Well, I gotta scoot...
~RichSent from my iPhone