Safe and sound.
For years I’ve lived in fear of losing the Empire Über Komputer to fire, theft, lightning, coffee or head crash.
The loss of my data and documents would be commercially (and emotionally) cataclysmic.
Despite this, my back-up efforts have been patchy.
In the Pre-Feistian Period, I backed up treasured works by printing them.
My first electronic back-ups were so modest, they fitted onto 3.5 inch floppy disks.
Then came the relative awesomeness of the Iomega Zip drive.
This was soon eclipsed by CD ROMs.
Which gave way to DVDs.
Even these wilted before the might of the Maxtor external hard drive.
Which turned out to be a lot more hassle to use than the 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 (etc) gigabyte USB sticks (thumb drives) I collected.
Now yet another methodology has come to the fore.
And for the first time in history, I’m backed to the hilt.
My approach to backing up was as fragmented as the above media list.
I did it when I remembered.
Or had nothing better to do.
Or when I created something of such beauty and value I couldn’t bear the thought of losing it.
On average, I’d say I backed up once a quarter. Tops.
But wait, there’s more ...
The results of these sporadic back-ups were variously stored – in folders behind me, or draws beside me.
Sometimes I hid them in Building B of The Empire Buildings (my tool shed).
Once I even invoked the power of offsite storage by handing a back-up to my parents who, having misplaced it, denied ever having received it!
Reviewing this fragmentary record, I’m damned lucky I didn’t come seriously unstuck.
You may have seen Arthur from Carbonite commenting on this blog.
Thanks to him, I’ve just completed my first online back-up.
As of last Friday, double-encrypted duplicates of every file I have are stored somewhere in America.
Hopefully in Alaska or Nevada or ... Midway!
Any time I change one of my files, its US doppelganger mirrors that change soon after.
It’s early days, but this appears to be rather cool.
When I first heard of Carbonite, I did NOT like the idea of zapping my personal and business files through the ether.
Let alone to some unknown crowd in Yankeeland (no offence to our American friends).
But Arthur put a local face to this newfangled approach.
Guiding me on Twitter, he diffused my fear and ignorance to the point where I felt confident enough to give it a shot.
I’m running out of space in this post. But if you’re interested in my Carbonite experience, I can detail it in a follow-up.
Back Me Up Here
For now, I’d just like to say I’m delighted to have ditched my chronic, nagging data loss dread.
Can you say the same?
What’s your back-up regime (if any)?
Do you stick to it?
What would happen if the Great Spirit smote your IT with drive-frying thunderbolts?
And what do you know about this online* back-up caper?
And come forward.
Your call will be recorded.
* If you feel online back-ups aren’t for you, perhaps I can interest you in a pre-loved, easy-to-use Maxtor! :)
Paul Hassing, Founder & Senior Writer, The Feisty Empire