You're here because you have data that you want to save. If this is data you helped create, you are an end-user. If you have data that you want to save that you did not create, then you are an archivist. Archivists should go to the Software page. Otherwise, read on for information, tips and links.
The Most Important Data You Have To Back Up
- The most important data to back up and the least likely to be backed up is non-web-browsable information you created yourself, information which nobody else has access to. This is your primary and most precious data: documents you've written, photos you've taken digitally, business and personal files that exist in only a single location on a single computer. Currently, this data is located on a metal platter spinning thousands of times a minute, days or weeks at a time, dependent on a wide variety of factors to not be spontaneously lost. You should rectify this situation immediately.
- Once you realize this, however, you are likely going to freeze up because this is some scary crap to hear about. We don't blame you, but there's no need to panic; if the data has been fine up to this point, spending an hour or two to come up with a good backup strategy is time well spent. Play this simple mind game to visualize a priority path: what files, if you lost them, would represent the most pain to get back? For most people, it'll be financial data (spreadsheets, receipts, Quicken files) and photos. After that, it's likely going to be writings (essays, school reports, resume). And after that, it's going to likely be media (movies, music, porn (yes, that is important)).
- Unless you're doing so professionally or as a major hobby, the non-media files in this list will likely not end up being too large. If your computer is a modern machine (less than ten years old), you will have a USB port. Go out to the store (drug stores and supermarkets count) and find a USB flash drive. Try to have it be multiple gigabytes. It will likely cost you less than $20. Bring it back, plug it into a USB port, copy over your financials, writings, and photos onto it.
- Once these files are copied over, unplug the USB key and store it away from the room the computer is in. You are by no means done, but you've now decreased your potential for pain by an incredible degree.
Authors Nominate Top Books of All Time
In 2002, the Norwegian Book Clubs gathered 100 authors from 54 countries and asked each one to list the 10 best works of fiction of all time. The authors responded and this list was created. The titles are arranged alphabetically by author name, so no one book stands above any other. The following list is the groups selection of the worlds 100 best books.How many have you read?
The Importance of Imagination
While growing up, Id never really considered how important it is to be imaginative. Its a childhood profession, you could say. It comes naturally. Then we hit an age when were presented with a scantron of bubble-in options, a template for a CV that we need to create, and Excel. At that point, our learning has to fit into certain parameters: within that little bubble, within the one page limit, and within a tiny digital graph. So, what happens to our imagination?It seems to fade.
15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy
Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:
Your Life Is What You Make It
If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise. Robert Fritz
Worth Our Weight: The Taste of Compassion
Its a sunny Saturday morning, and my wife and I turn into a residential neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California the only sign of commerce is a beleaguered shopping mall a few hundred feet away. I glance down at my GPS to make sure this is where we want to be and in doing so I almost pass my destination. There it is tucked away to the left, sandwiched between two homes: Worth our Weight (W.O.W)