I'm ALWAYS pounding people to backup. I will continue. BACKUP YOUR STUFF. If you care about it, back it up.
Let's talk. Yes, I'm talking to you, non-technical friend. You're a writer, a blogger, not a techie. I get that. Can't be bothered, I get that. Very busy. You will be even busier when you lose access to your dropbox, or leave your laptop on a train.
Please. Read. Tell your friends.
Here are some things that are NOT backups. Feel free to tweet or Facebook them to shame educate your family.
Do you have any other good examples?
Here's the rule of three. It's a long time computer-person rule of thumb that you can apply to your life now. It's also called the Backup 3-2-1 rule.
Simple. Because I care about my work, photos and data and I would be sad if I lost it.
Think about all the times you've heard about a friend who has lost everything. A decade of photos. Years of email. It hurts- just like exercise - because it's good for you.
Try restoring from a backup to practice. Backups always succeed. It's restores that fail.
I think at a minimum folks should do this.
Here's some other blog posts on the topic of backup. Now, take action.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
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