More on data backups . . .

In all honesty, I have my autosave set to one minute.  I have a very, very low pain threshold.  I can’t stand losing anything.  I get frustrated and feel like tossing my computer on the rare occasions when it decides to throw a hissy fit and I lose a page or two.  I’m pretty paranoid, too – I have backups dating back to the mid-90s that I can’t manage to throw away – just in case.  I mean, honestly, I’ve written some stuff and not looked at it again for years, and who’s to say that it hasn’t been corrupted since and I might want that old backup?  And when I lived in Canada, I kept my off-site backups in a bank safe deposit box and at my aunt’s house in another city – a three hour drive away.  Now, I just mail them international mail to the same aunt.  Now THAT’S offsite.  🙂

I used to print out a lot of copies of my manuscripts, but now, living in Sri Lanka, where paper is relatively much much more expensive than it was in Canada, I don’t.  But I also know that my backups are reliable.

Oh, and another note – I have had my computer stolen – not once, but twice.  Different computers.  The first time, they stole all the disks and zip disks that were in the office as well.  The only backups I had – and yes, I did have backups – were in the bank safe deposit box.  Thank heavens for paranoia!  If I hadn’t had that, I would have lost literally everything and I would have been sued six hundred ways from Sunday for losing critical financial data for my accounting clients.  As it was, I lost only hours of data, but since I had paper copies of everything, plus original source data and my backups were encrypted and password protected, it didn’t matter.  It could have been a disaster.  Instead, it was a non-event.

The second time, it was my laptop and it was stolen out of the trunk of my car – which had been parked for a mere five or ten minutes – and again, I had backups in the laptop bag.  But again, because I’m basically a paranoid person, my most recent backup was in my purse – already in my friend’s house.  Plus another copy was in the bank safe deposit box at home.  So again, nothing lost – not even five minutes worth of work.  Paranoia, again, pays off.

Can you say “paranoid”? :p

Author: LMAshton
Howdy! I'm a beginner artist, hobbyist photographer, kitchen witch, wanderer by nature, and hermit introvert. This is my blog feed. You can find my fediverse posts at

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