As I sat by the computer thinking that my blog post should be the 9th, it occurred to me that the schedule had changed. So I checked the email sent by Liane a few months ago, and alas, my blog date is the 7th. I could not think of anything to blog about even as I marveled at how information stored via email could be accessed from anywhere there is an internet connection. And then it struck me, that “AHA” moment, why don’t I blog about email as the backup plan?
Several years ago my husband in his enthusiasm to see West Indies cricket team play (and ultimately lose) went to a web site that contained a virus and crashed my computer. At that time, I didn’t have any backup system. Fortunately I had email. I often worked on my laptop, my work computer and my home computer and constantly emailed myself my files, especially my word documents. When the computer crashed, I was in the middle of a manuscript with a deadline and I was frantic. Then I remembered I had emailed an earlier version to myself. I had my backup—my email.
Of course I lost other files in the process and by the time my hard drive was restored the computer ran slowly as if it was bogged down by the after effects of the virus. It reminded me of a person who suffered a stroke: even when they recovered, the after effects lingered. So eventually I got a new laptop: a convertible tablet/laptop. And since I wasn’t going to trust my important files to chance, I had a backup in the clouds. Which was a good thing, because my husband again in his quest to see West Indies play (and again lose) went to another live streaming cricket website and once more crashed my computer.
I had my files saved in the clouds, but only up to 2 Gb. The problem: I exceeded the 2 Gb. Again I was frantic. But, I had email. I still email my manuscripts and other files that I’m working with to myself on a regular basis. This allows me to pull them up on my smart phone and read or edit while I’m away from home. I searched my email, and there were my latest manuscripts. Once again I was saved by email.
So while there are many backup plans: flash drives, external hard drives, the clouds, you name it, simply emailing yourself your files (that is those small enough to be emailed) can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. So whether or not I have an automatic backup system I will continue to use email as quasi backup system.
What about you, do you ever use email as a way of backing up your files?