“The Net” was an awesome movie

Do you recall the movie “The Net” starring Sandra Bullock? Remember how crazy it was to have a movie about this big unkown we call “the net”. Everything seemed so new and mysterious. Try watching that movie now. It doesn’t hold up very well.

The above sentence has nothing to do with this post. I just wanted to get that off of my chest. You see, one of the major benefits to being me is that I have some very obscure thoughts. I guess I just don’t think along the same lines of the majority. Or, perhaps, I am just the only one who actually says what they are thinking. Either way, this paragraph also has nothing to do with the subject of this post.

The real reason for my posting is to apologize to you for not keeping things up to date. Over the past two weeks, a lot has happened. I was in Philadelphia from 10/16 through 10/20 for SAP training, and I didn’t really have much time to “blog it up”. Then last week, my website was hit by a phenomenon known as Hurricane Wilma. BAM, no site for an entire week.

It’s frustrating, yet ultimately refreshing, to see that with all of the advances in technology over the past several years, we are still ultimately indefensible against nature. Sure, concrete is stable, but what about the ground beneath it? Sure, backup power generators can sustain power when power lines are downed, but what happens when the backup generators themselves are damaged in a storm? I’ll tell you what happens; jeffsauer.com goes down for an entire week.

The hurricane taking my site down was actually a nice wake up call. Here I found myself with no backup plan for all of the tasks that I previously neglected. I did not back up my personal website. I did not back up my father’s company’s website. I did not back up my email messages. I felt like I lost my identity. I had no idea who I was, or what I used to do (before computers) for an entire week. I didn’t know what to do, and I felt completely helpless. It reminds me of a song from Deltron 3030:

I wanna devise a virus

To bring dire straits to your environment

Crush your corporations with a mild touch

Trash your whole computer system and revert you to papyrus

I want to make a super virus

Strong enough to cause blackouts in every single metropolis

“Revert you to Papyrus”. Makes me think a little bit. Remember these words while dealing with computers. Back up your important files onto CD’s or DVD’s. Back them up weekly. You don’t need to spend a lot of money doing this backup. What I suggest you do is figure out how much you value your time per hour. Then consider the number of hours you’ll need to go through in order to get all of your computer files back (if possible) in the event of a disaster of some sort. Take 10% of that number, and that’s how much you should spend on backup. If that’s a high number, but an external hard drive or invest in an “off-site” backup. If you don’t have any money, burn your files onto CD. This will take more time, and is much more rigid, but at least you’ll have your files. Files that you absolutely must backup are pictures and other multimedia you have created. These are irreplacable. Next are items that you have written. You can attempt to re-create them, but there’s no guarantee they will be as good. Other than that, just backup anything you think you may need in the future. Even if you’re not sure, it’s a good idea to back it up; just to be safe.

About Jeff Sauer

I started blogging in the year 2000, and go in spurts of inspiration followed by long dormancy. I love writing, and your comments keep me going, so comment!

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