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Monday, October 22, 2012

Who’s got your back?



Saturday, I had one of those days…

First, while texting my son, I accidently deleted a few pictures from my phone. Right away, I usually remove the pictures that I want to keep, but I had just taken them, right? Grrrr! All hope was dashed when I found that instant upload was not turned on. <shaking head with a heavy sigh>

After a chat online with the Samsung Galaxy S III people, and a call to the AT&T store, I found that the pictures could not be retrieved. So it goes. It was my fault for not uploading and storing them immediately, but life is so busy. I lost few great photos and a precious video from one album. A hard lesson learned: take the time.

Day ain’t over yet…

After spending two hours dealing with the phone, I accidently pulled out the plug of my computer when I got up from the desk. Don't ask...it was another strange accident. I plugged in the computer and turned it back on, only to find that it wouldn’t start up. On one window, I actually saw the words: Boom Crash. Yeah, this can’t be good. As it went through all sorts of “fix it” windows, I wasn’t worried because I do use an auto back up, and I always back up my files to a stick, and external hard drive. It would be a big hassle, but my stuff was saved.

Thankfully, the computer restarted. All was well, but it really left me thinking about this world of fancy technology. We must take the precautions to make sure our work is backed up, and our photos are safe to see again.

Got any great tips on file back up and photo saving? Got any horror stories to share?

I would love to hear what you have to say on the subject!

Between you, me and the gatepost,

Loree




Coming up in future weeks:
Look for my interview with the lovely and talented author, Stacy Henrie. We’ll be talking about Stacy’s debut novel from Love Inspired Historical, Lady Outlaw, and her upcoming, three-book, inspirational romance, WWI series with Grand Central Publishing. Keep an eye out for that!


25 comments:

Jessica Nelson said...

Oh no!!! I hate when things like that happen. You're so right about taking the time. My husband had some fish pictures for work and thought he lost them when he had to delete a user name (long story). Needless to say, we got them back but boy was it a stressed day until we found them!!! Yuck.

I hope today goes smoothly for you. :-)

Sandra Orchard said...

I use dropbox to store the files I want to be sure I don't lose. It is on 3 different computers so the files sync and I can work on any of them. I usually also back them up to my hard drive and a portable hard drive.

Julie Jarnagin said...

I hate when things like that happen. I use dropbox for whatever manuscript I'm working on. I send my photos to my email and download them to Shutterfly, but I wish they were more organized.

Lindsay Harrel said...

Yucky!!! :(

I use Carbonite to back up my computer files. I can access it from another computer and restore files to mine if it crashes. I love it. It does usually only back up once a day, though, so I might lose what I worked on that day if it were to crash.

troutbirder said...

I don't have a clue. Which is my way of saying I think I woulda functioned better in the 19th century...:(

Melissa Tagg said...

Technology can be such a meanie!!

cynthiaherron said...

Oh, Loree! I'm so sorry for your techie troubles. I dislike technology, or the geeky side of understanding it, very much. Currently, we're trying to figure out why my blog posts have suddenly quit posting to Twitter at the usual scheduled time. Aaarrgghh!

Brandi Boddie said...

Oh, so sorry to hear about your bad Saturday dealing with technology. I wish I had some helpful advice for you. Since the old days of having my computer crash on me while I was writing term papers, I've gotten into the habit of saving my work onto flash drive AND emailing it to myself before I shut down the computer. I can be very OCD when it comes to it. Can't help you with the smartphone. :-/

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Sorry to hear you lost some pics. Yes, it is always a good idea to backup, backup. I have a flash drive that is easy to use, but since I don't always know where it is, I ususally send pictures and updated manuscripts to my email.

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Loree - It sounds like your Saturday included some techno-ghosts! ^_^ I use an external drive, but I also download important documents and photos onto discs a couple of times a year. I also send photos to my other computer regularly. Technology can be a pain in the tush!

Loree Huebner said...

Jessica: It was a nightmare once I realize they were gone in a tap on the screen.

Sandra: Drop boxes are a great thing! and to sync it on all of your computers is a great method. Thanks for sharing.

Julie: Getting the photos organized is a big problem for me too.

Lindsay: I've heard Carbonite is the best. I think that may be my next move.

trout: HAHA! Sometimes I think the same thing...

Melissa: You are so right! MEAN! MEAN! MEAN!

Cynthia: Sometimes I think I'm pretty savvy on the techie side, then I have one of those days...

Brandi: Emailing is a to yourself is a great idea. I've done that with a few docs before. Oooh, crash on term papers...not fun.

Gwen: Once again, email is a great tool. You send it and it's there...unless you have a tricky delete finger like me...haha.

Victoria: Ghosts...gremlins...you name it, I had it. It's all better now.

Thanks to everyone for your great tips and comments today!

Jessica R. Patch said...

I use dropbox, flashdrive, and external hard drive. LOL But seriously, I love dropbox!

So sorry about your really bad, icky, stinky day!

Terri Tiffany said...

I was interested that you can automatically upload your photos==I have Galaxy II and wonder now if that is an option??

Beth K. Vogt said...

Oh technology ... don't get me started.
My computer crashed BIG TIME this summer. And this was during the Waldo Canyon Fire ... and during a deadline ... and right before my daughter's wedding ...

Eeek!
Of course, there's never a good time for a writer's computer to crash, is there?

Loree Huebner said...

Jessica: Drop box is great! It was an icky, stinky day...lol!

Terri: Hubs set up something through Google + app and Picasa. All pics are uploaded to a private album for safe keeping. BUT, auto up load must be turned on. It was off :(

Beth: I remember your blogs about the fire. Oh, how we prayed for you and your neighbors. I didn't know that your computer also crashed during that time - with a deadline looming - and an evacuation order - and a wedding. That is a technology horror story! These things seem to happen just when we don't need them to. So glad you made it through everything.


Thanks for popping in and sharing, Jess, Terri, and Beth.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Oh, oh, I'd better do a back-up! I don't do this often enough.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Oh, how horrible! I'm glad you recoverd with grace, Loree.

Loree Huebner said...

Susan: Take it from me - back up! lol

Jeanette: Thanks, Jeanette. It took loads of grace...

Susan and Jeanette, thanks for dropping by today!

Stacy Henrie said...

So sorry about the pictures - that's such a crummy feeling! Glad you had everything else backed up when it came to your computer. I use Dropbox too. We have an external hard drive, but it's easier to drop files into Dropbox.

Looking forward to doing the interview! :)

Maria I. Morgan said...

Hate it when these kind of things happen! Ugh! Love the lesson learned though - take the time. Kind of dovetails with a devotion I read this morning: "This electronic age keeps My children 'wired' much of the time, too tense to find Me in the midst of their moments...How much time and energy they waste by being always on the go, rather than taking time to seek My direction for their lives." Sarah Young.

I'm sure you weren't wasting time, but your experience just reminded me of how we can get so caught up in our techy world! Hope today is better for you! :)

Talli Roland said...

Oh my, that doesn't sound like a very good day. I'm afraid I have no solution for you, but I hope you found one!

Sarah Forgrave said...

Oh goodness, that sounds like a nightmarish day, Loree! We use an online backup service for our computer, but I still save everything in other places, including emailing files to myself. :)

Loree Huebner said...

Stacy: Drop box is the way to go. I look forward to having you as a guest here on the blog!

Maria: Thanks for sharing that. So much truth in that statement. Sometimes we are too "wired" and some of it is just a time zapper. We forget the real people - the real life - that God has place in front of us.

Talli: Welcome here! I had to come to terms with the loss of the pictures. But as long as I still have my memory...it's always there.

Sarah: It felt like a nightmare. Just when I start to feel like a savvy techno geek, I find out that I'm far from it...lol!

Thanks for chiming in everyone! Love it when you stop by!

thoughtsonplot said...

OH, I have so been there....backup is a MUST! Thanks for the reminder!

Loree Huebner said...

thoughtsonplot: Thanks for stopping in. We do need to back up our work! Can't get around it. Great to have you here!