Here are the lessons learned from a computer fiasco I had, years ago:
- Have a technology plan, but be flexible. [I had a plan but wasn’t flexible with it—until I was forced to. I doggedly stuck to the plan, even when it was inadvisable to do so]
- Multiple data backups were imperative. I used three methods, and keep several historical versions, spanning six months.
- Having backup hardware is essential. During this ordeal, I was using both my backup desktop computer and my laptop to handle critical items and not fall too far behind.
- Having a help desk to call for emergencies is critical.
- If a computer begins displaying flaky problems, it’s likely telling you something—make sure you are listening.
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