Here are the lessons learned from my recent computer fiasco:
- 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 are imperative. I use 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.
Hopefully, things will get back to normal next week — and maybe then I can blog about something other than computers — anything.