I’m guessing that most of us working with any kind of digital data on computers/laptops have had the experience of a (more or less devastating) data loss. Most of the time it probably was not even your fault: hard-drives WILL die, your computer or laptop could be stolen or lost etc. etc.
After experiencing a motherboard defect I was lucky enough to be able to rescue the hard-drive with my data, but it was a wake-up call for me and I have been using the 3-2-1 rule ever since. It’s easy just remember:
“For any critical data, you should have 3 copies on 2 media types with one 1 offsite or online“.
Your original files on the computer/laptop
Make a copy to a flash drive, thumb drive, external drive, or burn it to a CD or DVD.
Make another copy and leave it at a different location OR use an online solution like dropbox (free for up to 2GB of data), skydrive (microsoft solution for 25 GB of free online storage for sharing Microsoft Office docs and photos),Carbonite (Unlimited online backup – just $59/year per computer) or one of the many other online storage solutions.
If backing up EVERYTHING sounds too long and boring for you determine which of your files are important for you and start with those. Once you get in the habit of backing those up you might realize that it’s not so bad and back up the rest as well.
It’s a great peace of mind because there is one less thing in your life to worry about!
Maybe you have spotted one of the recent changes on Google search results pages already. Some website listings, Lifehacker’s for instance, display an author profile photo next to their listing in the Google search results. This only happens on pages where a single author can be easily identified, which is the case for most blog posts. The question is: How can you get the same treatment? Continue reading →
(CNN) — Kevin Benton had every reason to feel bitter.
During his sophomore year in college, he says, white students harassed him and the only other African-American living on the floor in his dorm in order to get them to move out.
The white students spat on their doors, tore their posters off the wall, and banged on their door at four in the morning. When Benton brought up the problems at a dorm meeting, the other students snickered.
“I felt like I was being bullied, being targeted,” he says now of his college experience 19 years ago. “I knew I couldn’t retaliate in any way or I’d lose my basketball scholarship.”
This was the first time in his life Benton had encountered racism and it hit him hard. He had trouble sleeping, and then over the next several months he suffered panic attacks. Admitted to the hospital, he was found to have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or thickening of the muscles in the heart. The disease is the leading cause of heart-related sudden death in people under 30.
So sick he couldn’t walk, Benton lay in his hospital bed bitter and resentful. Continue reading →