To back-up or not to back-up, there is no question!

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To back-up or not to back-up, there is no question!

A number of years ago I had a Pastor in the church I was attending at the time when referring to backing up of documents and the like, had a favourite expression: “Only Jesus saves, the rest of us have to press Ctrl-S.

It has stuck with me as a constant reminder especially when writing lengthy documents to save the work I am doing. I have tried relying on auto-save functions but I always mange to do something where my computer freezes and unless I had saved all work or at least to the last save was lost. I have learnt to save very often, almost part of how I type these days.

I have however taken this to a whole new level with my own website in terms of managing to lose my entire website despite having it all backed up.

no-back-upTo be honest I was the main protagonist in this fiasco, but my ISP through and ageing server and possibly a support agent having a bad day added into the mix caused the proverbial perfect storm. So notwithstanding all the efforts to ensure it did not happen, I manged to prove that theory wrong. The upside is that I have had to reimagine my website into a much more modern and simpler version of what it was. So maybe it was a blessing in disguise.

Despite this upside, it took a lot of extra time and effort to get things back on track, including having to write articles again for my blog which is why I am busy here right now. J

What happened to me was an exception to the rule and in hindsight I know exactly how in the frustrated heat of the moment I did things that resulted in my work and backup’s all getting corrupted. I could still dig deep and extract a lot of it but there was a point where it just became easier and quicker to rebuild.

So please do ensure you work of any kind is always backed up and do not like me try to restore a backup while you are angry and frustrated with your ISP. Despite my many years of experience in the field, I continue to learn, and especially about myself and my humanity.

Happy Backing-up!

Shawn Fouche
Shawn Fouche
A systems engineering background together with a creative flair for design, a solid understanding of business principles and an unquenchable desire to explore new online technologies. A career that has already spanned 36+ years and still going strong.

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