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|Summer is here and its time for vacation. You'll have to
take the kids with you or they'll destroy the house, you'll send the
dog, cat and goldfish to your Auntie's, but you'll leave your PC
So what should you do about your PC while you're
Make a Backup and take the Backup to Off-Site
Storage. That way if anything happens while you're gone you can use
it for Recovery.
While we talk about vacations lets discuss what "Backup",
"Recovery", and "Off-Site Storage" mean.
A Backup is a spare
copy of things you have on your computer. Not the programs that came
with the PC, you have all that on CD, just the things you've created
like letters, spreadsheets, photos, and the like.
Falls is beautiful, Hard Rock Cafe is alnost in the Casino, and the
Whirlpool is one of the top rated Golf Courses in Canada. Weekends
are busy because New York comes there to play. Be careful where you
book your stay, lots of "interesting" workers up
Recovery is getting those things back if something bad
happens to your PC. This you can do with your backup. The trick is
to make backups often enough to satisfy your needs. Maybe you've
read email and surfed the Internet for a while and don't have
anything you need to backup. Maybe you've spent alot of time working
on something important and do. Its your call.
National Park, getting there is half the fun. The Badlands,
Deadwood, Pipestone, and driving through the mountains is
Off-Site Storage is putting your backup
somewhere other than where the PC is. Take the backup from the
office home, and from home to the office.
stay in Mexico's Riviera Maya is nice. You can't give blood for a
year because of Malaria, but its nice. The pyramids are one of the
new Wonders of the World.
Sometimes your home is your office
so here's a little something you can kick around when you're going
on vacation and leaving your PC home alone.
1) Pick up an inexpensive Flash
Drive at your local mega-store while you're shopping for flip-flops
and sunscreen. They're about as big as your thumb, the computer
sales force (look for a boy with dyed hair and a pierced face) will
help you, and the one labeled 2GB should be just fine.
2) Copy things you care about
(backup) from your PC to the Flash Drive. Quicken, Contacts,
Documents and the like, those things that would be hard to recreate.
Just plug it in and you're ready to start.
3) Mail it to yourself from the
Post Office when you go there to stop your mail delivery. It'll be
there, at the Post Office (off-site storage), safe and sound with
all your bills when you come home.
There, should anything
happen you have your stuff and can copy it (recovery) to another
Of course, you could carry the little flash thingy on
your keychain like the kids do, and look like a dork. But thats your
call, and that's Cocktail
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