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How many numbers are in your cell phone?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

It must seem to my regular readers (and thank you by the way~XXOX) that I get on a subject and I cannot let go of it – well most of the time, I do it on purpose. The subjects have so much information that I think maybe you are like me, you can handle it best in “bite sized” pieces. Also you have a life and don’t sit and stare at a computer all day clicking links that are supposed to save you from the ruins of technology!

How much can you learn at “one sitting”? How much time do you have for “one sitting”?

I have been writing about backups and online storage options lately. Well, in the past week, I have had 2 friends tell me random scenarios about their cell phones. Both of these phones are older models and both of them are loaded with numbers – or in the case of one friend ” WERE LOADED” with numbers. Let’s concentrate on that one.

It is beautiful weather here in Maine and my best buddy was fishing with her brother and as she was getting out of the boat her phone took a dive into the Lake. (UGH!) Dead Phone. They found it, but took to the folks at Central Maine Wireless and it was confirmed.

I have been lucky to have the folks at Central Maine Wireless look out for me and protect me from myself. They know me. They know that I lead an active lifestyle, my phone may go flying off the roof of my car because I am late for a meeting and forgot it there or I dropped in the woods when I am out hunting with my dogs. And if there is one thing you learn from this post, is that. Find a local provider that keeps YOUR needs in mind, suggests things that make sense without selling extra “goodies” you have no need for. Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without them.

A few months ago, they suggested to me My Contacts backup. And Paul set it up for me in 5 minutes. You can do it yourself too, but like I said, “they know me,” and they know I need the extra attention. Each day at noon (or whenever YOU decide) AUTOMATICALLY it backs up all your information on your phone to a remote server and you don’t have to think about it! If you have a call or you need to use your phone at the scheduled time, it wont interfere. And if something ever should happen to your phone, then your new phone can be loaded quickly with the data from your old phone from the remote server that has it.

If you are like my friends and have an older phone you can still protect your data by going to this link: Click here.

But like everything, this is about planning ahead. You don’t buy insurance for your car because you KNOW you are going to have an accident, you buy insurance IN CASE you have an accident, the data in your cell phone is the same and you should never have to figure this it out when it is gone.

"My computer crashed and I started crying – My whole LIFE is in there!"

Friday, September 5th, 2008

The other day one of my buddies called me out of breath and left a message on my voice mail. “OH Kelly, I don’t know what to do…” the rest of what she said is the title of this blog entry. When I called her back, she was still in panic mode. Did I know anybody that could rescue her data from her computer? She took it to some computer guys down the road and they couldn’t retrieve anything from the drive, they suggested she send it away.

She wanted me to tell her something I couldn’t. She owns her own business and she is right, her life IS in that computer.

So I said, “You have a backup, right?”
She said, “C’mon that was what my sister asked me.” (I don’t even know her sister.)

Of course this means, “No.”

Don’t let this be you. Even if your whole life isn’t on your computer perhaps some other important stuff is. Photos, presentations, emails, stuff that you would miss if something happened. Stuff you couldn’t recreate or would take forever to recreate. But you know this all ready – so how many of you back things up?

With me, my rules, are pretty straight forward. It has to be simple and it has to remember things for me – cause I don’t stop and think, “When did I back this thing up, last?”

Since I have a MAC, I use the Apple utilities on the website, I can schedule the back up as well as store things remotely, which is pretty darn handy when I am on the road or I don’t have my computer with me, I can store email contacts and calendars too. Before I back up, “it” asks me if I want it to. So if I am going out to an appointment and don’t have the time for it to happen right then, I click “NO THANKS” – simple.

But also I am learning I don’t want EVERYTHING on my computer ALL the time and I am not connected to the internet ALL the time, so again I went to Best Buy – I know, but it is MY PLACE that I like to go- and for less than a hundred dollars (they are on sale now) – I bought a Western Digital – My Book Essential 500GB External Hard Drive. 500 GB! WOW! They have all sizes for more or less storage.

I can drag photos over to it, I can save my tunes to it and back up to it all in one compact thing that looks just like a book. This helps my computer from getting bogged down with photos from 2006! I still want them, but I dont NEED 3,116 photos on my computer – which reminds me – time to move some over to “My Book”!

Don’t take chances on the next lightning storm or a computer virus, or just a dead drive – you will spend a lot more than $100 rebuilding your life!