Quote of the Day - All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.
Right, as I am sure, you are ready to hit either the print or save button.
Somehow, your computer knows. Deep down inside, it knows when you have finished your masterpiece, and when you are done. Actually, I believe that computers come with a sigh of relief sensor. When it hears you sigh, it crashes.
For me, it has happened just after I finished a brief at 2:30 p.m that has to be filed by 4:30 p.m. later that afternoon. I'm sure you can sympathize.
What can be done to prevent this inevitable misfortune?
Well, there are several things, and most of them start with a "B."
That's "B" for backup. And also for backup. Because not only can the computer itself crash, so can power.
And again, it's a "B" for backup. Not only your files, but also your operating system.
So, where does that leave you?
Here are ten tips:
1. Set your word processor to backup the file you're working on every two minutes.
2. Backup your data files every night on a tape drive. I recommend the grandmother, mother, daughter (a.k.a grandfather, father, son) tape rotation system.
3. Backup your operating system along with your data files.
4. Print out versions of documents you can't do without.
5. Put a power backup on your workstation.
6. And your printer.
7. And your server.
8. And your copy machine.
9 And your fax machine.
10. Finally, and perhaps most important, develop an off-site backup option to restore your computers and data to in the event of a disaster.
Otherwise, don't complain if this is the next thing you see, even if it is just a practical joke.