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On return from our trip, I discovered that, although it had been unplugged the whole time we were gone, the motherboard on my heretofore perfectly functioning main laptop was effectively toasted. Of course, it was 4 months out of warrantee.
A long, wrenching, time-sucking road later, which included the frying of my hard drive and a likely lawsuit against a local small computer repair company (call me if you want to know who it was – it was ugly indeed) I am now the reluctant owner of an incredibly wicked fast machine. As Martha would say, this is a good thing (although I was perfectly happy with the previous really wicked fast machine).
Anyway, the other good news is that I had all of my data backed up – online – using a service called Mozy. Otherwise I would be curled up in the fetal position sucking my thumb instead of writing this post.
A few things that I like about an online backup service vs. using a local external drive: I don’t have to worry about my house burning down or being robbed. Also, I can access my files from any computer in the world. It runs in the background any time I am connected to the internet without my having to think about it or do anything, and it’s really not expensive (as low as $6/mo), especially when you put a price on your piece of mind.
Bottom line – whatever you choose for YOUR system – make sure you have one, and that you use it!