I love technology. I’ve always been one to get excited about new gadgets and am usually first in line to get them. But every once in a while, technology goes haywire and it results in a frenzied panic/potential meltdown wondering whether or not the data/content will be saved or is gone forever.
That’s exactly what happened to me over the weekend. Friday night I went to the Lightning playoff game and my phone starting acting weird with spotty service, but I chalked it up to being in a stadium full of thousands of people, because reception is never the best in those instances. It seemed like my messages were going through but even after sending it kept displaying a “sending message 1, 2, 3… of 27,” updating each time I’d send a message out.
Saturday morning I woke up and found that my messages still showed “sending message X of Y” and the new messages I was sending weren’t being marked “delivered.” Additionally, a whole slew of messages I hadn’t read or been notified of were sitting in my conversation threads. So I decided to power off and back on to see if that’d help and navigated back to my messages. ALL OF THEM WERE COMPLETELY GONE. WIPED. Fortunately everything else was still in place. Apps, contacts, and most importantly, photos. And after a couple hours, my messages started going through again.
Fast forward to Saturday night, my messages started delaying again (maybe due to maxed out reception again at the Hall & Oates concert), and any action I’d take on my phone took a few extra seconds for it to acknowledge was I was trying to do. Ugh. While, dear iPhone, I love you, I was ready to chuck you out the window this weekend.
Back in 2011 a few months before Apple unrolled the cloud backup, I lost every single one of my photo. So it’s not my first rodeo with technology going crazy on me. But we get so used to things working perfectly most of the time, that we get careless with backing things up. So do yourself a favor and make a list of all of your gadgets and back them up tonight!
Here are some of my favorite tools for backing things up:
- DropBox: I upgraded to the “Pro” version ($99/year) earlier this year and it’s been such a lifesaver. With 1TB of space, I can keep all kinds of files on there! Most importantly, this is where I store my WordPress backup files and iPhone photos (set to auto-backup when you open the app).
- UpDraftPlus Backup Plugin: Bloggers on WordPress, this one is SO important. While (knock on wood) I haven’t had to deal with losing anything on my site, I’ve heard some horror stories, so I set up an auto-backup through this free plugin to avoid any disaster!
- WD My Passport External Hard Drive ($59): While backing things up in the cloud is certainly helpful, it’s also safe to keep an external drive handy to back your computer files, photos, music, etc. up. Plus, you can get these drives for relatively cheap now!
- iTunes: If you’re an Apple user, this is where you plug your phone into your computer and manually run a backup. If your phone crashes or gets wiped, you can always restore it based on the last update you did.
Have you ever experienced technology going haywire?