Welcome to Unfinished, my blog project for 2015! You can read all the posts here to catch up, and please feel welcome to join in at any point!
At the beginning of this project I determined that committing to one finished project a month was enough. This is not an easy commitment for me because the part of my brain that screams "you only did ONE THING?" is very loud. While I did a good many things this month, I really only accomplished one thing that fits into the category of "something I've been meaning to cross off the list for way too long." But it's a big thing, and I urge you to do something similar if you haven't already:
I signed us up for a Carbonite plan.
This has been on my "to-do" list for a very long time. If you aren't familiar, Carbonite is a cloud back-up service that protects your computer's files in a secure data center in cyberspace. It isn't the same as Time Machine, because you can't retrieve things you've deleted after 30 days—it's simply a backup for what is on your machine at any given time (save for videos, which aren't automatically backed up on the basic personal plan).
This jumped to the very top of the to-do list for a very specific reason. Last week, while my sister was away from her home in the middle of the day for just under an hour, someone broke in and stole a whole bunch of stuff to include her desktop computer, laptop, cameras, lenses, and hard drives.
Let that sink in a minute. My entire photo library is protected from a computer crash (like this one) because of a Time Machine backup and archive vault that live on hard drives. But if someone were to steal one or both of those hard drives, well.... that would be it. Marie's photos were safely backed up on hard drives. Then someone walked out with them on a random Tuesday afternoon. And that's that.*
So why hadn't I done this years ago?
It's not that expensive (less than $59 a year for unlimited space if you sign up for a multiple year subscription). It isn't difficult (I entered my credit card number and within five minutes had downloaded the necessary components to start backing up in the background). It's not like I didn't know about such a service (I did, and I even knew how important it was to get cracking on it just in case). I just... didn't. There's always something else to do, right? Buy groceries, schedule car repairs, chaperone field trips, house hunt 2000 miles away, whatever.
This devastating loss of Marie's family photos—almost all of them—woke me up. There are a few other things you can do to protect yourself against theft or disaster, but for now, evaluate your own backup plan. Is it enough?
*Friends and family: in the hopes of recovering at least some of the Taylors' photos and memories, please help if you can!
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