This entry calls for a forewarned GEEK ALERT.
I can’t even begin to explain how happy and how incredibly relieved I am right now. And I figured any sort of situation that reaches this level of enthusiasm simply deserves to be written about. So after days and days and days of clicking and dragging, I am finally DONE backing up all of my electronic files. Word docs, videos, photos, creative projects, music, you name it. If I’ve got it, you can guarantee it can now be found on my external hard drive, portable external hard drive, or in a giant zip-up booklet burned to a clearly labeled CD or DVD. There are a million other things to worry about, but losing a research paper or 7,000+ songs should not be included on that list… especially since it’s a totally preventable situation in the first place. Call me anal, call me paranoid, but I choose to call myself RESPONSIBLE. It will be worth the extra time, effort, and dollar when you’re pulling your hair out, praying to the computer gods, and crying at your professor’s office hours while I’m turning in my twenty page paper, uploading the celebration photos to Facebook, and rocking out to the latest downloaded iTunes hit. Just sayin’.
Giving credit where credit is due AKA My Backup Inspiration:
That episode of Sex and the City where Carrie loses EVERYTHING! Yes, you heard me right. Carrie Bradshaw, the fashionista freelance writer from New York City, made iconic by Sarah Jessica Parker. You know, the episode from season 4 when Carrie finally gives Aiden a key to her place and he attempts to heroically come to the rescue with the concept of zip drives, backing up, and a not so well received gift of a new laptop… I practically have to change the channel when this rerun airs. I NEVER want to deal with that kind of stress and I sure as hell hope I never treat my boyfriend the way Carrie freaked out on Aiden. Carrie, we all love you, but the boy was just trying to help. Don’t get me wrong, I will always be “Team Big” in the end, but you can’t accuse Aiden of invading your space when he’s making every legitimate effort to be a part of your life. After all, YOU were the one who gave him the key to your apartment. And even though it might feel like your whole life crashed with your hard drive, it did not and life goes on. You’ve got a great guy who cares about you, and unlike columns for Vogue, he can’t be backed up and saved to a drive to recover at a later time. So I suggest not messing this one up… but, I think we all know how this one turns out. Right, ladies?
If possible, ALWAYS back up — better safe than sorry. And while this is not a dating blog, I think it’s okay to go ahead and say that it’s probably not a good idea to breathe fire on your significant other when they go out of their way to show a little kindness. That is all.
Sidebar: Did I really just google Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” lyrics when trying to cleverly title this entry? Yes. Why yes, I did. And no shame either, because I think Carrie would be proud. So, so proud.
Sex and the City, Season 4, Episode 8 – ‘My Motherboard, My Self’: