Another networking meeting this morning. Today’s speaker was Garry Wolfe.
I’ll start by saying many computer geeks do not impress me. I spent 32 years in the computer industry and can see through a lot of smoke and mirrors. Garry impressed me.
The reason Garry impressed me was he talked about how he will clone a laptop drive (something anyone can do), but then he will test the backup and teach the laptop owner how to swap drives when the main one fails. I realize this is a rather simple thing for a computer-savvy person to do, but the fact of the matter is that many people are intimidated when it comes to messing with their laptop hard drive. And, many people take for granted that their back up works. The very fact that Garry will test the backup says he’s conscientious about his work.
Although Garry didn’t touch upon this, I would like to point out that if it takes a few days for you to backup your hard drive on Carbonite or one of the cloud services (they are slow), it is going to take you a while to get it off. For example, my Roadrunner service has about 3x the download speed as it does the upload speed. So, if it takes 3 days to backup my hard drive, it will take a day to download all that data.
The question is, do you want to wait a whole day when you lose your data?
So, if you carry important data and programs on your laptop, and you want a backup that you can trust, let me know and I’ll put you in contact with Garry.
My next stop was to the town assessors office to contest our 20%+ increase. We had a pleasant meeting and now we wait to see if our assessment is going to be lowered.
As we were leaving, a potential client called and said they have a deadline for next week. They need images for a magazine story and are in a crunch.
His timing was perfect. We went home, grabbed a quick bite for lunch, and then I headed off to their office to meet with them.
D. Brent Walton is a professional photographer, certified by the Professional Photographic Commission, and holds a Photographic Craftsman Degree from the Professional Photographers of America. His work can be seen at http://www.dbwalton.com and http://www.FineArtbyDB.com .