Stupid Mistakes Part 1: 2011 Edition0
Please, learn from our screw up here…
Today I wanted to change it up a bit and talk about a big screw up that both Mike and I made (two separate situations) and what we did to fix it – hopefully you can relate.
Some things are just so easy to fix that you’re an idiot not to! Now, don’t worry, I’m not calling YOU an idiot but rather myself (I’m a bit self-deprecating that way, but hey, if the shoe fits… LOL). Technology has really made our lives a lot easier in many ways, but we still have to take that critical step and USE IT (that’s where the human error comes in)!
So, here’s what happened…
First a little background. I love photography – have even dabbled in it professionally a bit – but in the end I didn’t want “making money” to ruin my love for it so I just do it as a hobby. I have some very nice equipment – over $15k worth – and I take tons of photos. My library has around 50,000+ photos in it.
Anyway, back to the story… Well, obviously 50,000 images takes up a ton of hard drive space – 100′s of gigabytes in fact since they are high end photos and are not just JPEGs but also RAW images.
And therein lies my problem…
In a single week of 2011 I managed to lose 3 hard drives! Yeah, I know, sounds unbelievable but I had 3 separate hard drives all crash within a week and I lost hundreds of photos. I had a pretty good backup solution – manually redundant copies across a couple of hard drives and figured, hey, what’s the likelihood that two hard drives will die at once? (still don’t know the odds on that, but hey, like they say, odds only count when you’re on the losing side of the equation)
Well… not only did two hard drives die but as I backed up what I could from one of the dying drives (I could still access some of it) to a 3rd drive, well, 2 days later, that 3rd drive died too! So even the little I had *thought* I had managed to save was lost too!
But what about the business?
Now before you ask me, “what the heck does this have to do with business?”, let me say this. I lost a lot of business files as well. Several hours of recordings, etc… but not too much because most of it (the finished versions anyway) were up on our S3 server account, etc… I did, however, lose most all of the source files. But the fact is, that all of that stuff is not so hard to replace. Sure it takes some hours and some work, but it’s not irreplaceable like many of the photos I lost – that is something I can never get back and never recreate those moments.
The bottom line? This cost me (in lost time and direct business costs) about $1400 to the business and the cost to me on the personal side was, well, not really quantifiable, but I can tell you I’d willingly pay $2k right now to get those photos back! And it all could have been prevented for about $5 a month…
And then there was Mike…
Yeah, the misery wasn’t just handed out to me! Mike had three – count them, 1, 2, 3 – laptop failures in 2011!
He purchased a new i7 laptop and within 3 months he shattered the screen by carrying it around holding the screen (yup, looks like I’m not the *only* idiot in the bunch). So while getting his laptop fixed, he went out and purchased a new laptop to use as a temporary.
The good news? He was quite a bit smarter than me and was using an online file storage solution to automatically backup his entire computer – everything!
During that time he simply accessed his files from MyPCBackup and didn’t miss a beat. And would you believe that not only two weeks into using his new (2nd) laptop he again shattered the screen? Seriously guys, this stuff would be funny if it weren’t true – I mean, I really *wish* it were comedy instead of the truth…
Now he swears he wasn’t holding it by the screen – but I am not buying it (LOL)! Now he was down two laptops, and had to purchase a third. Again he accessed all his files from MyPCBackup. When he received his original 17 inch notebook back a couple weeks later, he was able to start using that again.
And what happened to the two extra laptops that Mike purchased? Well he fixed the one, and his lucky kids received a couple of early Christmas presents!
The point of all of this?
It’s simple – I’m an idiot! LOL… There are tons of cheap online file storage solutions out there, but Mike got it right – MyPCBackup file storage is the one to get for a variety of reasons:
- It has PC & Mac support (Linux too coming in January)
- It has UNLIMITED storage! Most of these companies charge you a ton for extra storage
- It’s just $4.95 a month – ridiculously cheap
- Plus tons of other features – click here to check them out yourself!
P.S. I’m now backing up with MyPCBackup automatically everyday and all of the photos are safe and secure… I’m still an idiot sometimes though… LOL So don’t make the same mistake! Get all of your business and personal documents backed up and just put it on autopilot so you remove the biggest element for failure – YOU! I certainly should have…
P.P.S That is our affiliate link above, but not the reason we are writing this post. If you have been following us for a while you know we only endorse and review products we actually use and like. And MyPCBackup is a product that saved both of our butts and we feel that anyone doing business online should have a backup solution of some sort because as they say $#@^ happens. Make sure to leave us a comment below and tell us your “stupid mistake of 2011″…