I'm a bit of a control freak. I don't like to lose anything. Everything has its place in my house, and I'm totally one of those people who come home after a late night of partying and no matter how tired I am, I still hang up my clothes in the closet. I know..its a disease, and I blame my mother. I'll let you in on a secret... when it gets close to exam time, I color coordinate my t'shirts in organizational study procrastination. I really thought I had it all under control. Then one day I was talking to my step brother who's kinda my business and technology guru. He was telling me about this company he was starting with some friends called Backblaze that backs up your computer data online. He asked me..do you back up the data on your computer?
HOLD IT..someone stop the music, what do you mean back up?? Are you telling me that clicking "save" on the computer doesn't do just that...save??? You mean its possible I could lose everything?? Pictures, videos, music...and g-d forbid, my homework?? I feel like I've been living in a "save" key deceiving world and the blinders have been lifted up off my eyes. I'm ashamed to admit it, but no...I do not back up my data. The only attempt at back up I've done is to save my final projects and resume on a USB flash drive. If I lose it, I'm screwed!
So then I thought...ok...well how stupid do you have to be to actually lose your data? Its right there on your computer, and unless you're opening emails from people you don't know, or spilling your coffee on your hard drive you've gotta be pretty safe right??? WRONG!!! Losing your data is as easy as having your cell phone just turn off and die one day or a computer malfunction gone terribly wrong. As is says on the Backblaze website, "It's not a question of will you lose your data—it's when!"
Now great! I have to back up my data as if I didn't have enough stuff to do...this is going to be a long process, many USB flash drives, or some really expensive software I can't afford, right? Wrong again!!! My step-bro, who had once convinced me to get a business degree because I also wanted to work at a high tech company with foosball tables and subsidized meals, has now convince me that backing up my data online was the next best thing since instant messaging. I don't even have to do anything, it will automatically find the files and back them up. Sold!!! Ok wait..how much??? As I close my eyes and open my wallet, he catches me off guard with his answer, $5/month. Oh...$5 a month, I can do that!
Life has been pretty great since then. I'm still an organizational control freak, but now there's a little screen that pops up automatically and says, "backing up data now." I know my pictures, music, and my homework too are all safely backed up online to a data center to protect it from floods, earthquakes, and bad people. Now...if there were only a way to back up the professor's lectures in my head before the exam without studying...um Glebka..ya start working on that one for $5/month!!!