There I was all ready to do a new blog post continuing my series on Unexpected History. The post I was going to write was to be on the Hensley Settlement in the Cumberland Gap National Park. I gathered my reference materials so I could double check my memory not wanting to make any mistakes (step one complete). Next, I looked for pictures that I had taken at the settlement. I’ve been there twice so I know I had some. I also believe that posts are more interesting when I have a picture or three to show. Searching for the pictures I discovered that one of the computers (or course the one with the pictures) would not boot up.
Disclaimer: we are a household with way too many computers. Between my wife and I we have 5 laptops, 2 desktops, 1 MAC mini, 2 smartphones, and a newly acquired iPad. Now, some of these are archaic and have been kept because there are certain games/pieces of software that will only run on those machines. For example, I kept an old Toshiba laptop mostly because I had a copy of MS Access on it where I have my book collection database stored. I have nearly 1,000 books and I hate to have to redo the database. (On another note, the Toshiba also runs Sid Meier’s Civilization II [or III – I forget] which will not run on any of the other computers.)
Needless to say, I have pictures and such spread across many of these machines. As my darlin’ pointed out this morning my photographs are not well organized. (She also pointed out that I may try to organize for a while and will have good intentions, but evidently will slip back to my old unorganized ways.)
Is there a moral to this story? Well, the obvious: backup your data, backup your data, and backup your data. Will I learn this lesson? My guess is that my wife is probably right, I’ll probably organize and backup for a while, but in the long run it is so easy to slip back into our bad habits.