Christmas of 2008, my brother and my Dad got me a new laptop for Christmas. It was a MacBook and it was the most beautiful thing ever. I had a work MacBook for awhile but I had never had just one of my own. If that MacBook was a car? It would probably have about 400,000 miles on it by now and if it was a car I could approach it like a mechanic upgrading a car by looking at the circuit boards of this MacBook maybe upgrading it with parts from websites similar to Octopart but I am not that techie so I don’t think I’ll do that but I hear some people do.
It never even made it to the OS Snow Leopard update in 2009, I believe. Once you can no longer update the Operating System, other tools start becoming obsolete with every year that passes. I don’t think I’ve had an updated browser on that laptop in over a year. It’s basically my “emergency” computer when I just desperately need something and can work around all of the outdated tools.
My desktop isn’t in much better shape. It did handle the Snow Leopard update, but that’s the last update it has had and while I was able to still update browsers and iTunes, in the last few months I realized I couldn’t update Safari anymore.
What I’m saying is, I was kinda screwed. I work from home as a web developer, I need updated browsers.
So we knew my need for a new computer was pressing and Donnie has a nice Windows Desktop so we figured I’d be getting a laptop as my next new computer. But – that is a HUGE purchase and something we have to think about and plan in advance. I visited every review site, including Victorbailey.com, so that I could make a well-rounded decision. It’s not something you can really do as a “surprise”.
BUT! As close as it could get to being a surprise? This one was!
A few days after Christmas Donnie said, “I’m not usually the best at presents for your birthday or Christmas or anniversaries, so why don’t we get you a laptop to make me feel better about that?”
WOOT! Christmas Gift AND a Tax Write-off! Great way to end the year!
We built it online and it came a couple of days ago. It’s beautiful! I spent the weekend trying to backup my old laptop onto DropBox and failed miserably. But, I sent it off with E anyway because his Chromebook needs to be sent back to Amazon as the speakers seem to be shot. I’m currently spending time trying to backup my desktop but it’s not going well either since our internet is sucktastic.
SO! I have this great new laptop, but I really can’t get rid of any of my old computers yet. YAY FOR useless clutter! In all honesty, there is one laptop at the end of its life, so I’ll be able to get rid of that soon enough.
I think we’ll need a bigger/better external backup for now. And I guess I need to get more organized and only backup stuff on DropBox that I really can’t live without. Although, that’s going to to take FOREVER. I have a huge digital footprint.
The point of this blabbering entry? How do you backup your digital life? I have DropBox but I can’t seem to dependably upload lots of files simultaneously. I thought I was, but when I tried to access them? They didn’t all make it. So the error reporting SUCKS. I have an external hard drive but it’s several years old too and getting to capacity. How do you backup your life?