Kids who lose their school or uni work due to computer glitch - and the parents who suffer the consequences!
I have lost track of the number of times that I have been contacted by parents who are dealing with distraught secondary or tertiary aged students in their household - kids who have had a 'major technical glitch' and have lost key files from their computer.
In some cases, it has been a hard drive crash that has caused the loss of ALL of the content of their computer.
If you are a parent of a child who uses an iPad, other tablet, or computer for their school or uni work, it might be time to check in with them to see if they have a backup strategy in place for their important and precious files.
If they have a computer, do they back up regularly to an external hard drive? Or do they use a cloud storage solution like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or iCloud Drive?
Do they use iCloud and have iCloud Backup enabled on their iPad and iPhone.?
It is so easy to put in place a backup strategy and keep important information safe. If they or you don't know how to do this, iTandCoffee can help.
We are seeking expressions of interest for a new session on the topic 'How to keep your valuable data safe - options for backing up and cloud storage'.
If you are interested in attending such a session - or sending along your student child - please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
We will then be in touch if there is enough interest to run this class. (Note. Private appointments can be arranged at any time, either at iTandCoffee or in your own home.)
Just in case you are interested in some further reading matter, here are some previous articles published by iTandCoffee on this very topic.
What do you do when that document that you have been working on for days - perhaps weeks -suddenly loses all its content. Something you did resulted in the loss of every single word that you had written, and left you with an empty file. Or perhaps you deleted the wrong file.
We all know that feeling. The sick feeling in the pit of your stomach as you contemplate having to start all over again.
This very situation arose for an iTandCoffee client just this week. On opening the file containing her 'work in progress' autobiography, she found an empty file - everything, apparently, gone!
Fortunately for this client, we had only the week earlier moved all of her important files to her Dropbox. (She had previously set up Dropbox on her computer, but had never actually used it.)
Why was this significant?
One the most fantastic things about Dropbox (apart from the fact that it shares your folders and files with all your devices) is that it keeps previously saved versions of your files - even those you have deleted.
This meant that we could retrieve the last version of the file that she saved before she 'wiped' her content. While she did lose her unsaved edits, this was so much better than having to go back to an older separate file that she had saved one month earlier!
The ability to easily retrieve lost files - or access your files if something happens to the device that you normally use - is something that I would never be without. Other services offer similar cloud storage and version management, but Dropbox is my favourite at the moment.
So, tell your student children about this - they need to be sure that they have a 'backup plan' for the school work and Dropbox is an easy option to set up and use. And think about setting up Dropbox for yourself (if you haven't already).
If you are interested in coming along to an information session about Dropbox in June 2015, click here to check out the available dates and to book.
After trying initially to work out the source, she determined pretty quickly that she needed to call the fire brigade, who were there within 4 minutes! It turned out that the source of the smoke was a fire that had started in her computer tower, down under her desk!
While she was so incredibly lucky to have been awake and have detected the smoke so early, her poor computer was not so lucky! And while she had a back up of her important files, what she did not have on that backup was her list of contacts - all the email addresses for family, friends, work colleagues etc.
So her lesson learned, she called iTea&Coffee to find out the best way of ensuring now that her contacts (especially) are 'cloud-based' so that she can access them even if something were to happen to her computer.
She was very keen for me to get the message out to other iTea&Coffee clients and subscribers about the lesson she has learned - don't think this sort of thing can't happen to you!
If you need help with better understanding or putting in place any cloud storage solutions for your contacts and other important data, just contact iTea&Coffee on 1300 885 420 - or email email@example.com.
Well, there are some great alternatives to iCloud backups for your photos - and they are definitely cheaper than Apple's additional iCloud storage options. Here are some of the alternatives and their comparative pricing ...
So if your iCloud backup is bursting at the seams, why not set your photos to back up to one of these 'clouds', and turn off your iCloud backup of your Camera Roll.
iTea&Coffee can help with all this if it all sounds too complicated or if you're just not sure how to get it all workings - call 1300 885 420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out this recent article from The Age, which looks at the pros and cons of some of these services for backing up your photos.
Are you 'in the cloud yet?' I had a client last week who had deleted a whole folder of assignment work, just before the assignment was due. We all know that feeling - it just makes your knees go weak!
Luckily she was using Dropbox, so it was so easy to get back the work she had deleted.
If you or any of your children are studying, or if you are in business, Dropbox is a fantastic tool for keeping your hard work safe and accessible on all your devices!
iTea&Coffee is here to help you get set up and sync'd - so that your files are available on ANY device. We'll be running a session soon on this, so stay tuned ...
Here is a link to Dropbox - it's easy to download and install it on your computer (both Mac and Windows) and mobile devices. Once you have it installed it on your computer, you can then install Dropbox App on your iPad and iPhone - it's available from the App Store.
And why not check out this article about 'backing up to the cloud' - published in The Age recently.
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