There should be an image here!I can honestly say that being a homebody has its advantages sometimes. This is especially true when you consider the likelihood of having your laptop stolen. Like having one becoming lost, the stolen laptop is going to rank right up there losing your wallet or car. It stinks, especially when you consider how much of our lives are stored on these portable devices these days. Now imagine that you had a thesis on the laptop that was stolen… without a backup of it offsite. Yeah, that is what happened for the individual in the link above.

To make matters worse, this could actually affect the above described individual’s ability to complete his stint at the University of Calgary. Despite being overly obvious to those of us who KNOW that not backing up is just insane, this goes to prove that otherwise educated individuals are still not learning this lesson. Perhaps colleges and other institutions of learning need to begin a common sense campaign for doing offsite backups.

I mean, easy solutions such as Jungle Disk aren’t expensive. Just back up the most important stuff and it only costs pennies per month. It’s a drop in the bucket when compared to the alternative of losing it all like the guy above who lost his laptop. Because, folks, the technology is there at a price point that anyone can afford it. We just need to spend a little more time educating people about doing offsite backups today — before the next victim comes forward.

[Photo above by Orin Zebest / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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