How to Avoid a “Hot Mess” if your Computer Dies

Transaction Coordinator, Closing Coordinator - Woman under Stress at Work

As a cat computers are not that important to me, except for the cat food Michelle orders for me, I find no use for them in my life. However, they seem to be a place where her and her team spend a lot of time working and not enough napping, so they must be pretty important to them.

Recently there was a bit of a situation, if you will, here at the TMC headquarters. Monday morning and Michelle’s computer won’t turn on. She begged, she pushed buttons, she searched for solutions on her phone and nothing would work. For a moment, I wished she could read my mind as I was thinking it was the perfect opportunity to go back to bed, however it was very clear she had other ideas. Silly Humans!

After an exhausting attempt at cajoling her computer back to life she tucked it safely into her computer travel bag and jetted off to Jacksonville, about an hour from here, to visit the local Microsoft Store in hopes they had the magic touch.

A few hours later she returned, computer travel bag in one hand, fancy new Microsoft bag in another. Yep, you guessed it, she ended up having to purchase another computer as it seems that they didn’t have the magic touch either.

I watched from a chair in the office as Michelle set-up the new computer, plugging in things here and there. I noticed she wasn’t too stressed out. I’m not sure what she had on the other computer, but as much time as she spent at it I’m sure there were lots of files. I do know she also had pictures of the toddler she calls the Grand Ginger Princess. Personally, I’m not sure what she sees in that kid who loves to chase me around and grab my tail, but that’s a story for another blog post.

So, this computer set-up went pretty quickly from what I could tell as I dozed in and out of naps. I heard Michelle tell her colleagues that she’d done two things several years ago that made this situation less of a challenge: 1 – She’d had her old computer backed up, automatically twice a day with a program called Mozy.com. 2 – All of her passwords were safely stored in a master password account called LastPass.

From what I can tell those two things sure made this situation less stressful. As a matter of fact, within a few hours Michelle was back in business and busy working.

Zen Advise: Stress Less and Avoid a Potential Hot Mess – get a backup system such as one you’ll find at Mozy.com and save your passwords to a vault such as LastPass. Not only will this make your life less stressful, all that time you save not worrying about it or doing a manual back up will just be more times for my favorite thing…..Yep, that’s right, NAPS!!

 

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