This is for JoAnne aka Titus who today has posted that her main computer has died and taken with it all her work, including the poems she's been working on for a new pamphlet: arrgh!
How guilty do I feel? A few weeks ago when I was pulling my portfolio together my computer went blank as it was rendering the cover image. It was about 4am and I nearly threw myself out of the window, I thought I'd lost everything.
I'd been muttering about getting an external hard drive to back up my work for some time but hadn't got round to it, now it looked like it was too late and two years work, and more really, had been thrown away by omission. Luckily my son, Bob who knows about these things was still here – he's in Hawaii now working on a fruit farm – and he came to the rescue. Everything popped back up and I saved my portfolio onto a memory stick.
The next day he searched the internet for a way to back up my work on line and found Sugar Sync. After a few clicks of the mouse I had, for free, enough storage space to contain every document I ever created.
The real joy of Sugar Sync, as opposed to other online storage facilities of which it turns out there are many, is that you can set it up to automatically save redrafts and new work (you can also use it for photographs and music but I'm not fussed about those just yet) and, there is an iPod application so you can access everything on your pod or phone too. And, being online, you can access your work from any computer in the whole world! So if your computer crashes any work you have saved to your hard drive will still exist.
The guilt comes from not having shared this with you before. I meant to do so at the time, it was so exciting for a start, and it felt life-saving. But I didn't get round to it, just like I didn't get round to backing up my stuff until catastrophe appeared to have struck. Sorry JoAnne, I hope your work can be saved, and once it is click on this* to get your own Sugar Sync account.
* the link I've provided is a refer a friend link, if you use it to set up your own account it will automatically give me, and you, a little extra storage. If you'd prefer, though, you can go to the Sugar Sync home page and leave me out of the equation, or if you have another friend who uses it ask them to provide the link so they can get more storage.