Powerless in Seattle

December 17th, 2006

candlelightBy now you’ve no doubt heard about the incredible windstorm that tore through the Pacific Northwest Thursday night and knocked out much of the region’s power. I only lost power for a day, and I was lucky enough to not have a tree fall on my house or head. Others were not so lucky. Sadly, Seattle lost a vital home-based businesswoman, Kate Fleming, a well-known narrator of audiobooks.

According to this article, Fleming was trying to save her basement-studio recording equipment when a freak mid-city flash flood trapped and ultimately drowned her. Shocking. And terribly sad.

A writer friend I was having coffee with yesterday said, “That’s us, Michelle. You and I would have done the same thing. We’d be rushing around trying to save our computers and manuscripts.” Probably true a week ago. Only now that I can’t get this awful example of how 30 seconds can cost your life out my head, I think not.

I think I’ll call my insurance agent Monday and make sure that my coverage really would pay for a new PC and printer should my current setup be smashed by a caved-in roof or swallowed by sinkhole. But more important, I’m looking for new ways to store all my electronic files on a virtual server, so if the worst happens, I won’t lose so much as a sentence.

Currently, I store my most important digital files by transferring them to this storage stick thingie (when I remember) or emailing them to my Gmail account. But this isn’t a great long-term solution, and I never have everything in one spot, which, as I learned Friday while working on my dinosaur laptop at a wireless cafe, makes trying to send out invoices next to impossible.

I’d like to be able to stash all my digital files in one easy-access virtual place, preferably outside my office but with a better interface than, say, Gmail. I’m probably the last to know this, but I just learned (from my mom!) about these online backup services that do the trick, affordably and automatically no less. That’s on next week’s to-do list, too, right after “count blessings,” “make emergency preparedness kit,” and “promptly blow off all emergency preparedness stuff I swore I’d do at 2 a.m. Friday morning while willing the giant conifer in the backyard to not crash through my bedroom wall.”

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  • 1. The Anti 9-to-5 Guide &ra&hellip  |  December 21st, 2006 at 5:45 am

    [...] Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that many independently owned businesses rely on the holiday shopping season to bring in a significant portion of their annual sales. Bad news for those Seattle area stores that recently found themselves closed for days on end due to flooding and power outages. [...]

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