This is only the third day of the New Year, and already, I’ve had three separate occasions where someone asked for an e-mail address or a phone number because they replaced the phone, and lost all their contacts.
Frankly, I don’t get this. The first thought that comes to my mind when I hear this is, Why didn’t they back their stuff up? Most of us are walking around with smartphones that cost twice as much as a desktop or laptop computer, and in some ways, pack a lot more punch. That’s a lot of data we’re carrying around in the palm of our hands. So why don’t more people back up their data?
In the past when I’ve asked this question to a couple of friends who had to replace a lost/broken phone, they just shrugged and said, Weellllll…..
The irony here is that, among my friends and family, I’m one of the few people who still rock a BlackBerry, and I’ve never had an issue with losing my data on any of my BlackBerry phones. I use Outlook to sync my contacts, calendar, and tasks to my laptop. I also backup my phone data through BlackBerry Link. If anything happens, I might lose a few days’ worth of information, but I don’t catch a heart attack trying to restore my data. Many folks also use cloud services to back up their data as well. But somehow, it seems that too many people in my world didn’t get the memo.
Maybe I’m a little anal about this because I lost a ton of photos and my contacts back in the early 90s when my desktop computer crashed. I warned my older son that the hard drive was acting funny, and if he could do me the favor of quickly backing up my data to CDs so we didn’t lose the files. It was probably one of those instances where I should’ve done it myself, and not leave it to a high schooler who had other priorities. I ended up losing all the photos of my family’s early years. And I had nothing civil to say to my son for three days.
So friends and family, I appeal to you, to finally stop procrastinating and make 2015 the year when you back up your data. And do regular backups. If you don’t know how, please learn. It’s too easy to do. Because I might not be civil the next time you tell me you lost my contact information.