My daughter Danielle has always been interested in science and her school projects were interesting. Some of my best memories are having the entire family closed up in a warm, humid bathroom in the dead of winter and trying to measure the surface tension of bubbles as opposed to the bubbles she created outside in dry sub-freezing temperatures. Hurray for the scientific method!
Being in the millennial generation, she learned about computers and backups early on. While composing a write-up of a science project on our brand-new 286-10MHZ PC, something went wrong and she lost everything. She had been working on the paper for quite a while, and unfortunately, the setting to auto-save was not turned on. She became rather demonstrative about this immediately, so I offered to help (or else). Fortunately, in the days before Windows, there were still many programs that allowed a knowledgeable user to inspect the low-level contents of a hard drive. I suppose you could compare it to the early days of automobiles when most drivers were also amateur mechanics.
After a couple of hours copying and pasting the jumbled contents of the disk drive into a new text document, I was able to retrieve roughly 80% of her project. I then made sure the auto-save feature was set, and she went back to work, hitting save about every 15 seconds….
To my knowledge, it never happened to her again. Danielle has doggedly persisted in having multiple backup targets (including one offsite) during her studies.
- Contrary to popular wisdom, a daughter is often louder than a son.
- Always turn on auto-save.
To be continued…..