Formatting Computers

Nothing is more fun in the world that formatting a computer. What a bold face lie! Formatting computers sucks, you always have driver problems, missing documentation, and every once in awhile hardware
failures. What you also find is that on occasion you have accidentally stumbled into a hardware conflict that only has a solution from a software patch that did not come with the original operating system. What can you possibly do to fix a software installation problem that requires a post installation software
modification in the form of a patch?

What should you know before you format your computer?

  • Know if you have a complete backup of all of your system
    data. You should have a backup copy of specialized hardware drivers and
    software that is necessary to allow your specific hardware to function with
    the operating system of your choice.
  • Make sure that you have the time for proper instillation
    of administrative service packs to the computer before establishing an
    internet connection. The internet is a wonderful tool. The internet is not a
    safe place for a computer that is not up to date. What I am trying to calmly
    suggest, “Do not connect to the internet, until you have properly configured the computer!”
  • You need to have the following software components a
    firewall, virus scanner, and some form of office products. I make sure to keep
    a survival pack next to the computer of these things.

I hope you find this to be a useful warning of what to have
on hand if you need to format a computer. Right now, I am working on an
introduction to operating a computer for free in both Linux and Windows
operating systems. I might have this guide finished in the near future.

When to Backup Data

Here is some helpful computer knowledge from years of my personal and business experience. On my calendar, I make a special note about the first Sunday of every month. That Sunday is computer backup day. (You can pick any day during the month for that matter.) I do not recommend a random file backup of things you are working on at the time of this special monthly backup. You should backup everything on the computer once a month. I do this because sometimes specialized backup disks go bad, or get destroyed. Sometimes you might simply misplace a backup disk.

Of course you should backup important files that have value once a week. Some people even backup critical files whenever they make major changes to them. Like a thesis, term paper, dissertation, novel, or major work document. What I am talking about today, is the major once a month backup that can restore your system if you get a nasty virus, worm, spy ware, power surge, or even system failure. Hard drives are great devices to keep data, but not everybody is using a redundant backup system (RAID) so be aware that sometimes hardware does fail. I have even been known to go back and get files off of a backup disk, because I have accidentally edited something improperly, deleted an important file, or even just wanted to see what a previous draft of something looked like.

I hope that right now you are marking your calendar with days to backup your computer. This is serious stuff that really does matter. It might not matter to you at the moment, but when you are having computer failure and really wish you had a certain file, you might just send thanks my way. Think about it this way. You never really know when you computer is going to stop working. Since this is occurrence is sometimes chaotic you should anticipate problems, learn from my mistakes and backup your data.

Now I never make mirror images of my computer. I do not make complete system restore disks. I keep everything in a central directory and simply backup my data according to content. I keep my music, pictures, and directories separate. I also make one general backup disk with software, drivers, installation manuals, and of course critical files. You might think that I am paranoid, but when you have a computer problem it is better to be safe than sorry.

New Design Layout

I have decided to streamline my efforts. Because the world of internet browsers is full of chaos, I have decided to use a content based layout. I have generated several dynamic pages that will allow searching, linking, and of course better content delivery. For those of you who found it difficult to read my weblog. I hope that you enjoy the easy navigation of a standard top level hierarchy navigation system. I hope that it brings you good luck. If for some reason something is not working, please let me know, then pretend that nothing is wrong. I am still getting used to the new layout. Perhaps latter tonight after I go to a wedding additional changes will be possible.

i am going to work out

I went to the doctor today. I now weight 207 pounds. This would normally be good news, but this summer i was down to around 185 pounds. Shalunky says that I have to go to the gym to work out tonight. That is where I will be spending my evening. Making sure I do not gain more weight. I have news that I will share later.

double shout out

I would like to congratulate two people from the KUMPA class of 2005. Jen and
David now have weblogs. I think this is wonderfully exciting and have decided to
give them links and a little shout out. David is now writing about all sorts of
things related to public service and the government at
The Lessons of Local Government. Jen
is working on starting up a weblog called
Hunka’s World
. I have not figured out if Hunka is a penname, the name of the
ferret, or simply a world I do not know. Dictionary Dot Com had not heard of the
word Hunka, and Google did not know much about it either. Google thought it was
the name of a Simpson’s episode. In any event, I wanted to congratulate both Jen
and David. 

The tides of friendships

I have never told the entire story of my life. Trust me when I say that it is a story that will never be told. I have been cleaning my room. As it turns out, my room had two planners and one my journals from the lost year. I call fall of 1999 to the end of 2000 the lost year. It was a time in my life where things changed and my path fundamentally changed. (What you are reading is the very short written account of who I met and during what period of my life.) I have been looking over my address books and it is strange to think about the waves of people that I have met in my life. In college I have gone through several phases of personal growth. Each of these phases corresponds to a different tide of friendships. Of course, over the last decade I have had some friends who have been around the entire time. These high school friends like Shahman, Caryn, and Mike have always been around over the years. What I am talking about right now is the different waves or tides of college friendships.

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