Last week my laptop died!
Even though I have probably spent more time with my laptop than with my kids I have no emotional relation to the computer and have been looking forward to changing model. However, I panicked when the technician told me that they had to send my computer away for weeks to access my documents.
Of course I have a backup of the hard drive (even if it is at least three months old). The problem was that I had traveled half around the world from my backup and the day after my laptop died I was responsible for an important course. Everything I needed, including my lectures, was on my inaccessible hard drive.
I should have taken a back up of relevant documents on a USB memory stick but I did not. Alternatively I could have used Dropbox, but for me it is only a tool to send large files to colleagues. Luckily, I usually use my email to send important files to myself even though it is a very primitive back up solution.
This ONL-course and my PBL-group have made me realized how old fashion I work regarding digital tools for teaching and how inefficient I use new digital ways to communicate in research project. One example is how my co-authors and I send drafts to each other with changes made in red (and nobody is 100% sure they have been working on the last version of the document) instead of using Google drive or similar solutions from Microsoft.
However, hopefully my new ”digital me” starts as soon as my brand new laptop advertised as the ”The future of notebooks” is delivered. This computer that is supposed to represent a paradigm shift do not have a normal USB port and I am looking forward to moving from physical hard drives that can break to embrace cloud computing. I do not care about security issues or if Google or Apple in theory have access to the cloud. I just want access to my data weather or not I am using my smart phone, laptop or computer at work. But more important I want a solution were back ups are done automatically and my family photos of analog me are stored in a safe place.