Back it up

If I tell you another tree beside our house was struck by lightning last Thursday you probably won’t believe me, so I won’t tell you. My computer has been shipped off, new phones have been purchased again. Yes, we have giant, powerful surge protectors on the electronics and the whole house.
The front page of the Orlando Sentinel this morning says,”Warning! Florida can be hazardous to your health.” Reading through the list we can put a check by lightning, hurricanes, Burmese pythons. I see alligators every time I drive to the Sanford studio. (There was one at our children’s’ school too.) They forgot to mention bears, we had two in our neighborhood. Oh!and the water moccasins, who knows how many there are in our yard. We have a friend who can check off sharks from his list.
So there won’t be any pictures for a little while.
Back up everything…daily! I do it regularly so have CDs of most things. I had just refiled my photos the night before. The external hard drive wouldn’t connect since the lightning had damaged the connection before and our repair person couldn’t find a problem. The latent damage from lightning is real. I paid over $100 to retrieve everything when it could have cost as little as a short amount of time and the cost of a CD for the night’s efforts. An external hard drive that won’t connect is not a good excuse, go the extra mile and get it done, somehow. Think of all of your paintings sold and in some other person’s hands. No visual record of them. The stories and great novels you have started. Gone. Your family history…poof.
Some services now offer an automatic daily back-up for $140 for four years. Things happen. Be proactive.
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Lightning strikes again

A tree outside my studio door was struck last Tuesday evening. I was in the process of turning everything off when it hit. So the ordeal begins again, this happened last fall almost the same spot. New phones, new alarm system, rebuild computer, new modem and router, new land line…We have a surge protector on the whole house and surge protectors on computers. My computer is on a hi-speed connection so has an actual wire attaching it to the internet cable. This is how it damaged my computer, not through the electric connection. So be forewarned if you are using dial-up use a surge protector that has a phone connection too. If you know of a protector for ethernet please let me know. This is getting very old. Living in Florida, the lighting strike capital of the world we are careful. This is not the pretty heat lightning, this is very violent and dangerous stuff. It was snapping around our house in the trees for about 20 minutes. It was long and pretty scary. BUT we still had electricity and therefore air conditioning. After hurricane seasons without this was a breeze. Relatively speaking.
I am off my computer for a few more days then it should be wired and transmitting.