Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Wonders of Auto Save

My dear and ever faithful computer is becoming very ill. I’m not sure exactly what the problem is yet, but my instincts are telling me that this might be hardware related. I’ve had this one since my junior year of high school. Yet I have kept it in great working order. I have not encountered a game it wouldn’t play or a program that it wouldn’t run. I named it Radamus Crunk, successor to Cornelius Funk, and partner to Thalonious Monk, my laptop.

The reasons this pain me are many, the first being that I simply can’t afford a new tower to my specifications. That is of course worst case scenario, but it does not seem entirely out of the question. The second is that I always become very fond of my electronics. When you spend so much time working with them, they become less a reliable tool and more an essential fixture in your everyday life. Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else feel that way?

This brings me to my next point. The auto save feature just kept me from losing nearly 2500 words. I realize this isn’t the largest number, but when you are just breaking through a fit of writers block, it is quite substantial. I can only imagine what it would have done to my morale if MS Word hadn’t saved my progress. Thanks Microsoft. We have a love hate relationship at times, but you had my back this time.

I don’t intend to let Radamus go quietly. I will don my latex gloves and static strap, and begin my work. We’ll get through this together old buddy, and if you don’t make it, at least half of you will find a new home. Thankfully, you don’t need a donor card for that.


  1. I would be devastated if I lost a long writing session's worth of work. I try to be a consistent saver, but sometimes you lose track as you write. I've been doing a lot of writing on google docs recently--it constantly saves and protects me from losing my work.

    It has been my experience that computers just seem to become cluttered, slower, and less reliable over time. I think it is a combination of hardware issues and a memory that gets fouled with constant erasures, downloads and saves.

  2. Google Docs is good, as is adobe buzzword. My only problem with these programs has been access at work. They have blocked it many times, so I end up just writing in a normal word document. I also have a ton of auto format shortcuts in MS Word, so it would be a pain to move them over. I am slightly lazy with that.

    After the troubles I have had this week, I set it up to auto save to my external and my internal hard drives. If there was a fire, I swear I would grab my external and my dog. Everything else is a little easier to replace.


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