There really is no reason to lose important information if you take the time to develop a backup strategy. Here's the what, when, why and how of my backup strategies (yes, there are more than one).
When I was in high school I played a lot of golf. My buddy Ben and I begin playing as soon as the course opened until so late at night we had to listen to where the ball dropped because it had gotten so dark we couldn't see the ball in flight. Boy, those were the days!
"They didn't get my email." "I didn't get their email."
We become so reliant on technology when it works that we completely overlook the fact that nothing is guaranteed in the world of technology.
Not to brag or anything, but I think the biggest improvement I've made so far this year is to be calmer when talking with technical support people. My mother used to say you catch more flies with sugar than vinegar.
I have had dealt with many vendors while working at the school. It never ceases to amaze me how many folks think they are doing excellent work when it really is just mediocre.
Technology is changing at an ever increasing pace. Just like in horseracing, it's not how fast the technology is changing, it's how the technology is changing fast. Virtually every paradigm to which we have been accustomed is fast becoming obsolete.
There is no such thing as failure. That one statement can change your life. I know it changed mine. The concept is really quite simple and can help change your perception of many things.
I don't recall where I first heard this, but I wanted to get it down while I'm thinking about it and before I delete it from my Evernote files. All, or certainly most, problems with technology can be boiled down into three main areas and only two sources. The more you can simplify things, the easier it is to troubleshoot.