Backing Up

Monday, February 8, 2016

Winter has returned. Or just arrived, depending on how you look at it. We received snow yesterday, snow that melted slowly over the course of the day. The roads, which are my focus due to my desire to go for my daily walk, are still clear. I have been taking advantage of the clear roads to strike out daily for my brisk wander around the neighbourhood.

My time lately has been devoted to backing up the files on my computers, on DVDs, on an external usb drive, and on an in-house Cloud. The cloud is something I have been considering for quite a while. I have two computers, and with the addition of Attila’s iPad there are now three devices with which we would like to share files. Moving the files back and forth with a small usb stick has been possible, and very time consuming. I plan on storing all non-personal files on the cloud, all personal files on the external usb drive, and everything burned onto DVDs.

My genealogy reference material has so far filled eight DVDs. I do use the material, as often I need to refer back to the original source to clarify a piece of information, or to see if there are additional details that have become relevant.

I estimate it will take two weeks of constant effort to put the entire filing/backup system into place. It is a lot of work, but that is not surprising, since I began accumulating files in 1984, and still store a lot of them for reference. It was in 1984 that I transitioned from a Commodore 64 to an Apple 11E, and have used Apple Macintosh computers ever since. I actually still have some of the 8 inch floppy disks. I donated the original 11E to a collector, and provided him with the operating system disks, there was no internal hard drive, the computer ran from floppy disks. He kindly transferred all the material on the floppy disks to small diskettes, which I subsequently burned onto CDs. All through those early computing years I was also using the mainframe computer at the university. From the viewpoint of technology, those were exciting years.

We are settling into Mist Cottage quite nicely now. There is still a lot of sorting and purging to do, but it is not urgent, things are not in our way, we have achieved a bearable “flow” in the house.

As I sit here writing this I am aware of the neighbour slamming his van door. I rarely notice these sounds now, because I know what they are, and who makes them. These neighbourhood sounds have faded into the background of life. I no longer need to listen carefully to distinguish the sound of Attila driving into the driveway, from the sound of a neighbour arriving or leaving. I know the sounds of the house, the furnace’s occasional squeal, the refrigerators occasional growl, all these familiar sounds fade into the background of life.

The windows at the front of our house are the originals. They are single pain glass, with leaky storm windows installed over them. Sound carries through them with ease, as does the cold. When we come to replacing the windows, years from now, sound will be one of the issues we consider when making our choice, as will heat retention, ease of opening, and of course design.

Our move here is still in its initial stage. We are in the process of getting comfortable using what we have, in the way of furniture and belongings. When we have accomplished that, we will move into a phase where we work on renovations. When a room has been renovated, we will replace the existing furniture with smaller scale items that fit in this very small house.

We have only one renovation project planned for the warm weather months this year, and that is to repair the shed in the back yard. That will allow Attila to free up a lot of room in the garage, which is still a maze of tunnels through piles of building materials and all sorts of things like ladders. Next winter we will focus on organizing the garage and the basement.

This year though, we have our fingers crossed that we can spend our one week vacation relaxing. We would like to stay at our camp, but we may not have a travel trailer by the time our vacation arrives. I do not want to stay in a tent, there are too many bears in the area. So we are up in the air as to how we will spend our one week vacation, perhaps a road trip. We really enjoyed our trip to New Liskeard and Kirkland Lake, to pay tribute to Attila’s Dad, who grew up there.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

My prescriptions have been transferred! I am so relieved. The very first thing the new pharmacist did was contact me by email (which they do not normally do) to let me know my phone didn’t work, to ask me to bring in my MedCheck so that they could take a copy of it, and to fill a prescription for EpiPens, which she had called my doctor about. I am over the moon happy with these people!

Although they were a bit taken aback by my first emotional visit to the drugstore, a call to my doctor’s office confirmed the serious nature of my dilemma. That factor, combined with the refusal by Shopper’s Drug Mart to send them a copy of my MedCheck file, alerted the new drug store that I do indeed have some issues to deal with.

Upon receiving the email message, I hopped in the car to pay the new pharmacy a visit. I took my MedCheck file, which they copied, we changed the telephone number to my cell phone and tested that it worked, it did, and filled my prescription for two EpiPens, since mine had expired. The new drug store is thorough, conscientious, respectful, and efficient.

The telephone issue is something we will have to think about. Our telephone is VOIP, a Magic Jack account. It seems that single telephone lines, and cell phones, can call us without any issues. But calls from phone systems where there is more than one line, those calls are not accepted by our Magic Jack phone. That means the small business and office telephones cannot call us.

The pro to not being able to receive calls from multiple line systems, is that the calls from unsolicited sources do not get through, most wonderfully, the telemarketers. The con is that we cannot give this telephone number to small offices that we want to hear from, such as the doctor’s office, the pharmacist. Also, if a relative or friend called the VOIP number from a small office, they would not be able to get through to us.

For now we will give our VOIP number to offices we do not want to hear from, and our cell phone numbers to offices that we would very much want to hear from.

I got a message from my Mom yesterday, she made me laugh! The treatment she is undergoing is horrendous, and yet she is funny and upbeat. Three more weeks to go Mom! My sisters and my brother-in-law are doing her proud, they have her back, as she gets through the experience.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

-6°C
Date: 7:00 AM EST Monday 8 February 2016
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.2 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 24 km
Temperature: -6.3°C
Dewpoint: -11.1°C
Humidity: 69%
Wind: NE 21 km/h
Wind Chill: -13

-6°C
Date: 6:00 AM EST Tuesday 9 February 2016
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 100.3 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 6 km
Temperature: -6.3°C
Dewpoint: -8.4°C
Humidity: 85%
Wind: NE 23 km/h
Wind Chill: -14

Quote

“Life is full of obstacle illusions.”
Grant Frazier

7 Comments

  1. WendyNC

    So glad the pharmacy is sorted. These new folks sound like exactly the type with whom we all want to do business. So glad they appreciate the seriousness of your allergy.

    Have fun with your back-up project. I’m betting you’re thanking Bex for the inspiration to get going on it.

  2. Bex, once you have worked out your backup strategy, and performed the first backup, it is just a matter of routine. As Wendy has pointed out, your musings about backing up your computer was an inspiration for me to get going on backing up my computers. And then one thing led to another… and well, here I am with a triple backup plan, a new cloud, an existing USB drive, and a new external CD drive. I find there is a bit of a learning curve to the cloud, but that may be because I have been using computers for so long that I have developed habits, and habits are hard to break. But I am hard at it! The cloud is coming along nicely now.

  3. Wendy, I feel very fortunate to have found the new pharmacy! They are very popular with local people, and I can see why. They treat everyone like an important customer, the old locals and the new locals.

    Yep, Bex got the ball rolling. I have to admit that at first all I wanted to do was backup the laptop. But then things snowballed. The operating system was warning me that I was running out of disk space, so I was feeling pressure to keep the files somewhere else, but somewhere accessible. I decided on burning the files to data dvds, which meant I had to go to the store to buy an external disk drive, as my laptop does not have one. While at the store I talked to a young man who related to me as a person, and we had a great chat about backup alternatives, and the upshot was that I liked the cloud (Western Digital MyCloud) so much, that I bought that too. I had been thinking about the cloud for years now, but have been totally unwilling to trust my files to an offsite cloud server, I just don’t trust them in the long term. I had been thinking about internal network cloud hardware, but had not looked into it very much. The young man at BestBuy was very knowledgeable, knew his Macs, and I decided to take the leap. No regrets. Hours and hours of entertainment, 🙂

  4. So much news, Maggie! You’ve got me thinking about my own back-up situation, which I admit is not great. One of these days, as they say…Good news about your medications. It is imperative that your pharmacist be trustworthy and caring. And kudos to you for getting the house even more organized!

  5. crochetlady or Lee Ann

    All I can do is repeat the same comments as previous people have said about the computers and pharmacies.
    I do know what you mean about learning the sounds of the new house. We are learning the sounds of our neighbors too!

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