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11th-Feb-2017 06:18 pm
See, they sold my bank.

This happens to us periodically. This is the bank where Gretchen used to work. The original parent bank sold off the suburban branches to a bank from downstate after a management shakeup. Then they got into trouble and sold themselves to a bank from California and Missouri who figured that penetrating the Chicago market would be a piece of cake. When that didn't work out for them, they sold the Chicago area branches to a bank from Ohio who figured that penetrating the Chicago market would be a piece of cake. (Still wasn't, but at least they tried advertising.) So now, that bank has sold all of itself to a different Ohio bank.

The changeover to the new online banking system will be next weekend while we're at Capricon. It is also just about the time of year when I make sure that I've downloaded all of the banking info for Dodeka and ISFiC Press so that I can work through the taxes.

So I downloaded all of that today and printed out all of the check images so that I have them safely on my computer.

I also went to StubHub and put together a big spreadsheet so I could figure out what I made from selling Cubs tickets last season. This has never been a problem before, because the only question would be how much money I had lost on my Cubs tickets, with the losses being (sadly) not deductible. Gains, on the other hand...

Having done all that, I thought about the issue of having all of this data "safely" on my computer. And I looked at the NAS sitting on my desk that should hold my backup.

Why is that not powered on?

So I powered it on.

And apparently, the backup that I started when I got the NAS had never finished.

It is running now. When that is done, I will back up all of the music on the Dodeka side of the machine.

This will take a while... :)
12th-Feb-2017 03:40 am (UTC)
ugh! At least you caught the backup issue BEFORE you needed it. (I just did my annual audio backup and still have to do the documents/other files to the same pair of offline drives. (Then I can migrate GaFilk and Conflikt to my main PC. I do have them backed up onto an external HD.))
12th-Feb-2017 09:31 am (UTC)
A backup on a device that sits next to the PC is *not* a secure backup. It needs to be widely enough separated that it's safe if anything happens to the PC. If someone breaks into your house and steals your PC do you really think they are going to be nice and leave your backup NAS behind?
13th-Feb-2017 12:55 am (UTC)
"They sold my bank."

That sentence reminded me of something, but I wasn't sure what. After a few seconds I realized that it reminded me of what JFK said when he was asked how he became a war hero: "They sank my boat."

Does my mind work in strange ways?

Sounds like you're doing a great job of planning ahead and protecting yourself against possible disasters, downloading and backing up stuff just in case.
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