My wife and I are both big fans of the Harry Potter series. It seemed, after finishing the series, that Lord Voldemort had no redeeming qualities. Recent events, however, have convinced me that Voldemort has a valuable lesson to teach.
A few weeks ago my home computer died. I was a bit concerned that I could lose valuable data (including our home budget), but I knew that I copied over important files to a back-up location from time-to-time.
When I realized that the computer died of hard drive failure, I decided I better get the last back-up. I knew it would be a week or two old, but that wouldn't represent a major amount of work to get caught up. I checked the data on the file and saw: April 16 - more than 6 months old!
This represented a major problem - I couldn't recreate all of the data from that far back. I took the hard drive to CompUSA and hoped and waited.
As a result of this trouble, I bought a 500GB back-up drive and tried to get in better back-up habits. This paid of quickly, as my work laptop died while my home computer was still in the shop.
I purchased a new computer and copied over important data from the back-up. I had to reinstall my software, but I still had my work.
Thanks to Lucas at CompUSA, most of the data from my home computer was recovered. I lost some old vacation photos, which was disappointing, but good news overall. After several weeks, I got back my work laptop as well (losing nothing).
If you haven't figured it out already, here is how Lord Voldemort figures in to this:
He makes back-ups of himself!
Sure, in his case, this corrupted his soul and made himself more evil. In the land of computer, however, horcruxes are called "images" and a very good idea.
So, taking a lesson from Voldemort, I now have my 500GB drive networked so that I can (and now do) back-up files from any computer in the house. I also have ShadowProtect installed on my primary work computer so it creates images of my computer at regular intervals.
My next step will be to purchase an online back-up plan for especially important files. After all, Voldemort didn't keep all of his back-ups in one place and I wouldn't want all of mine to be destroyed if the house caught fire.
So, even Voldemort has some positive value!