Chris Donating Blood
According to Facebook I have 416 online friends. I have a few more than that on Linked In at 716. For many of those contacts my only connection with them is online. That doesn’t mean the connections have to be hollow but it does mean that it’s not always easy to share a gift if I wanted to. For these digital friends what can I give if that’s something I wanted to do? A cousin of mine has a neat solution for this dilemma. He asks for a picture, and not just any picture, a picture of you giving blood.
He has figured out that the gift of life (donating blood) can be done locally by any of his connections on Facebook. So for his birthday instead of the obligatory birthday platitude all he asks is that you donate some blood. It only costs you an hour of your time and you will be helping others. The picture of you doing it it is just a bonus.
To help organize and focus the energy around his idea he created an event on Facebook that anyone can attend. It’s an annual event that coincides with his birthday. So if you feel like getting involved head on over to his Facebook event and let him know you’ll be donating. This is one case where giving really does make you feel better than receiving.
After much anticipation, on February 5th of this year I purchased a Blackberry Z10. Compared to my Blackberry Torch the screen was huge. Getting used to the virtual keyboard didn’t take that long and I haven’t missed pressing actual keys (all that much). Shortly after having the phone in my hands I tried to download some software that I used on my Torch, namely Nomad Analytics I say tried because the software wasn’t available for my Z10. I even wrote about my displeasure with the lack of applications for my new Blackberry. Since that time I’ve had to adapt.
I now carry a small iPod that contains my audio books as Audible is not making a version of their software for BB10. I also carry my old Torch, when I need it, so I can use the GetPayd credit card processing application. That solved two of my challenges but I still didn’t have an easy way to access Google Analytics on my Z10.
I had been a Nomad Analytics user for quite some time. It was very handy for me to have easy access to what was happening with the many websites I was managing. Once I had my BB10 I was stuck using a computer or if I remembered my Playbook. Hopefully this will soon change!
Last week I received a message from the developer Grupo83. They told me they are working on a BB10 native version of Nomad Analytics. This is good news, no, this is great news! I gave Blackberry one year to get developers engaged enough that they would want to build apps for the platform. One small app does not signify that Blackberry has done that but it does give me encouragement. I’m looking forward to checking stats on my Z10 in the near future.
Hard Drive Failure Rate
Here is a sobering thought; according to a Google Study 18% of hard drives will fail within the first three years.
For a long time I’ve known that hard drives fail. I even thought of starting an online back up company back when 28kbps was considered high speed! I now use a service from Kineticd and I’m grateful that I do. Last weekend I decided to upgraded my laptops hard drive from a spinning disk to a solid state drive (SSD). I thought I was doing things correctly but I was wrong. Suffice to say I made my source drive unreadable and potentially lost data. I say potentially for two reasons: 1/ I had important files backed up and 2/ I knew I could take the drive to Recovery Force for them to perform their data recovery voodoo and get most of my data back.
Lucky for me I had most of my important files backed up but unfortunately I’m not sure what I lost. That’s why I took the drive in to Recovery Force for them to salvage what they can from the drive. I’m a pretty handy guy and don’t mind a challenge but this was one area where I didn’t want to mess around. My best chance for data recovery is to let the pros at Recovery Force take on the challenge.
What did I learn from this experience? You can’t have too much back up. Storage space is relatively speaking inexpensive.