My weekend was pretty normal. I did the normal things, spoke with the normal people and kept things pretty, well, normal. Things were low key without any real excitement until I turned on my Xbox 360 to watch a movie on Netflix and I read an error message saying there was “a problem with my Internet connection.”
Looking at my modem, I saw a blinking red light – never a good sign. Quickly performing the usual diagnostics, I had no success, which then forced me to call my cable company to see what was going on.
After the usual troubleshooting, the call ended in a scheduled appointment for a rep to come check out my hardware, wiring, and etc. in two days.
In a technologically dependent household like mine, this is more like two years. All this is of course happening on the night True Blood and The Newsroom air. Not to mention gaming, or even regular Internet access. My life came to a halt.
I was angry, frustrated and almost paralyzed on what to do next. It was like living in the dark ages.
Having all this free time suddenly on my hands, it got me thinking about the dependency on technology we have and how it can be ripped from us at any time. Cars breakdown. Modems fail. Computers crash. All without warning (well, usually without warning.) Technology failures aren’t specific to any type of person regardless of their affiliations, demographic or planet of origin.
I don’t want to admit I’ve been on a bit of a “Back it up” soapbox lately, but my experience with the modem also had me thinking about the last time I backed up my data. Admittedly, it’s been a couple days. We make solid products, but it’s foolish of me to think they’ll endure forever.
Since I won’t be watching TV tonight, I know how I will be spending the time. Given how frustrated I was in not being able to do something as simple as television, I can only imagine my “Hulk-level rage” I’d experience in losing my data.
So back it up because a technology failure could happen to you!