A week or so ago I heard from one of our customers that the power had gone out. The exact reasons for the outage I don’t recall, possibly a storm or an unthinking wielder of shovel or any number of other reasons caused the power cut.
In this call the worries were as they always are when there’s a power outage: “Oh no! How much of my spreadsheet did I lose? I don’t know if I pushed ‘Save’ even once the last 2 hours! Are my reports okay? Ahhhh!”
Now, thankfully, in this case all was well. It turned out nobody had progressed in their office work without saving and so there was no big, sad, depressing flap with lost worksheets, reports, or what-have-you.
However, it got me thinking about this problem and how it effects all of us working in an office with a desktop computer. What can you do to prevent the risk and worry of losing those documents?
The answer is magical and simple: Battery Backups. That’s right, for only about $50 to $120, depending on what battery backup you get, you can get a reliable power backup to hook up to your office (or home) computer. And when the power goes out and all the lights and A/Cs and electronics around you go dark or silent, your computer will still be running. You’ll have enough time to save all your files, properly shut down your computer and then get on the phone to handle the outage in a state of peace knowing no real work has been lost
On the surface this may seem like a pretty simple piece of advice. And it really is. If you don’t have a battery backup hooked up and residing under your desk, I highly recommend you get one. Again, they are not expensive and they may end up saving you a lot of hassle in the future.
If you’re on the internet looking for a good battery backup and you have questions on what’s the best kind, or what to buy, feel free to give us a call here at the Brain Mill (314) 454-0348, and we can give you a few pointers in acquiring this vital and oft-overlooked piece of computer equipment.