Don’t depend on auto-saving in applications

It is unfortunate that too many people trust and believe in Microsoft ability to have usable features. Almost every week I get someone who said they lost a document and when I start asking questions they thought that Microsoft’s auto-saving would protect them. Unfortunately this doesn’t work for a variety of reasons in the business world or even in the personal one.

It is always surprising to me when people don’t save their work. If you grew up in the time of programs that could fail at a moments notice, you learned how shaky software is. Software is still pretty unreliable on both the Mac and Windows platforms. Too often programs use more memory than the computer has, and then of course it crashes. I see crashed programs all the time when I help people. Even when they have lots of ram, people don’t reboot their machines every week. They think that they can just use things and not restart them even though they have been instructed to restart.

It’s a cliché for computer people to say restart the machine, but it’s because we see that most issues are memory related. There isn’t a good way around this. In the past there were memory managers, and they were more trouble then they were worth. I tried many of them and none of them made things better. For me, I reboot my phone and computer once a week and I don’t seem to have memory issues. It doesn’t take long to turn them both off and on and I’d rather spend the time doing that then having to restart a program or be stressed if I have a deadline.

It is curious isn’t it? People take their cars to get a regular oil change and they don’t complain about that. They wash their clothes when they get dirty. Why is it so hard to reboot a computer and phone? Yes its boring, but what isn’t boring is not feeling stressed when you lose your work or have a deadline. To me, when people don’t take care of things by choice, then problems are expected. Everything requires maintenance.

Optimum Internet working great for me

I had mentioned earlier that I had problems with Frontier. I have been using Optimum for about a week and it has been a wonderful experience. Let me tell you what has happened.

After an easy install that took less than an hour, my Internet is consistently above the promised speed. I have been doing a everyday and the speed is fantastic. It has not rebooted, it has not slowed down, and it has not even given me an error message on the face of the equipment. What a joy it is to have reliable Internet again!

So the reason I am sharing this is that if you are considering what company to go with, you might also have a good experience like me. I have a friend who is waiting for Time Warner cable to get installed, and the wait is still occurring. I will share what her experience is once she has it.

I have had friends who have Verizon FIOS and love it, but I have never had FIOS or fiber connection. I found out that I could get fiber to my apartment, but unfortunately the cost would be $700 a month. That is way out of what I could or would pay. It just doesn’t make sense for me at that price.

Which is kind of interesting. If the price is so high, and the speed is about the same, its hard to make the charges justified in the name of reliability. For that price you could easily get 7 backup services and pay less. If one fails, you simply have your firewall/router set up to use another one. In fact, many companies will “bond” Internet connections for you, so you don’t even need to manage them. What would make the $700 of Internet worth it for you?

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