A story goes around that Jesus and Satan were having an ongoing argument about who managed to get the most out of his computer. This had been going on for days and God was tired of hearing all of the bickering. God said, “Cool it. I am going to set up a test that will run two hours and I will judge who does the better job.”
So down they sat at the keyboards and typed away. They moused away.
They did spreadsheets,
They wrote reports.
They sent faxes.
They sent out e-mail.
They sent out e-mail with attachments.
They did some genealogy reports.
They made cards.
They did every known job.
But just a few minutes before the two hours were up lightning flashed across the sky. The thunder rolled and the rains came down hard. And of course the electricity went off.
Satan was upset. He fumed and fussed and he ranted and raved, all to no avail. The electricity stayed off. But after a bit the rains stopped and the electricity came back on.
Satan screamed, “I lost it all when the power went off. What am I going to do? What happened to Jesus’ work?”
Jesus just sat and smiled. Again Satan asked about the work that Jesus had done. As Jesus turned his computer back on the screen glowed and when he pushed “print,” it was all there.
“How did he do it?” Satan asked.
God smiled and said, “Jesus Saves.”
The moral of the Story? Save early and often!
That Great American Novel won’t inspire anyone if it vanishes into the ether before you can publish it. Many/Most folks don’t save their work nearly as often as they should… They maybe have too much trust in their computers not to do something ugly. I don’t trust my computer any further than I can throw it.
A good rule of thumb is save every five minutes, and whenever you get up from the computer. If you can’t remember to save every five minutes, at least when you pause to think about your next thing (Next paragraph, for instance), Save! It takes less than a second. The keyboard shortcut is Ctrl-S. Also, pay attention to where you’re saving something. The default save settings are usually either My Documents or My Pictures, but these can be changed in most programs. Give your document a name that you can remember, and that’s relevant to the content. “Document 1” doesn’t do any of that, but “2014 Master Budget” does.
When writing something online, such as this Blog, a neat trick that will prevent you from being held hostage to their system is to periodically copy and paste everything from the website window you’re writing in to a Word Processing document and save that. Just use the Ctrl-A and Ctrl-C commands to copy all, then Ctrl-V to paste into your own document. Warning: If you’re doing this and you still lose everything, you have no one but Yourself to blame!
Some Office programs have an Auto-save setting. Find out if yours does, and get familiar with it. Someday, you’ll be glad you did.
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