OK, so this week did not exactly go to planned. There I am working away at home on Monday night and the dreaded wheel of death flashed up on my laptop. Those of you who have a Mac will get this, but for those who don’t, the wheel of death is a brightly coloured circle (kinda like a trivial pursuit wheel) that comes up when the Mac is either thinking/processing OR – in my case, about to DIE!
It’s not like I haven’t seen the wheel of death before, so I wasn’t too worried and decided to reboot. After about three hours of trying every tip I could find on the internet and two phone calls to my designer mate who just knows stuff, it wouldn’t start up. So I gave up and went to bed.
The next morning, I rang an old friend who is an IT expert who specialises in all things Mac. It was not good news. My hard drive had kicked the bucket!
Technology is a wonderful thing when it’s working but when things go wrong, it’s chaos. How could I blog without my laptop and all my files? Luckily I have things in place for this exact scenario. Here are some simple tips that have saved my bacon this week.
I have all my content saved to my Google Docs via my gmail account. I can access this anywhere (as long as I have internet access) and am writing this post now – at work, after hours.
I have my images and branding and all my reference files saved to my Dropbox account. Same deal as Google Docs, I can access it anywhere and any time. Phew!
Scheduling (for social media)
So Facebook has a great scheduling tool where you can load as many posts as you can and schedule away until your heart’s content. Usually I’m about 2-3 days ahead with my scheduling but this week I wasn’t (eek!). So, after a bit of mucking around, I realised that, not only can you schedule from your computer, you can also schedule direct from your phone. I probably wouldn’t have worked this out, had I not needed to find a way around not having my laptop. Result!
So in the end this has been a bit of a blessing in disguise. Now my laptop has a brand spanking new hard drive and a complete upgrade. WOO HOO! I pick it up this afternoon and I’m told I’ll be blown away at how fast it is now. Bring. That. On!
If you need help with your Mac, check out:
The Mac Mechanic
They are life savers!