Originally published as “Monday Methodology: The Importance of Backups and Checkpoints” on 13 Nov 2006.
I lost power on my PDA yesterday. Not a problem, usually, since I use Backup Buddy VFS. Unfortunately, I also changed devices about 14 days ago, and I could not get my backup to restore.
So now I am going through and resetting my categories on Meetings, Contacts and Tasks. Not fun.
Lesson learned: have a good backup program (Hotsynch does not back everything up), and make sure the backups are usable.
Update December 2007:
In order to make category resetting less painful, I do it using the original Palm desktop. It allows me to select many items and change the categories all at once.
Also, always make sure your backups are usable! I discovered recently that my password database is corrupt in my backup files. Luckily I had backups on my hard drive.