Sep. 12th, 2015

to back up at least your most important files to some kind of free cloud thing. Because your IT-person niece/daughter/etc is unlikely to be able to get them back if you got ransomwared.

At least get Dropbox or Google Drive or something, okay? Set it to sync the folders you keep your important stuff in and don't turn it off.

And Flickr's free version has more space than you probably need now, so you can use that for the photos. Use photoSync or something.
to burn a Linux LiveCD for your Windows machine and make sure you can boot into it right now.

DO THIS RIGHT NOW.

BECAUSE WHEN YOU INVARIABLY FUCK UP YOUR WINDOWS INSTALL SOMEDAY,

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO "LOOK UP HOW TO FIX THE PROBLEM ONLINE"

IF YOU CAN'T GET ONLINE.

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CONTACT YOUR FAMILY IT PERSON AND PANIC AT HER IF YOU CAN'T GET INTO YOUR EMAIL TO LOOK UP HER NUMBER AUUUUUUGH

JUST PLEASE DO IT. FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR FAMILY IT PERSON'S SANITY, IF NOTHING ELSE. SO SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO TRY AND TALK YOU THROUGH BURNING A CD AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OVER THE PHONE.

JUST BURN A CD AND LEAVE IT IN THE DRIVE AND TURN YOUR COMPUTER ON AND OFF AND SEE IF IT BOOTS INTO LINUX AUTOMATICALLY. IT DOES NOT TAKE LONG.

If you don't know what to use, use Puppy Linux (Wary Version) - it's small, fast, and works on nearly any PC. If you can't figure out how to burn the ISO file to CD, download ImgBurn.

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