If you subscribed to the idea that December 21st was the end of the world, as opposed to the end of the cyclical Mayan calendar – what did you do when you woke up on the 22nd? Hopefully you didn’t blow your entire life savings during a weekend trip to Vegas or quit your job or say something really nasty to that wench in the apartment down the hall. The world didn’t end….so, what now? What’s your Plan B? Is having a Plan B pessimistic? Do you really need a Plan B?
Maybe I can blame it on my Type A personality but I like knowing all the details about (fill in the blank) so I can formulate a sustainable Plan B. I remember once, as a little girl, I had received the prettiest baby doll – she has large blue eyes, auburn curls and the sweetest dimples in her cheeks. She had a soft, pale lavender onesie with a matching binky. And as all little girls that play Mommy to their dolls, I wanted to give her a bath and wrap her in a blanket so I could feed her a “bottle.” As I started to get the bath water ready, I was hit with the realization that I had never given this particular baby doll a bath and I might ruin her. So the first thing I did was come up with a Plan B of what I would tell my mother if by chance I did ruin the doll – do I blame it on the dog or do I come clean? But all’s well that ends well and it turned out that I didn’t have to resort to my Plan B since my pretty baby doll had her first bath of many and she survived.
Now that I have kids of my own, especially as a working mom, I think about “If this plan doesn’t work, then what can I do so I’m not up the river without a paddle?” I have certainly imparted some of this behavior to my 5-year-old. I came to this realization as I watched him get ready to build a snowman in our backyard a couple weeks ago. I watched as he assembled all the tools he needed in one spot then started another menagerie of tools in another spot. He then began to build the snowman, step-by-step, taking meticulous care of positing and packing the snow so the resulting snowman was quite impressive, given his skill level. As he was sipping his hot chocolate a little later, I asked why he had created the two separate piles of tools. He looked at me, with his rosy cheeks, and said “I wanted to make sure that if my snowman fell over on this pile of tools, my other pile would be just fine and I could finish my awesome ninja snowman.” – is he a chip off the ol’ block or what??!!
So moral of the story is – have a Plan B! Plan Bs extend to every possible part of our lives – from building snowmen to backing up data. Plan Bs are for those that are prepared – even if nothing were to ever go wrong *fingers crossed*.
Shash Cates is the Creative Project Manager on the Mozy Marketing team.
A study conducted by Mozy last year found that technology is replacing many of the tasks that have been mainstays in our lives for years. When you consider the telecom industry, for example, when was the last time you looked something up in a phone book? Or used a phone book? Sure, they have 50 listings for party clowns for your 8-year-old’s birthday party, but isn’t it just faster to search online? Have you or your children ever called to hear “At the sound of the tone, the time will be 4:13 PM”? Technology is making life easier, faster, more accurate, and more personal. Take a stroll down memory lane with us and review 50 of the things we don’t do (or maybe have never done) thanks to technology.
Dave Robinson, Mozy’s VP of Global Marketing, has been honored as one of the 40 Under 40 by Utah Business Magazine. This award honors the top 40 executives under the age of 40 in the state of Utah. More information (and voting for the magazine cover) can be found at 40 Under 40 on Facebook.
Dave was hired in 2006 as Mozy’s first marketing employee. Over the past seven years, Dave has grown Mozy’s marketing operations, which now spread across North America, Europe and China. Dave’s team is responsible for marketing MozyHome, MozyPro, MozyEnterprise, and Mozy’s newest feature, Mozy Stash.
Prior to Mozy, Robinson worked for several other Utah companies, including the Publicis agency in Salt Lake City, Webmiles, and Ancestry.com, helping grow its email marketing business significantly over a three-year period.
Mozy is grateful to have such a marketing expert leading the charge to spread the Mozy awesomeness. Dave’s leadership and experience are critical in a fast growing technology industry like online backup. Thanks, Dave!
If you’d like to see Dave on the cover of Utah Business Magazine, you can vote for him here! Voting runs from now through January 22, and you can vote once daily.
Did you know that Mozy is fully compatible with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?
Since their releases in autumn 2012, Mozy has worked seamlessly with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Using backup client versions 2.16 and up, you can combine the advantages of the new Windows OS features with the peace-of-mind that comes with Mozy backup, including:
- Access to any file anywhere at any time through Mozy web, mobile, and tablet apps
- Confidence that your files are safe with Mozy’s 2xProtect complete backup strategy
- Premium security, optionally coupled with Windows BitLocker or EFS encryption
Download the newest Mozy client today for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 compatibility and all the newest Mozy features and enhancements.
Jamie Morningstar is a Mozy Product Manager.
2012 was a big year for the Mozy blog. Changes to the back end were made allowing for more reliability and flexibility.
The blog also had a facelift (the old look had been around for 3 years and while it had served well, it was time for a chance), and we also hit milestones for visits and pageviews.
We also added a new commenting system, Disqus to allow for easier commenting and replies.
We’ve compiled the top 10 posts from last year below. For the 3rd year in a row, our Petabyte infographic was the top piece of content, accounting for almost 25% of our page views. Stay tuned for a refresh coming soon!
The Top 10 Most Popular Posts on the Mozy Blog in 2012:
- How Much is a Petabyte? (infographic)
- Mozy Enhances Stash with Major Update To Web Access
- Mustaches – Who Made them Famous and Who Followed (infographic)
- All in the Family – Who Stores What? (Infographic)
- Mozy Stash Video Contest Winners
- Physical Storage vs. Digital Storage (Infographic)
- Stash – A New Era for Online Backup
- Backing Up Hundreds of Gigabytes With Mozy
- How to Use Cloud Backup to Customize Your Android Phone
- Cloud Roundup and Links of Interest – May 31
Take a look and let us know what you think – we hope you enjoy them!