After last weeks tome, I'll endeavor to be brief.
We all need a little help now and then to get through the rough times, even computers. While they consistently execute with absolute precision, every once in a while they need us to look out for them. In other words, they need our backing. More precisely, they need us to back up our repositories of knowledge, in the inevitable event they fail us. Fortunately, backing up data has gotten easier in recent years.
Computers built in recent years have USB ports on them. Thanks to USB and improved solid-state memory, a 256MB USB drive (memory sticks, thumb drives) can be had for about $20. That's over 175 diskettes on something the size of a key fob.
For those with lots of embroidery designs to keep track of, these USB drives can also be found in 1, 2, 4, and 8GB sizes (8GB is approximately 12 CDs). An 8GB USB drive can be found for as little as $55. Add a key tag identifying its contents and the PC has a buddy to back it up.
Just remember to keep the USB drive handy and use it often on your important documents and embroidery designs. We'll talk about bigger back up jobs next week.