A way with worlds: 08 - Your Worlds are in Danger!
by Steven Savage of Seventh Sanctum
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DATA - WHAT YOU
DIDN'T THINK OF:
You're ready to store your World and writing information
and . . . you didn't think of a few things. Besides just your
stories and your notes on your world, what about?
- Links to resources you
- Email of
- FTP addresses and
passwords for your website
- MIRC server information
- Passwords or things you
may need for websites.
- Downloads that may be
hard to find or are discontinued.
- You're going to want a
way to record this information so you can get to it in
case you need to.
BACKING UP - THE
Backup regularly and check your backups.
Sounds easy of course, but
its also easy to get out of a good schedule, so set one up for
yourself and enforce it. If you built a world, if you built an
epic, losing it due to bad timing is a humiliating and
disheartening experience. Its your work - take the time to
take care of it.
Make sure you're backup
media is stored in a safe place. That too sounds like obvious
advice, but its easy to just stick something on a shelf and
forget about it.
Organize your backups by
dates so recovery is easier. Label your disks or jewel cases or
tapes with their dates and perhaps contents. If you're backing up
different data at different times, try to make sure you are
KILLING TREES FOR SECURITY
Printing things out is an often-ignored method of
backup. However, as you cant demagentize paper or scratch its
writing layer, it's a good idea to keep printouts of stories,
concepts, etc. as well.
I recommend having a filing
cabinet for your work. You can even purchase cheap, plastic
one-drawer boxes at many stores. Set it aside for your work and
your work only.
BACKUPS: THINGS YOU
MAY NOT THINK OF:
A few things to keep in mind when backing up:
- Is it necessary to back
up a website all the time? If there's one on the site and
one on your computer, the chance both will be destroyed
is more limited. Besides, it keeps you from having to
save a big site all the time. A website is its own
backup, so you can probably back up less often and save
- Offsite storage is not
a bad idea. There are sites that provide limited amounts
of it, such as http://www.freedrive.com/.
- If you use a lot of
clip art, you probably don't have to back it up if you
have the CD's or web pages you use. Unless its vital to
have it right away in an emergency, it may just be extra
bits on a drive.
- Zipping files may be
worth it to save space. Just check the integrety of the
zip files and make sure you have an easily available copy
of your zip program.
You're going to put a lot of work into your world and
You can loose that data.
Rectcon as continuity?
Take a trip to my own alternate world, the Crossworld of Xai, at
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