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  • Backing Up Is Hard To Do


    An imaginary conversation with a Dell Backup Support Tech today would go something like this:

    Dell: Thanks for calling Dell support, how can I help you today?
    Me: Well, I’m in a panic. I bought these DVD 4.something gig CD’s so that I could backup my hard drive, and they don’t work. Why doesn’t my drive recognize them?
    Dell: Well, doh, you don’t have a DVD write drive.
    Me: Nobody told me I needed one of those!
    Dell: That’s why you should upgrade your computer every 6 months to the latest and greatest thing, you know.
    Me: Well, crud. I’ve only had this one for 4 or 5 years. It’s out of date? That’s what you’re saying?
    Dell: Yes ma’am. Can I build you a customized computer today?
    Me: Um, no. Thanks. I would like to know how I’m going to fit 3 gig folders onto a 700 meg CDR without burning out the antiqued drive that I do have, though.
    Dell: You’ll have to split up your files, ma’am.
    Me: But I don’t want to. I have all of my photography split into months, and each month is about 3 gig.
    Dell: What on earth do you take pictures of?
    Me: Squirrels, mostly.
    Dell: You have that many squirrels, ma’am?
    Me: I’m fond of my squirrels.
    Dell: How fond?
    Me: Um, I have about 400 pictures a month that are just squirrels.
    Dell: Obsess much?
    Me: Sometimes. They’re cute, you know.
    Dell: I think you have a problem.
    Me: Yes, exactly. How do I get all of these pictures to this itty bitty CDR?
    Dell: No, I mean I think you have a different kind of problem.
    Me: I have a lot of problems. Can we stick to the CDR thing?

    (end completely awkward and totally fictional conversation with Dell support.)

    I’ve been shopping for formal gowns, too. We’re attending a Military Ball and I haven’t a THING to wear. I also want to choose something that is appropriate for a wedding/cocktail/reception in July. Any good store recommendations?


    taba said,

    i got my dress for sister in law’s wedding at
    they have some pretty stuff.
    i dont think you have a squirrel problem.
    i think the imaginary dell person has a problem with squirrels.

    ps- after i talked to you yesterday a mountain chickadee visited my feeder, and a goldfinch, and i saw a nuthatch up in the tree above my feeder.

    3.5.2007 @ 5:12 pm
    Erika said,

    Simple solution: don’t wear a THING :winking: hubba hubba :yahoo:

    3.5.2007 @ 5:45 pm
    Leanne said,

    Oh now there’s a scary thought, Erikie. :raspberry:

    3.5.2007 @ 9:23 pm
    Debbie said,

    The only scary thing about this post is that it happens all the time! Not your outdated computer but the person at the other end.

    I am hopeless on picking out gowns. My advice is to just try them all on and go with one you like! Good luck!

    3.6.2007 @ 5:16 am
    Geekwif said,

    My laptop doesn’t have a DVD burner either. I wasn’t backing up and lost a bunch of stuff including my 50,000 word NaNoWriMo novel a few months back. :duh: I ended up getting an external drive that connects to my laptop by firewire. I have a Mac, but I’m sure you could find something similar for a Windows PC too. I love it. It came with backup software that reminds me to backup once a week. It takes about 5 minutes or less to backup weekly. (The first time took a couple hours.) It cost a bit of money up front, but it is so worth it for the ease, convenience, and peace of mind!

    3.6.2007 @ 6:10 am
    Geekwif said,

    Oh! And the dress. Check out your local consignment shops if you have any nearby. A couple years ago I needed a nice dress for a big fancy Valentine’s date. I found a gorgeous dress that looked brand new for a great price at a consignment shop.

    3.6.2007 @ 6:14 am
    carmen said,

    I always wish I could buy some of those formal dresses I see, but I have nowhere to wear them.

    I think White House Black Market has some cute dresses that could go formal or just really dressy.

    3.6.2007 @ 7:14 am
    phoenix said,

    Try Picassa. It is free on the net and your pictures will stay in their folders, will auto reduce to thumbnails for storage, but they do not lose full size or quality. You can pull them up to full size whenever you want them. The great thing is I am betting that with Picassa, you can store all your pictures to one or two discs. Picassa will keep them for you per their folders and scan your drive for other pictures. It keeps them all in a small neat package.

    Just for example… I had 5 years of pictures stored on my PC… they all stored with the Picassa Back Up feature to just one disc!!

    3.6.2007 @ 8:15 am
    Lisa-TheShizzle said,

    Hell, I don’t even know half of the lingo you just calmly rattled off! LOL! I totally believe the Dell rep though…totally see that (from what I hear, anyway).

    Gown…hmm. I wish I could remember the name of the store in the mall I just saw. Damn!

    3.6.2007 @ 8:41 am
    Laura said,

    leanne, all those photos, your work…. this is too risky to lose!!! I hope you find a pro that can help you out.. don’t lose those photos!!!!
    What about uploading them to an online storage site in until you find a way to save them to DVD, just in case?

    With two teenaged daughters: every year I go through the whole cocktail party/prom/homecoming dress issue. Every year we shop in stores all over town. I don’t know why we bother, we always end up back at Dillards, where there really is a wider variety in price and selection. Their sales are pretty good.

    Good luck!

    3.6.2007 @ 10:36 am
    Robin said,


    3.6.2007 @ 12:13 pm


    have you thought about transfering the squirrel pictures to those nice iron-on materials, and I believe you can accomplish that using your dell computer and a printer….then you could wear a squirrel motif dress to the event, made on your dell…and i bet you could do it with the current technology B) .

    On a more serious note…enjoyed your fictional conversation. although backing up can be hard to do. Its why we are introducing a new service, Dell Data Safe, which Michael Dell outlined at the consumer electronics show earlier this year in Las Vegas. Think it might be the solution to your issues?

    3.6.2007 @ 2:01 pm
    Leanne said,

    Dear Mr. Dell dude,

    Thanks for stopping by, I’ll pick up some transfer paper next time I’m out at Staples. If you’d like, I can send you a custom Squirrels by Leanne™ T-shirt, just let me know what size and where to send it.


    I’ve got a Dell DVD write drive on order, it should arrive tomorrow. :friends:

    3.6.2007 @ 3:15 pm
    MommaK said,

    Was that really the Dell guy? DAUUUMMM! You got way better service than I ever did :jawdrop:

    3.6.2007 @ 5:16 pm

    I want the tshirt very badly because I love your squirrel art :winking: ….medium or large is great.

    Mailing address is:
    Public Affairs
    Dell Inc
    One Dell Way
    Round Rock, TX 78682

    bet the dvd arrives from Dell before the Tshirt…but just imagine how beautiful the dress will be :dance: …and my t shirt for that matter

    3.6.2007 @ 5:24 pm
    Paige said,

    LOL..I can see you setting a fashion trend in a squirrel motif dress. Too funny!!!!

    3.6.2007 @ 9:00 pm
    Tommi said,

    :raspberry: Too crazy!!
    Can I place an order for a t-shirt? Or maybe the dress….. :pilot:

    3.6.2007 @ 9:45 pm
    Darlene said,

    HAHAHAHA!!! Reading this and all the comments is cracking me up!!! :rofl:

    3.7.2007 @ 7:50 am
    Nancy said,

    LOL! I can imagine this is what they would say.

    I have your email. Just have not had a chance to sit down and answer you. Soon! Promise!

    3.7.2007 @ 8:42 am
    Mom said,

    Just wanted you to know – the transfer paper will arrive at your house tomorrow via UPS overnight… seriously!!!

    3.7.2007 @ 10:40 am
    Leanne said,

    Dear Mr. Dell dude,

    The DVD RW arrived while I was out this morning, but I already had the t-shirts available. So there. I win.


    3.8.2007 @ 10:20 am

    :friends: But my t shirt is not here…its there. your dvd drive is there…so I think we got you the dvd drive before I got the tshirt…but I cant wait for the tshirt.

    tshirt, your dress, squirrel iron ons as back up and motif…I think you got a business going. You can always make a video about what you do with your dell and submit it to studiodell for airing. I know the Executive producer, so will see what I can do to get your video airing once you send.

    Arent you glad that you had that fictional conversation with dell tech support? :yahoo:

    3.8.2007 @ 11:04 am


    That shirt never arrived :( ….did you ever get the pattern made and make the dress? was it a hit?

    hope you are well :-)

    5.25.2007 @ 12:25 am
    Leanne said,

    Hey Richard,

    Your shirt is on the way! Let me know how you like it. ;)

    5.25.2007 @ 12:34 pm

    I guess we won’t have to change the name of this post to breaking up is hard to do afterall :yahoo:

    5.25.2007 @ 1:23 pm
    Leanne said,

    Aww you’d break up with me over a shirt? But.. but.. I actually paid for my stuff, and you’re getting yours for free.

    Sigh. The things I do for my squirrely fans.


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