trust me on the backups ;-)

  mcds01 14:20 07 Sep 2004

Back up your hard drive.

If I could offer you one tip for the future backing up would be it.

The necessity of regular backups his shown by the fact that your hard drive has a MBTF printed on it, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.

I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the freedom and innocence of your newbieness.

Oh, never mind. You will not understand the freedom and innocence of your newbieness until they have been overtaken by weary cynicism.

But trust me, in three months you will look back on click here at posts you wrote and recall in a way you cant grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how witty you really were.

You are not as bitter as you imagine.

Write one thing every day that is on topic.


Dont be trollish in other peoples newsgroups.

Dont put up with people who are trollish in yours.

Update your virus software.

Sometimes your ahead, sometimes your behind.

The race is long and, in the end, its only with yourself.

Remember the praise you receive.

Forget the flames.

If you succeed in doing this tell me how.

Get a good monitor.

Be kind to your eyesight.

You'll miss it when its gone.

Maybe you'll lurk. maybe u wont.

Maybe you'll meet F2F maybe u wont.

Whatever you do dont congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either.

Your choices are half chance.

So are everybody elses.

Enjoy your internet access.

Use it every way you can.

Dont be afraid of it or what other people think of it.

Its a privilege, not a right.

Read the readme text even if you dont follow it.

Do not read UNIX manpages.

They will only make u feel stupid.

Get to know your fellow forum posters.

You never know when they'll be gone for good.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on.


Accept certain inalienable truths: Spam will rise. Newsgroups will flamewar. You too will become an oldbie.

And when you do, you'll fantasise that when u were a newbie, spam was rare, newsgroups were harmonious and people read the FAQs.

Read the FAQs.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those that supply it.

Advice is a form of nostalgia.

Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the logs, reformatting it and recycling it for more than its worth.

But trust me on the backups.

  mcds01 14:26 07 Sep 2004

"will look back on www. at posts" should of course read pcadvisor ;-)

  Friday's Child 15:53 07 Sep 2004

Sage advice indeed.

  Dorsai 19:04 07 Sep 2004

Or don't bother.

There is nothing on my PC valuable enough to be worth the bother of backing up. WinXp. Have the Disk. Firefox- can down load again. etc

Letter to Uncle saying thanks for the birthday card in 2002. etc.

A few piccy's taken on holiday least year (scanned in).

The rest...just dross.

  zootmo 20:38 07 Sep 2004

Good advice indeed, when I first started learning about computers I remember early on the lecturer saying "the three main things to know in computing are backup, backup, and backup the rest doesn't matter, do the rest after you've backed up"

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