I’ve made many mistakes with technology. I’ve lost files due to not backing them up, I’ve edited the wrong versions of my articles because I didn’t have a good strategy for saving iterations of files, and I’ve had those awful moments where my printer ink runs out (which only ever happens when time is of the essence, of course).
Because of these failures, I’ve developed a set of backup practices and I always keep several of spare printer cartridges. Of course technology still fails sometimes (like my server crashing during the middle of a technology talk–ugh), but I think I’m generally prepared for that now.
In that vein, one of my colleagues created a list of helpful links for those who want to become more tech savvy about backing up their files and learning computer shortcuts. It seems worth sharing here, for those of you who are also eager to learn better tech practices.
Download “Basic Technology Advice for Faculty” as a PDF