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Minor Setbacks

I fried the motherboard on my laptop last week which means I’ve been crippled since. My first problem is my loss of my passwords. I use roboform to help me store all my passwords (almost 300 of them) so when I lost that I found that I had a hard time getting anywhere or anything done.

Most places will send you your password via email but without my computer I had to rely on web based mail, which I did not have the password for either. After several attempts I finally was able to “find” the right password and was able to log in, but the webmail web mail system was malfunctioning. I have up for the night.

The system was fixed the next day so I got in to check my email. I use a client-side spam filter called cloudmark. This is great for filtering spam, I hardly ever notice I get any, but going web based I had to sort through incredible amounts of junk. Undoubtedly I inadvertently deleted some genuine emails.

I know, I need to use the server side spam filters as well, but I don’t trust those. With cloudmark I can check my spam box at any time right there in outlook. Server side spam filters scare me, especially considering one web host I used (Go Daddy) automatically filtered out many genuine business emails and I was told there is no lower setting for their spam filters. That was a short-lived relationship!

Most of my daily tasks lists are also on my local hard drive so I lost all that information as well (at least temporarily). Luckily almost all of my local hard drive information is backed up to a server, but in a place that’s hidden. I guess I need to un-hide that so I can pull my files if this ever happens again.

Right now I’m working from a secondary computer but it really screws me up because all the settings are different. I should have my laptop back in a couple of days and everything will be screaming again soon. And, of course, now that I’ve recovered my passwords, bookmarks and (almost) everything else, I’ll be blogging.

Oh, I normally use the spellcheck extention in FireFox but since I have so far been to lazy to download it on this temporary machine I used the Google toolbar’s (for FireFox) spell check feature. Yeah, I miss my regular settings!

Stoney G deGeyter

Stoney deGeyter is the author of The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!. He is the founder and CEO of Pole Position Marketing, a web presence optimization firm whose pit crew has been velocitizing websites since 1998. In his free time Stoney gets involved in community services and ministries with his “bride enjoy” and his children. Read Stoney’s full bio.

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