Today is the first day of the month, the day in which I recommend you make a back up of all the files you feel are worth keeping. Actually, you should back them up much more frequently than monthly but I will suggest that monthly is the MAXIMUM time allowable between backups. Those at the Shafter Press in Shafter, California probably now feel the same. Unfortunately, they waited too long.
The building that housed the Shafter Press and Wasco Tribune was gutted by fire last week and the weekly newspaper lost more than its offices and some computers. It also lost more than half a century of the weekly newspaper's old issues and business records, one of the community's most tangible connections with its history. "It's a big part of who we are and you just hate to stand there and watch the flames go up in the air," said longtime Shafter City Manager John Guinn Friday. "Even people who have moved away from Shafter still rely on that weekly newsprint to stay connected to their roots."
The local library has copies of the Press on microfiche back to 1935 but there are gaps in that collection. Those gaps are now lost forever.
You can read more in an article by James Burger in the Bakersfield.com web site at http://goo.gl/bl68i
My thanks to Sidney Allen for telling about this story.
How old are YOUR backups?