Poll: Do you have a backup or spare computer?
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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Yes, Apr 7, 2015

a couple with identical settings / programs - just in case.

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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One Apr 7, 2015

Yes, I have one old computer stashed away in a cupboard, just in case. A few years ago I was working on a rush job over the weekend and my computer crashed, so I had to call on the spare one.

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Yes Apr 7, 2015

2 PCs (one in Brussels, the other one in Lisbon, remotely connected through GoToMyPC) + 2 laptops (a new one + an old one hidden away somewhere)

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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Plenty of spare parts Apr 7, 2015

My desktop stands with the case wide open. A power screwdriver is at arm's reach, and I have plenty of parts around, still in working condition, so it's a matter of minutes to get it back to life.

I have an old SCSI scanner, a real speed demon, of the kind they don't make any more. However the last driver for it is compatible with Windows 98, and no later. Once I got a 400-page book to translate... in hard copy! It took me about three hours to gather the necessary 'junk', assemble a Pentium I - 233 MHz, install Win 98 and the scanner driver, and scan it entirely. Did OCR with my main computer, of course.


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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Yes ... Apr 7, 2015

I have two main computers (desktop and laptop) and also a spare laptop.

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Yes Apr 7, 2015

2 + 2 extra printers. I have learned the hard way.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Just 1 extra Apr 7, 2015

It's rather old and not terribly functional. I intend to fix one that needs a new hard drive so I'll have a decent back.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Yes, more than one Apr 7, 2015

Apart from my main PC, I have another desktop running W7 and Office 2010. I also have one laptop with W7 and Office 2013 recently installed - all in English, and another laptop running W7 and Office 2010 - all in Spanish. I originally bought the latter for a colleague to use instead of her Mac due to compatibility issues (and to save her lugging her own about) when collaborating with me, and most of the time I just use it linked up to the TV for entertainment purposes. This morning we used it to check some things in PoEdit, which has no spellcheck function AFAIK...

And backup PC is currently working as a radio player (BBC 6 Music) providing background music from the spare room....

[Edited at 2015-04-07 10:35 GMT]


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Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
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Chose 'Other' Apr 7, 2015

I had a desktop with a laptop as backup, but the desktop died recently leaving the backup as the main.

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DZiW
Ukraine
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Do diversify! Or malapropos! Apr 7, 2015

Not long ago I naively though that a decent UPS, a shared network resources, an extra RAID-storage, and regular backups would do... Nothing of the kind!

As it turns out, a minor 'timely' hardware conflict and a software issue--let alone a dedicated malware--can easily make a big job poof.

Indeed, now I have an extra LED-printer too)


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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Printers Apr 8, 2015

Yetta J Bogarde wrote:

2 + 2 extra printers. I have learned the hard way.


I have one deskjet printer (color), one black & white laser printer and one color laser printer

Am I obsessed or what?


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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A spare computer...or a computer you could spare? Apr 8, 2015

How easy it would be to change the question's meaning.




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Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
India
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Redundancy is a must in our business Apr 8, 2015

I have two desktops, several laptops and tablets, and a couple of smart phones. I have also pushed crucial files such as TMs, TranslationOffice backups and termbases into the cloud from where I can access them on any of my devices.

These have proved to be a life saver on several occasions.

I also have a paid (through the nose) service contract for my computers, as I have no alter ego like Jose as a hardware geek. The service provider is under strict instructions to attend to SOS calls within 24 hours and is kept under threat of instant termination of contract if he fails to comply.


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