Date: Tuesday, August 2nd, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Danbury Hospital Robilotti Conference Center
Presenter: John F. Adams
DACS is excited to have back John Adams, instructor at Danbury’s Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute, this time to talk about backup and recovery. He last visited us in January with an excellent presentation on Wi-Fi security for our in-home and business needs.
It’s probably one of those things you don’t worry about until it’s too late. One day your computer’s hard drive will fail. Even an SSD (solid state drive) can fail, although that might take longer. Or some malware might take over and corrupt your system, or heaven forbid, hold your files for ransom. Or maybe the upgrade to that spiffy new operating system doesn’t go so well and you need to get back to something working and familiar. In order to recover from any of these scenarios you will need to have made a backup. John will explain how important this is.
By the way, do you have all those nice photos on your phone transferred to your computer or uploaded to a cloud drive or website? Because someday your smartphone might stop working, or get lost or stolen. Are you starting to worry yet?
What are your options for backing up data? Should you have a local backup and/or back up to the cloud? John will explain your options no matter whether your computer is a PC running Windows, a Mac, or you’re running Linux. How do you set up and perform a backup? How often should you back up? Can you automate the process? All these questions will be answered.
Say you are one of the few that have a backup handy when disaster strikes? How should you proceed to recover your system and/or your data? Find out at the August general meeting.
John Adams is an instructor at Ridley-Lowell in their Information Technology Program. He has over 25 years of experience with HTML coding, web server/site management, networking, scripting, and hardware troubleshooting and repair. He is a proponent of open-source software, as you can read in this blog article of his.
John actually began working with computers at the age of 5, after his parents purchased a Tandy 1000EX computer for the family. By age 7 he was writing small programs in Basic and at age 12 he assembled his first computer for use in middle school. He attended Henry Abbott Tech and completed the Manufacturing Technology program in 2001 with a focus on Computerized Numerical Control and recognition for academic performance in Math and Science. John attended Ridley Lowell in the fall of 2013 and graduated in the summer of 2014. He was the first student at the Campus to become COMP TIA(r) A+ Certified prior to graduation. He was asked to return as an instructor for the school shortly after graduating, and within his first year rose to the position of Lead Instructor for the Danbury Campus as well as the Systems and Network Administrator.
DACS General Meetings are free and open to the public. Members and prior attendees are encouraged to extend invitations to anyone interested in this topic.
General meetings are held at Danbury Hospital and in August we expect to be in the Robilotti Conference Center, across the hall from the hospital auditorium. There is plenty of free parking in the guest parking garage adjacent to the auditorium.