Some Lessons from a Crashed Hard Drive

After I read all I could on Money Saving Methods, I searched blog posts for some additional ideas, as I created my excel spreadsheet and began to implement my first online offer.

I was pleased as punch to find a blog post, that shared someone else’s hints/tips/helps for online offers. There was an example spread sheet to download, and some great tips that really saved my behind..

Sadly, I don’t know where that post is, now.  I can’t find it.  I’ve spent many hours searching and trying to remember the google juice querie that had it stand out, so clearly, before.

If you really want to test the strength of your brain power.. crash a hard drive.  All of the sudden, you will KNOW that your brain doesn’t work like a computer..

I’ve spent countless hours playing (or attempting to play) catch-up.

I never thought to list my mozilla add-ons that work (or that I used) with Flock.  I still can’t find one, that I use daily.  The icon is the letters URL and its a tiny url short cut for the browser toolbar.  You’d think this would be easy to find, again.  Not so, for me.

Del.icio.us saved me for many things that I needed to find, again.  I even have some secret categories, there, that help me just remember upcoming blog things..

The “do not share” box is my best friend.

One major lesson, that I’ve learned, is that when you are doing online offers, you must print to pdf all terms and conditions, because you will need them again.

The best way that I’ve found to do this, is to print them to pdf, and upload them to a free file sharing program, on the internet, like savefile.com. I just started a folder with the name of the offer (in my case it was 500 free gas) and uploaded the pdf files, of the terms and conditions and update screen shots.  I also added a copy of the working xls spread sheet.

There is a column, on my spreadsheet, for the link to the pdf terms and conditions. (One company, while on the phone, sent me to a site, that I had never seen before, to read their terms and conditions.  Even that disclaimer page did not say what they were saying, to me, on the phone, though.)

The other huge lesson I learned, was how wonderful Roboforms can be.. I simply can’t remember 8 million log-ins and passwords.  Everyone programs requirements differently and its not efficient to use the same password, everywhere. I think I’ve only had to work on a few passwords, that were not saved, yet, to Roboforms.

Now, I’m super thankful that I opted to pay for Roboforms ToGo for my flash drive.  I was able to reinstall Roboforms, from my back-up external hard drive, and just sync the files on my flash drive. It was one of the few easy things that I’ve experienced, in the last few weeks.

2 Responses to Some Lessons from a Crashed Hard Drive
  1. Carrie @ Moneysavingmethods.com
    October 6, 2008 | 7:52 pm

    I do a quick copy and paste of terms/conditions into Word then save into a folder for my online offer.

    But, you are definitely doing the right thing…I am glad you are saving copies of all those terms/conditions.

    You don’t need them that often, but when you do need them…you are most thankful you kept copies of them!!!

  2. Heidi @ Carolina Dreamz
    October 7, 2008 | 9:11 am

    Hey Carrie,

    You are so right.. but my biggie was that I didn’t understand saving them in a “cloud computing” way, off my hard drive, until it all crashed.. and then it was so nice to have them.

    The HD crashed the day after I printed and mailed in my final stuff. Amazing timing.

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Some Lessons from a Crashed Hard Drive

After I read all I could on Money Saving Methods, I searched blog posts for some additional ideas, as I created my excel spreadsheet and began to implement my first online offer.

I was pleased as punch to find a blog post, that shared someone else’s hints/tips/helps for online offers. There was an example spread sheet to download, and some great tips that really saved my behind..

Sadly, I don’t know where that post is, now.  I can’t find it.  I’ve spent many hours searching and trying to remember the google juice querie that had it stand out, so clearly, before.

If you really want to test the strength of your brain power.. crash a hard drive.  All of the sudden, you will KNOW that your brain doesn’t work like a computer..

I’ve spent countless hours playing (or attempting to play) catch-up.

I never thought to list my mozilla add-ons that work (or that I used) with Flock.  I still can’t find one, that I use daily.  The icon is the letters URL and its a tiny url short cut for the browser toolbar.  You’d think this would be easy to find, again.  Not so, for me.

Del.icio.us saved me for many things that I needed to find, again.  I even have some secret categories, there, that help me just remember upcoming blog things..

The “do not share” box is my best friend.

One major lesson, that I’ve learned, is that when you are doing online offers, you must print to pdf all terms and conditions, because you will need them again.

The best way that I’ve found to do this, is to print them to pdf, and upload them to a free file sharing program, on the internet, like savefile.com. I just started a folder with the name of the offer (in my case it was 500 free gas) and uploaded the pdf files, of the terms and conditions and update screen shots.  I also added a copy of the working xls spread sheet.

There is a column, on my spreadsheet, for the link to the pdf terms and conditions. (One company, while on the phone, sent me to a site, that I had never seen before, to read their terms and conditions.  Even that disclaimer page did not say what they were saying, to me, on the phone, though.)

The other huge lesson I learned, was how wonderful Roboforms can be.. I simply can’t remember 8 million log-ins and passwords.  Everyone programs requirements differently and its not efficient to use the same password, everywhere. I think I’ve only had to work on a few passwords, that were not saved, yet, to Roboforms.

Now, I’m super thankful that I opted to pay for Roboforms ToGo for my flash drive.  I was able to reinstall Roboforms, from my back-up external hard drive, and just sync the files on my flash drive. It was one of the few easy things that I’ve experienced, in the last few weeks.

2 Responses to Some Lessons from a Crashed Hard Drive
  1. Carrie @ Moneysavingmethods.com
    October 6, 2008 | 7:52 pm

    I do a quick copy and paste of terms/conditions into Word then save into a folder for my online offer.

    But, you are definitely doing the right thing…I am glad you are saving copies of all those terms/conditions.

    You don’t need them that often, but when you do need them…you are most thankful you kept copies of them!!!

  2. Heidi @ Carolina Dreamz
    October 7, 2008 | 9:11 am

    Hey Carrie,

    You are so right.. but my biggie was that I didn’t understand saving them in a “cloud computing” way, off my hard drive, until it all crashed.. and then it was so nice to have them.

    The HD crashed the day after I printed and mailed in my final stuff. Amazing timing.

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