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Backing Up for a Moment

by Derrick Story
09/17/2001

Dear Reader,

There was this moment, late at night last week, when I found myself sitting quietly in front of my iMac watching it burn a CD. Now if you've ever cut a disc using Disc Burner, Apple's integrated CD authoring software, you know that this isn't really a visual experience. But I found it satisfying nonetheless.

My original intention that night was to write. But honestly, I didn't have it in me, so I burned discs, one after another. I backed-up the files, pictures, movies, and songs that are so important to me. I burned two discs for each set so I can store one at my studio and the other at my home office. After I finished, I felt a little better.

Then I ran across an e-mail from Teddie Pierce, a subscriber to this newsletter, reminding me of the Mac Computer Expo being held in Santa Rosa, CA this coming Saturday (http://www.ncmug.org/mce01/index.html). Santa Rosa is about an hour north of San Francisco, and it's really beautiful here this time of year.

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The Junior College, which is the site of the expo, greets you with majestic oak trees that are the legacy of one of our local claims to fame, Luther Burbank. The expo is free, and if you're in the Bay area, I encourage you to drive north and visit. Jason Snell will be speaking at the keynote, and overall, it will be a nice excuse to get out and visit with other Mac enthusiasts.

Regardless of where you reside, I hope you too have discovered activities that help you feel productive, even when you don't feel like doing a darn thing. Best of luck to you this week, in all of your pursuits.

Sincerely,
Derrick

Derrick Story
O'Reilly Network managing editor
derrick@oreilly.com

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