Working single handed got me thinking – should there be individual continuity planning?

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to blog, I’ve new job, new commute ,
new bunch of other things too.

This week I’ve been forced to learn a new trick. Usually when we say single-handed, we mean by ourselves. But for me this last week has meant only using one arm and hand. Having suffered a fractured arm I’ve discovered that Microsoft Office is very difficult to use, single-handed. Luckily it’s my right arm that still works so I’m not that bad off.

By the way this blog post is coming to you from Apple dictation software. I didn’t know this existed until some people and hackerspace suggested I use it. That’s the Internet for you: there is always some great help awaiting. Or someone ready to mock you in the comments section.:-)

My question is could your business support somebody working from home for a week or more, somebody working from home with only the use of one arm? It’s amazing the things you can’t do with only one arm.
• Cell phone use is difficult, holding the phone and writing at the same time is almost impossible
• Does the laptop people use require two hands open?
• Does the OS not support dictation?
• Even control alt delete to login is very difficult with small hands if you can only use one of a lot of time

The new work uses Windows XP, this doesn’t have half accessibility features that Win7 or Win8 would have. It’s been very telling that silly things like using the control button quickly do up an addition in Excel. I even use my daughter to help me copy a glass from Excel into PowerPoint–I needed to use the shift key to select all the additional clipart and lines I had added.

Luckily I did have my laptop with me, luckily I do have a company that has excellent VPN support and most importantly–I have a leader that was okay with me working from home for last week.

We talk about BCP, and it’s very important. But what of those small-scale disasters? I can’t get in because I can’t drive to work? The times when people are sick and contagious? Or even the times and people break their arms trying to be healthy for running errands on their bike?

If a business can manage individual disasters at the small scale, the true BCP disasters–building fire, pandemic, or even the G 20 summit closing out the downtown core–have the basic foundation already built.

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Backup your computer, it’s too easy not to

I’ve been really busy the last two weeks between March Break family time and some other stuff. In the mean time here’s a friendly reminder that you need to back up your computer.

My own personal reminders are in the form of three (!!!) dead external hard drives that I have sitting in the basement staring back at me.

One word of advise – if you can knock an external drive onto the floor, your kids/mother-in-law will be sure to do so. If the plastic shell is cracked you’re in for some serious tinkering.

Currently my backup plan consists of an external drive and a combination of Apple Time Machine or MS SyncToy (part of the power toys pack that Microsoft had) that backup to the external NAS. My next step will be to add a second hard drive to the NAS and go full RAID 1 for my backup.

Some may feel that this is a bit over the top – but while I can always download my music and movies a second time, all the photos I have can’t be redone.

Anyways – here’s a primer article from lifehacker.com on there being no excuse in not backing up.