On Tuesday I boarded a flight from Minneapolis to Washington D.C. to attend the Google Teachers Academy (more on that later). Before I left, my BlackBerry Tour told me I needed a software update. Since I try to obey gadgets when they command me to do something, I obliged. After the captain of the plane told me that turning my phone on would no longer cause the air vessel to plummit to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, I turned my phone back on. Or at least tried to.
It completely crashed. Again.
The only thing that appeared on my phone was a white screen with the error message pictured above. This was the second time this has happened to me in the five months of owning the phone. Seeing as how I was no a stranger in a strange (but patriotic) land, this was completely unacceptable. How the heck was I supposed to navigate around the city and find my way to the conference I needed to be at? How would I enter contacts of teachers I met into my phone? Write things down with paper and pencil? Was the wheel just invented? What year is this anyway?
Needless to say when I hopped of the Metro line at the Farragut North station and marched to the nearest Verizon store, I was not happy. I pleaded to them to let me return the phone so I could get a Droid, but to no avail. The worst part of all of this was my lost contacts, over 354 of them thrown to the digital wastelands.
Or so I thought.
After I returned home, a bright idea struck me: didn’t I download Google Sync to sync up my Google calendar with my BlackBerry on my other phone(s)? It’s supposed to sync contacts too, right? Yes, yes it does. Very well I might add. I re-downloaded the sync app, and restored my contacts, all 354 of them.
Sync, to me, is a little like the extended warranty I bought on my car. I thought I would never need it, and then two months after owning it, the transmission blows out. The extended warranty ends up saving me over two thousand dollars. Many a time while using sync, I thought to myself, “why am I doing this? Is this ever going to be worth it?” Now I know, and knowing is half the battle.
I wish I would have had something like this after my laptop was stolen. Yes I could have saved my materials to our district’s server, but I need to be connected to the district to access them. I could have also backed them up on an external hard-drive, but even that is prone to failure too. I’m trusting the cloud more and more these days. Someday, that might come back to bite me in the butt, but for now, I will sing the praises of Google Sync to high heaven. Or, on all my connecting flights to Washington D.C., at least.