11 February 2013

Backup often, starting now

“Backup regularly” has just had a new win.

Behold, a letter informing a creditor that there was no reason to believe that any of half a million dollars could be collected from a debtor who had gone through a mental breakdown etc.

Behold, another letter thanking a mother-in-law for providing the final payments on a house initially bought with half a million dollars “mistakenly” paid into their own accounts by said debtor, as they had so directed.

Oops!

Yes, some of the paperwork has “mysteriously” disappeared from separately kept, ordered files. The banks are obliged to keep records for long enough that said disappearance will not be permanent. If you find yourself in a hole, the obvious next step is to stop digging. Evidently, they didn’t.

Your sysadmin backing up often means that there are times when documents you have forged and forgotten to/been too careless or lazy to delete or overwrite by the time a backup happens may (have, in many cases) come back to haunt you.

I am becoming increasingly glad that honesty is my only policy. I have no pressing need to remember exactly what I said to anybody at any particular instant.

1 comment:

brett nevill said...

Don't quite get this one.