If I ever have a kid, I will constantly tell him/her these three things.
- Don't smoke - your grandfather will love you less if you smoke.
- I'm putting you on birth control at 16 (or I'll start buying you condoms at 16).
- As soon as you own a laptop, back up every four weeks.
There really isn't more to life past those statements.
I've had my external hard drive for a few years now and I back up at least once a month. And even though I own that device, there's always the thought in my mind that something could happen to it.
I recently learned that there are ways in which you can back up online now (I realize I'm probably the last one on earth to lear this, calm down) and I'm likely going to make this my next move. The one that I hear about the most has been Backblaze since it's $5/month or $50/year. Maybe it's just me, but that seems amazing. Definitely gonna do this.
You can find out more about it over here.