I’ve always been a fan (and happy consumer) of Apple products. They won me over with the iPod, an amazing advance to someone who’d listened to music on vinyl, 8-tracks and cassette tapes, or the more fragile CD. The idea that you could carry an entire music collection on one device, organize it and listen at will was the hook that got me.
Years of great devices later and I’m still a fan. Though a bit wiser one after the iTunes prices rose from the easy to spend $0.99 to the hold on a second $1.29. I felt a tad duped, but was so hooked in, had so much of my treasured music from this source that I swallowed the price increase and made my purchases with more selectivity.
And then Apple kept coming out with such amazing, colorful shiny things — my iPad mini is the best piece of technology I’ve ever owned. Whoever thought to put cameras (good ones now) in phones was an absolute genius.
So when this most recent blow was delivered by my beloved and trusted Apple, I felt the bite of reality. A little harder this time.
Like most of you, now that I’m hooked on (accustomed to?) having a phone within reach at all times, Apple has seen fit to supply (some would say force since you can’t remove them) us all with apps that some genius thought we needed. A compass. Tips. Weather.
While some are silly, the Health app that appeared one day didn’t seem so bad. Being the happy, health conscious customer that I am, I filled the app with my personal health details and 18 months worth of workout data. Sure it had a few quirks, but I used this app every day to track my progress. I stopped using pen and paper altogether. That app I wasn’t looking for quietly became a part of my everyday life.
Now that’s all fine, until in the space of an upgrade, all my precious, irretrievable workout data is gone. Eighteen months disappeared like that. Nowhere to be found despite that cloud everyone is always yammering about. Guess there wasn’t enough space up there for my daily walking totals. Too bad for me.
There’s an old saying that goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” That’s how I feel right now, and I’m going to be moving forward with that bit of wisdom tucked away in my brain.
Adopt with care and awareness. Backup before you upgrade — always. Don’t throw away that trusty pen, pad and paper just yet. Tech is shiny, cool, but not always reliable.