Do You Know How to Prepare for a Computer Crash?

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The computer has changed the way we do business and work. So when a computer crashes, it becomes nearly impossible to work.

This is what happened when I woke up last Friday morning and my computer wouldn’t boot. After a couple of blue screens, I determined I’d need to take it in for repair. The problem for me is that as a freelance writer, blogger and online entrepreneur, nearly all my work is done online. Without a computer, I wouldn’t be able to work and make a living.

Even if your business or job isn’t 100% virtual, a crashed computer can severely impact your ability to work. Here are some tips to preparing for and surviving a computer crash.

Preparing for Computer Doom

The best way to survive a disaster is by being prepared. Here’s how to be prepared for when your computer crashes:

1) Back-up your computer on a regular basis. Backing up your computer means you have all your documents safely stored in case they can’t be retrieved off the crashed computer. Ideally, back-up to an external drive or online storage service, which makes your information easier to retrieve and restore to your computer (as opposed to backing up on your computer).

2) Have a back-up computer ready to use. A week ago I went out of town, so I pulled out my laptop, updated everything and added resources I’d need to work while I was away from my desktop. Thank goodness I did because now I have a slow, but useable computer to work with while my PC is being repaired. From now own, I’ll be sure to keep everything up-to-date on the laptop so I can easily resume working, if necessary, in the future.

3) Keep your serial numbers with your software in case you need to install programs on a back-up computer. The audio editing software I use for my podcast isn’t on my laptop, but I have the software disk and the all serial numbers filed together. If you download software, make a backup copy of the install file and the email with any passwords or serial numbers needed to install and activate the software. If your computer can’t be restored and instead is reset, you’ll need these to re-install all your software.

4) Use Web-based services that aren’t dependent on a specific computer. I’m working on a book. For the most part, I write on my desktop (the one that crashed). But on occasion, I like to work at the local java joint, so instead of saving the document on my PC, I save it to Drop Box. Now I can easily access the document on my other computer. My blogs and websites are built on WordPress. I use Gmail and Google Calendar. All of these resources are Web-based, allowing me to work anywhere I can get online.

Surviving a Computer Crash

A computer crash can seem like the end of the world, especially if much of your income is dependent on your ability to get online. Here are tips to making the best of a bad situation:

1) Don’t panic (unless you’re not prepared). If you’ve done the steps above, a computer crash is just a hassle, not a disaster. As annoying as it is, you don’t need to waste time freaking out. If you’re not prepared, it will be difficult not to panic, but you still want to stay calm. It’s difficult to problem solve if you’re thinking doom and gloom. Staying calm will help you think clearly on the next step.

2) Try to undo the last thing you did. Depending on what you’re computer is doing, sometimes undoing the last thing you did will get the computer running again. Or, use your PC’s restore feature to reset the computer back to a time before the problem occurred. If you have a blue screen or can’t get to any programs that would let you make changes, don’t try anything unless you’re a tech expert.

3) Get help. Most people I know who have had to take their computers in for repair were without their computers for at least a week. My estimated repair time is two weeks. If I didn’t have a back-up laptop, I’d be scrambling right now (see above on being prepared). The point is, the sooner you get help, the sooner you’ll be back up and running. Before your computer goes bad is the best time to research computer tech companies. Once something goes wrong, get in touch with your expert right away to get the computer running again.

4) Make a plan to get your work done. Your boss or clients will sympathize with your problem, but they also expect you to get your work done. A computer crash isn’t an acceptable excuse for a professional. For example, I do a podcast interview each week. Fortunately, the names, dates and times, and email of each week’s guest are on my Web-based calendar. Unfortunately, their bio and other items I need to do the interview were downloaded to my crashed PC-based email. The answer is that I’ll ask for the bio and material again when I email to confirm the interview. Find a way to get the materials and resources you need to get your work done. If you don’t have a back-up computer, go to the library or see if a friend has a spare one (you’d be surprised how many people have old computers sitting around).

Like death and taxes, a crashed computer is inevitable at some point. But you can minimize the impact by being prepared and taking action when your computer goes on the fritz.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Titanfall 2 to Blame for EA Share Crash: Analyst

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Titanfall 2 to Blame for EA Share Crash: Analyst


  • In video games, like Hollywood, it’s tough to repeat past hits
  • EA may have erred by Titanfall 2 so close to a new Call of Duty
  • Titanfall 2 features mechanized titans fighting in a futuristic world

The video-game designers who gave birth to the hit Call of Duty franchise are finding it’s hard to outgun their own creation.

Titanfall 2, released Friday, was designed by Jason West and Vince Zampella, who developed Call of Duty for Activision Blizzard Inc. Sales of the new title fell short of one analyst’s forecast, in part because of competition from Call of Duty. That sent shares of Electronic Arts Inc., which released Titanfall 2, to their biggest loss in almost nine months.

Doug Creutz, an analyst at Cowen & Co., cut his sales forecast for the new Titanfall by a third to six million units, based on tracking of purchases at Inc. The projection suggests that in video games, like Hollywood, it’s tough to repeat past hits, particularly in a crowded market.

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Electronic Arts “appears to have wound up shooting its own foot off,” Creutz wrote in a note Friday.Electronic Arts, based in Redwood City, California, fell 4 percent to $79.45 at the close in New York. The stock was up 20 percent this year through Thursday. Activision, based in Santa Monica, California, fell less than 1 percent to $43.32.

Creutz lowered his rating on Electronic Arts to market perform from buy and cut his target price for the shares to $82 from $96.

Although Titanfall 2 scored with critics, Electronic Arts may have erred by releasing the first-person shooter game so close to a new Call of Duty due out November 4 and Battlefield 1, another Electronic Arts title that was released last week, Creutz said. Call of Duty was the top-selling video game in the US last year.

(Also see: Everything You Need to Know About the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Beta)

Dusty Welch, the chief operating officer of West and Zampella’s design studio, Respawn Entertainment, said he was pleased with the release.

“The team here at Respawn poured their hearts into this game, and we’re happy to see that hard work pay off not only through overwhelmingly positive reviews, but also by the response from our fans,” he said in an e-mailed statement.

Titanfall 2 features mechanized titans fighting in a futuristic world. Unlike the previous title in the series, Titanfall 2 is available for Sony’s PlayStation 4 console as well as for Microsoft’s Xbox One. It’s also available for the first time a single player game.

West and Zampella were fired by Activision in 2010. They later sued for past-due royalties in a case that was settled out of court. Their first title in their new series, 2014’s Titanfall, was a hit for Electronic Arts.

John Reseburg, a spokesman for Electronic Arts, declined to comment on the forecast, citing the quiet period companies typically adhere to before releasing earnings. Electronic Arts is scheduled to report fiscal second-quarter results on November 1.

© 2016 Bloomberg L.P.

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Young computer geek Grant Manser admitted the charges

A babyfaced computer geek designed programmes which helped cyber-hackers crash 224,000 websites around the world .

Grant Manser created the damaging software from his bedroom and sold it on the ‘dark web’ to customers around the globe for as little as £4.99, a court heard.

The then 16-year-old’s “stresser” program worked by bombarding websites, servers and email addresses with so much information they crashed.

Among the victims were companies, schools, colleges and government departments,the Birmingham Mail reported .

Manser, now aged 20, from Pear Tree Close, Kidderminster, pleaded guilty to six charges under the Computer Misuse Act and four under the Serious Crime Act.

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Judge Nicholas Cole sentenced Manser to two years youth detention suspended for 18 months with the requirement to perform 100 hours unpaid work and also pay £800 costs.

But he was spared jail after the judge accepted that he only did it for financial gain and was “young and naive”.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how Manser’s scheme operated over a four year period between January 2012 and November 2014.

The case was heard at Birmingham Crown Court

Raj Punia, prosecuting, said the defendant was arrested at the family home in November 2014 by officers from the Regional Cyber Crime Unit and computer equipment seized.

It was found to contain four systems called Dejabooter, Vexstresser, netspoof and Refinedstresser, known in the computer world as DOS – “denial of service” software.

When deployed these DOS programs flooded a chosen website, server or email address with so much data they could not cope, causing them to temporarily crash.

Manser sold the software via the ‘dark web’ – the hidden internet only used for criminal purposes – at prices ranging from £4.99 to £20.

Miss Punia said Manser had 12,800 registered users and, of these, just under 4,000 had bought DOS packages. They had then carried out 603,499 attacks on 224,548 targets.

One UK victim was Harrogate and Hull College which saw its entire computer network crash for 14 hours after a disgruntled student brought one of Manser’s packages because he was unhappy at being kept behind for detention.

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Miss Punia said Manser accepted payment by PayPal and had a turnover of £50,000 during the period he was operating.

She said although it was widely acknowledged that “stresser” programs could be used legitimately by companies to test their own vulnerability, in this case Manser’s software was “only designed for illegal criminal purposes”.

By the time he was arrested, Manser’s business was doing so well he had started to advertise for staff.

The programme helped cyber-hackers crash 224,000 websites around the world

During police interviews, the teenager said he had got the idea after working for someone in the United States and seeing how much money he made from the scheme.

Among the victims his customers targeted were companies, councils and government departments across the world, including Poland, France, other EU countries, the United States and the Netherlands.

Jamie Baxter, defending, said his client only designed and sold the systems to make money. “He is not a hacker, the system doesn’t take or hack any information from the websites being attacked,” he said.

And he said he had built safeguards into the program to ensure that organisations on a “blacklist” were not attacked. These included banks, any healthcare organisation, the police and the FBI.

“He was only 16 when he started to do this and it was his immaturity and naivety which led him to commit these offences,” Mr Baxter said.

His client had not spent the £50,000 extravagantly, but on updating his computer equipment and also on his hobby of his motorbike.