- The device isn’t working.
Try turning it off and on again.
- The device is working, but not consistently.
Try updating all OS and other software.
- The device won’t turn on at all.
Try unplugging it for an hour. Then plugging it in for a full charge.
- The device lost my data.
Try living with a great sense of suspicion and mistrust, and always make backups. (Seriously, this is the best advice I have. Sorry, but there is no consistent magic for data, do not trust that it will always be recoverable.)
- I forgot my password.
Try living with a great sense of suspicion and mistrust, and always make little notes for yourself like a detective in case you need to retrace your password steps. Or have a recovery email. Or a trusted friend to help.
Mel Bryce has lived and worked in the Kootenays for over a decade. She takes her coffee black, and still supports Nvidia graphics cards.