When apps fail

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In the past month, a couple of problems have hit 2 different apps that I rely on to store some information.

The first time it happened, I simply shrugged it off and said to myself “Well, that’s just tough luck isn’t it?

The second time it happened (different app), I had to take a step back and think “What is wrong here? Is it the app, is it Apple or do I have a problem? Am I just too reliant on certain apps?


I had a chance to reflect more on the topic and I have come to the conclusion that I have a problem. People that sell apps, market the need to us, that’s their job. And along the same vein, it is my job to ask the question “Do I need this? What am I doing now to fix the problem? Is there even a problem? Or is it simply a want?I have clearly failed myself.

There are workarounds everywhere. In my situation, I could have used Google docs to save the information. That is how I used to solve the problem — until some flashy landing page convinced me that their solution was better.

Before Google docs, I used to save the information on a spreadsheet and email it to myself.

And before that I used to solve the problem with a notebook.

Clearly I need to fix the risk of losing information when I rely on apps to solve my problem.

But what happens when Google fails? Hmm..

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This post first appeared on my Medium channel. At the time of writing, I’m going through old spreadsheets and transferring information to Google docs. I am a learned man. I hope this does not ever happen to you. 

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