It is that time of the year again. Not Halloween, Thanksgiving, shopping season, or the holidays, it is the season for the Top 10 Data Disasters from Kroll Ontrack. As I gather stories and collect votes internally, I cannot help but reflect on some of the technology disasters I have heard from friends and family. For example, “I washed my cell phone in a pair of jeans” or “I had my laptop open on the airplane and the guy in front of me slammed his seat down and broke my screen” and “my phone fell out of my shirt pocket while picking candy up at a parade.” Since we take our technology everywhere with us, a lot of strange and/or tragic things tend to happen to it. I know I have heard several stories from accidents to sabotage. Have you?
I have the added benefit of working in customer service for a cell phone company in college, so there are a lot of stories I can share. One tip when carrying your cell phone, don’t carry it in your shirt pocket. I have heard several stories of phones ending up in water that way. I had one guy who was washing his car and his cell phone fell out of his pocket into a bucket of soapy water. Living in Minnesota, I received several calls each winter of cell phones falling into ice fishing holes. No one that I know of has been able to retrieve their phones from the icy water. As my husband tells me, “You are either fishing, or phoning, but you can’t do both.”
Whether it is minor or major damage, lost data or not, we all have stories or have heard stories of the disasters people have had happen to their technology. We want to hear your Top Technology Disaster Story. Look for this post on our Facebook page and add a comment with your story. Feel free to add a photo too, if available.
We will take all of your stories and do an internal vote. The top 5 stories will then be posted to this blog and our Facebook site next week so the world can vote on the top story.