The most dreaded words in modern society - the computer is down.
Mine is down, again. I guess it wants a vacation because it keeps turning itself off. It had done this during tax season but my helpful tech guy was able to change out the fan and get me through the rest on the season. But on Friday, it quit and wouldn't stay on. I thought being off all weekend would give me some work time this morning. No such luck. It stayed on long enough to let me run a backup to MozyPro then it died.
Not a good time for this to be happening. However, at least it's better than the first week in April. I do have some returns to work on including a Form 990 for a tax-exempt organization. With luck, my system will be back up in a couple of days and I can catch up quickly.
With a couple of iPads and my Mac, I'm not total without computer power. I just can't do tax returns.
This downtime has made me rethink the whole cloud thing. There is talk that Drake Software (my tax software) would be offering an option where the software would be in the cloud and I would prepare taxes from there. I had been against it for me. My internet has been too problematic since I had to switch to Uverse. The last thing I wanted was losing my connection in the middle of preparing a return with the client sitting at the desk.
But if I could have both worlds, software on my computer that regularly syncs with my account in the cloud I might consider it. The way iCloud Drive sync my Mac, iPhone and iPads. That way I wouldn't have to tell a client that I would be happy to help her with the simple form the state sent her but would she please bring in her copy of the return because I can't access mine and I need the numbers off it.
In a few days, my system will be back and I can catch up. And I'll have a better computer since we are going to take the down time to give it a check up and expand the memory. In the meantime, I'll have to make due with writing blog posts on a iPad and catching up on my reading.
P.S. Posting to the blog from the iPad is not a good solution.