The language data for your software in use, for example the Paratext files for Scripture, all live in Wasta-Linux in a “normal” or standard place on your hard disk in the computer. If we leave everything alone, then you do not really need to know where these files actually live… your advisor needs to know this… but you can pretty much forget about this concern.
However, due to fire or theft, or computer break-down possibilities, it is still nice to get the language data copied onto some other media for safe keeping. The preferred way to do this is by a simple insertion of a USB memory stick into the USB hole in the side of your computer. The Wasta-Backup program will then take care of the rest. Your advisor should have already shown you how to do this, but these pictures might help you to remember.
Once the memory stick is inserted into the notebook, then this dialog box will pop up on your screen.
All you really have to do here is click the button “Backup” in the centre of this graphical box. Such boxes are called “dialog boxes” since the computer and its software are trying to talk to you, and give you instructions in a “dialog” of some sort.
After a minute or so, the Backup dialog box should look like this. Note the “Backup Complete” message at the bottom of the box.
That’s it! You have copied all your important data files, whether they be Paratext files, or Bloom literacy materials, or documents that you wrote to Parliament in Libre Office Word, or important email files (if you use the Thunderbird email program), or any spread sheets, or presentations…. it all got backed up onto the portable memory stick. You might want to have two memory sticks in case one gets lost or destroyed. You might have a third one that you send to your advisor from time to time in the mail, or by airplane.
To close the Wasta-Backup dialog, click the upper right hand corner “x” in the box, in the same manner as any other program you will encounter under Wasta-Linux.
Note that Paratext users have other methods of backing up their data, including on-line repositories if they have a Digicel or wireless modem to the telecom network. But mobile towers can go down for weeks, and smart-phones uses a modems can be stolen. It’s always a good idea with language data to have other methods of backing up. Please backup regularly to a USB stick, at least once a day. Also, this is really the only way to preserve or backup a letter that you may have written with Libre Office Writer.
Restore Lost Data Files
Normally there is no reason to restore lost data, but strange things do happen to computers from time to time.
Restoration of language data is a rather advanced topic for the Language Worker and is normally a task reserved for your “Language Consultant” or advisor that is helping you with your language program. It is mentioned here for completeness, but if you have recognized that somehow, presently, the language data files are in error or corrupted, then it would be a good idea for you to be personally trained. To find and restore the data back from the days when the data was correct can be complicated and basically one needs to search back in time to the place before the error or corruption occurred.
Wasta-Backup does “remember” your data and keeps a running history as you progress in your work. So, if a bad day occurred way back three weeks ago, and IF you have been doing daily backups onto a memory stick
(as you have been told to do), then it can be very easy to go back in time and restore the lost data to its former glory.