Last year someone posted somewhere about a program in STLab (Ghost something…?) doing a daily maintenance of the computer they were working on (at like, 4am), and erasing their work. Save your papers to Dragon while you’re working.
Yes, the program is called Symantec Ghost. It’s a hard drive imaging program that keeps the computers from getting too sick. When it runs, it erases everything stored on the local computer’s hard drive. Everything. Fortunately, Dragon is not on the local computer’s hard drive, so as long as you save your paper to dragon, not to the desktop, you should be good. On a PC, your dragon directory is automatically mounted as the H drive, so you can just save it there like it was a hard drive. On a mac it’s slightly more complicated, but still worth it.
I’m not sure what exactly the schedule is for running Ghost, but I think it’s like once a month for each computer or something. They really should suspend it during reading/finals week.
EDIT2: Dragon is basically a gigantic hard drive on the 5th floor of the science center where you can store data. You can access it from anywhere on campus, or anywhere off campus with VPN, and it gets backed up daily, so it’s very unlikely to lose your data. You can use it for all kinds of things, like if you’re giving a powerpoint presentation in class, just save it to your dragon account, log into the computer in the classroom with your wesleyan id and password, and then just go to the H drive (on a pc) and it’s right there. In this case, however, the main reason to use dragon is to not get your paper accidentially deleted at 4am. You could also save to a usb flash drive.
Anybody else know stuff?