When Im not producing content for you here on TechProGuild,
one of the things I like to do is go out on the lake with my boat. Its not a
fancy yacht by any means. Its just a small 17.5 foot Bayliner motor boat. Ive
had it for a few years now and even though its never the biggest nor thefastest thing on the lake, it always gets the job done.
One of the things you learn early when boating is to make
sure to follow a procedure when getting ready to go out on the water. You want
to make sure you have all of the equipment on board and that everything isworking fine. If you dont, youll quickly have a bad day.
Recently, I took my father-in-law, whos also an avid boater,
out for the 2006 Maiden Voyage. Weve
both been boating long enough that setting up and getting ready has turned into
somewhat of a reflexive routine. We just do whats necessary to get the boat
ready, pop it in the water, and off we go.This time was no different almost.
We got everything ready and onboard with no problems. We backed the boat into the water, and while
on the trailer, I fired up the engine. Usually after sitting most of the
winter, it sputters and complains and never wants to start on the first try.
This time it fired up on the first crank with no problems. This was a very good
start indeed. I let the engine warm up a little bit and then backed the boat
off of the trailer. Thats when it hitme.
Did you put the plug in the back of the boat? I asked. "Ummmm. No
"Ummmm. No didnt you?
For non-boaters, theres a drain plug in the bottom of all
boats that allows you to drain water OUT of the boat at the end of your trip.
Normally, you leave the plug out when the boat is on the trailer and then ideally put the plug IN beforelaunching so the boat doesnt sink.
In the midst of all of the routine, both of us had forgotten this key step. We're both pretty experienced boaters and should have known better. But we just overlooked it.
Fortunately, we were able to get the boat back on the trailer and out
of the water before the water got TOO deep in the back. After a few minutes of
draining and then putting the plug in properly, we were off for a goodafternoon.
Its easy to fall into a routine and miss key steps when
doing things. This is especially true when it comes to IT. Even when youve done something a thousand times, its important to
careful procedure and go through things step-by-step. This is just as
important whether you're an experienced IT Professional or if
you're looking at a system for the first time. If you dont you,
could wind up with computer
viruses, spyware, malfunctioning software, or worse. You could even wind up at the bottom of a lake.
You cannever tell.