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Baby Tiana’s Recovery is Denise Van Outen’s Most Unmissable Moment

Babt Tiana

Some moments in life are truly unmissable. A child’s first steps, a 21st birthday or the time you met Brad Pitt are just the sort of things that you want to capture on film and treasure forever.

But if those pictures exist only on your camera, they’re just one hard-drive crash away from being wiped indefinitely. That’s why backing them up is so important.

Mozy recently ran its Unmissable Moments competition, judged by TV star and celebrity mum Denise Van Outen, to find the baby photo that mums would miss most if anything happened to it.

Denise selected a photograph entered by Lisa King as the winner. It captures a very special moment between her and her daughter Tiana, after Tiana underwent her third life-saving heart operation.

Denise, proud mum to baby Betsy, said: “This is such a touching moment between mother and daughter, it brought a tear to my eye. Tiana is a very brave little girl. After three heart operations she has proved to be a little fighter. This is a memorable picture to be treasured forever. I wish her a happy and healthy future.”

The winner, Lisa King said: “I was so excited to be told that my photo had been chosen by Denise Van Outen in the Mozy unmissable moments competition. My photo shows Tiana in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit when she was nine months old in Great Ormond Street Hospital after surviving her third operation. It is one of our most precious photos ever. I am pleased to say Tiana has recovered well since but will require more surgery in the future. Thank you so much Denise for picking our photo and for the kind words.”

The public voted this photo and five others as finalists, with the competition receiving over 30,000 votes in total.

The five other finalists in the competition were: Lisa Dempster, Kylie Martin, Nicola Reynolds, Loraine Bown, and Sarah Casey.

Backup more important than times tables say British teachers

Not so long ago, every school child in the country could expect a September trip to the stationers to stock up on coloured pencils, ink cartridges and bizarre geometry sets that did something complicated an mathematical.

However, kids today scoff (in a derisory rather than tuck-shop fashion) at these antiquated tools of the past, with 78 per cent of teachers demanding homework is done on a computer.

As a result, in a survey of 500 teachers, Mozy found that the three things that teachers thought would be least useful to kids in the next five years were:

• Access to a public library
• A fountain pen
• Times tables

For the school kids of the techno generation, the future involves a different type of back-to-school shopping, with teachers saying that, in the next five years, the top three tools that kids will need are:

• Internet access
• Software to protect their work – such as antivirus and online backup
• A dictionary

Other tools like calculators, encyclopaedias and protractors are also to be consigned to the rubbish bin with less than a fifth of teachers rating any of these as essential tools for homework in the coming years.

The best thing about this is that backup is free – or it is with Mozy if you click here. Which leaves us with just one problem: how do you carve your name on your ruler without a compass?

Calculators - consigned to history (but not history lessons)

Calculators - consigned to history (but not history lessons)

Miss, a lion ate my homework

In a world where free online backup means that anyone can protect their work and access it from anywhere, you’d think that the days of kids using excuses like ‘the dog ate my homework’ would be a thing of the past.  Yet, new research from Mozy showed that 60 per cent of pupils still try to blame the family pooch for not being able to hand in their work.

Even so, 72 per cent of teachers said that pupils were getting more creative with their excuses and coming up with increasingly extravagant reasons for not finishing their assignments.
We asked 1,000 kids what excuses they’d invented and here is a list of some of the more bizarre…

  • My dog had a pee on it
  • My mum sheared it
  • It accidentally got put on the bonfire
  • My horse ate it
  • My niece was sick on it
  • I couldn’t hear you when you set it
  • The dog spilt cake on it
  • I sprayed it with deodorant and the chemicals shrivelled the paper
  • I dropped it in the bath
  • I put it in the fridge so that I would remember it when I got the milk out for my cereal in the morning… but I had toast instead
  • My chinchilla weed on it
  • I accidentally did a poo on it
  • I was by the window when I was doing it and it blew away when I went to get a glass of squash
  • A snail ate it
  • I was walking through the park when a bee stung me so I ran to save myself and dropped my homework
  • I dropped it in a river and it was carried away by the current
  • My goldfish ate it
  • I was on holiday in Martorg on Mars when the assignment was set
  • My house caught fire
  • My cat ate it – and then threw up on my spare copy
  • I left it on the kitchen worktop and it must have stuck to a ready meal before it went into the microwave because the next time I saw it, it was burned to my placemat
  • My grandma took it on holiday
  • The letters on my keyboard got stuck so all it says is eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
  • My cat broke my keyboard
  • My silly brother drew on it
  • I couldn’t get home to do my homework last night as there are really bad road works at the moment
  • My sister was sick on it
  • A pigeon pooed on it
  • It was stolen
  • I died
  • My family was really hungry and we ate it
  • A lion took it
  • Someone mugged me and took it
  • It was confiscated by airport security

Back in the real world, the research uncovered that half of all the kids polled had genuinely lost their homework due to a technical error on their computer.  So, to keep homework loss purely fictional, Mozy offers everyone 2GB of free back up – that’s enough to back up about 80,000 two-page Word documents.  Just click here to get Mozy.



Whoops! Sorry Mum!

The trouble with personal computers is that, in the modern home, they aren’t always that personal. Many of us share computers with our families or friends – whether that’s just jumping on your partner’s work laptop to check your mail before they log off for the night or having a computer in the family room that all the children use.

But letting your little darlings use your computer can open a Pandora’s box of nightmares to attack your digital life.

Five things kids do that are guaranteed to drive you mad:

1) Seeing if they can fit a hobnob in the DVD tray
2) Gluing random keys down with dried-up Kia-ora
3) Adding 300 Justin Bieber videos to your youtube favourites
4) Downloading a ‘free music’ .exe file and being surprised that it’s a virus
5) Accidentally deleting your ‘personal finances’ folder just after you’d managed to work out which bills absolutely-positively have to be paid this month

The good news is, for all of these, help is at hand. For tips on how to introduce your kids to using your computer safely, visit getsafeonline. For everything else, there’s Mozy.

Having an online backup solution that lets you simply restore all your files to the way they were before the kids logged on can save you a lot of stress. So, if you’d rather be pulling your files back than pulling your hair out, why not see if a backup solution suits you?