Another excellent blog post
There was one section of the original Mat Honan article
that seems to give two more lessons but I'm not sure I fully understand them:
"I had done some pretty stupid things. Things you shouldn’t do.
I should have been regularly backing up my MacBook. Because I wasn’t doing that, if all the photos from the first year and a half of my daughter’s life are ultimately lost, I will have only myself to blame. I shouldn’t have daisy-chained two such vital accounts — my Google and my iCloud account — together. I shouldn’t have used the same e-mail prefix across multiple accounts — [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected] And I should have had a recovery address that’s only used for recovery without being tied to core services.
How do you create email accounts that aren't daisy chained?
What does he mean by a "recovery address"? Which service provider would you use because normally you must provide another email address to open a new account for validation purposes. So don't they inevitably become linked?