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Hey! Back Up A Little

by siegestate Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 08:55:24 AM EST

A few weeks ago, the New Year turned the corner, and in a few hours 2010 will be half over (272 hours and counting). The sun already is ticking to that solstice point.

Now is the time to decide whether you are going to let another significant unit of time go by without backing up your computer.

I have the same trouble some people write about. Several loose hard disks are laying about, partially filled and certainly not big enough for the main computer backup.

Perhaps a project to get them cleaned and combined will get me one clean disk by month's end.Hmmm. That's 10 days. Perhaps Helen's Unicorn will change colors to match the pistachio ice-cream fountain as well.


Instead of going for broke, flailing and failing against the ideal, how about just backing up that huge mail file? Certainly you can do that while making dinner...or if it is so large, letting it copy during the night.

Perhaps a dedicated hour of organizing could combine all the recent files into a CDs worth of storage.

The other extreme would be to follow the instructions that some comment responder give in this article: Windows 7: Can I create my own Windows 7 recovery disc without all the bloatware?. Of course, being a Mac guy, I wouldn't know about any of the recommended software, but I can say...if you make that backup, you will certainly never have to use it. But it will be worthwhile just for the comfort it gives you when you read or hear of someone else's woes.

Doctor, Medicine? you ask? Well, yeah. I did a complete back-up using Carbon Copy Cloner a couple weeks ago. But, I've got 40 years of computer mistakes under my tattered belt...that makes me a pro...or at least a consultant...I even made the supreme newbie mistake of simultaneously writing 4 chapters of a presentation this week, and was so into it that I bounced from one to the other as the different topic's ideas threw themselves at me...and didn't think to hit the SAVE button once. I even did a simultaneous re-formate of my mail files, and some other CPU and hard disk consuming debug tasks...it all went so well until that grey screen appeared telling me that I had to re-boot.

So, listen to me...I'm an expert.

Regardless, I use my computer for pro stuff that I can't afford to be without. So when I get on the plane for that convention next week, I'll have a DVD with my email and recent files with me, a mirror of the one left at home. (That's the theory anyway. I do it probably 80% of the time.

I also backup all my websites regularly, and keep a copy on that drive that lives in the somewhat fireproof safe in the other room. Since my sites are Joomla based, the backups are done with the Akeeba extension. I have had the experience which proves that their backups are a reliable (and amazing) way to replace a completely wiped out site in minutes.

So, Join the Back-Up a Little CampaignTM that will hopefully be a regular feature here at your home of usable tangents, eurotrib.com

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i have most of my data backed up. But my laptop is 3 years old now and so, when the HD crash comes, I shall simply get a new one.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 09:07:50 AM EST
My solution was to get a 1 TB outboard and the software to encrypt and compress. It took 50 hours to do the first full back up (previously the back up was spread over 4 x 250 gig outboards), but now it chugs away for a few seconds now and then. Like composting, my back up data now occupies only 27 giga.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 09:11:25 AM EST
It's one of those things people don't do until things have all gone badly wrong and they've lost everything.

Backups are really a learn through experience, experience.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 09:30:04 AM EST
"Real men don't backup. Real men cry."

- Coder's proverb

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 09:39:02 AM EST
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as external hard drives come cheaper and lighter and of bigger capacity as the time goes by and allegedly drop proof (like Transcend's) it's almost obligation today to back up all our files. I even did not have the heart to delete old scanning files of books (made by Finereader), despite their size (2-3 GB average for book and 9-10 GB if I scan coffee table books).
by FarEasterner on Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 09:53:59 AM EST
It is just sad the number of hard drives that I have, and all totally without organization. But, my main computer has everything from way back to forever. I bet if I looked that I would find a 20 year old copy of Photoshop.

Well, I'm glad to report that I am wrong. I must have gotten rid of it as upgrades came along, and then killed the last one that wouldn't work on an Intel device or something. Or maybe I remember feeling guilty about having a copy that was no longer my own...and I needed space, and since I really never use it anymore...

Anyway, this whole adventure of keeping up with files would make the worst time/motion study.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 02:40:31 PM EST
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Or mine, anyway!  

The Fates are kind.
by Gaianne on Sat Jun 19th, 2010 at 07:59:30 PM EST
I had to send some essays via email the other day, and the person wanted them in Word format.

I used to be able to make Word sing...and probably still could, but I don't use it anymore. But even doing this project in Pages, I realized how much I don't use word processors or print anymore.

One more reason for the rollers in the printer to harden up...they never get used. I'm sure I'll find out when I try to print some business cards for this week's convention.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Sun Jun 20th, 2010 at 06:54:12 AM EST
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Pages is still my primary work tool. I often start in Word because I love (have got very used to) the Outline feature - one of the best and simplest ways of organizing thoughts and pastes.

But what is weird is that a couple of the bigger ad agencies I work with, and their clients, send me stuff in ppt. Even voiceover scripts!

Nokia started it. Their HQ in Keilalahti, Espoo is still called 'Powerpoint Heaven'. Everything there is focused around the meeting rooms: long tables, an LCD projector and the screen. Almost the entire DNA of Nokia is in all those ppts, because they evolve, slides are dropped, bits become metafiles, groups add more depth (more slides) etc. Now it seems the marketing business is conducted through presentations.

There has long been a law in Finland (or a series of laws) that require the makers of TV programs, books, records, CDs magazines, brochures, radio tapes etc to file two copies with one of the archiving organizations. How this is going to work in a cloud, I don't know.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jun 20th, 2010 at 07:27:39 AM EST
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I dig Pages a lot and hope Apple makes some smart moves with it. So far the outlining sucks more time in repairing bad implementation and execution that crayolas on the sidewalk. And iWeb is an enticing toy, but with serious usability issues. I dare Steve Jobs to use it for an inter company document chore before the next big event.

But it shore is some pretty. And so is that Keynote application. I love designing in it. But there are some of those same outline issues. Somehow, they just won't finish the product.

And the trouble of stripping thing when transferred from Mac Pages and Mac Keynote to iPad Pages and Keynote is reprehensible.

For archiving, by the way, see AMPAS - The Digital Dilemma

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Mon Jun 21st, 2010 at 09:24:38 AM EST
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She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Jun 21st, 2010 at 11:18:18 AM EST
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