New Computer = New Backups

At the beginning of June, I got a new computer. It was high time: Enna is more than four years old now, and she’s pretty sluggish, and Windows XP is getting just a tiny bit outdated, though I preferred it to Vista. The new machine is a thing of beauty: a 17.3” ASUS G72GX with 6 GB RAM and a bunch of other drool-inspiring specs, plus flash gamer details like a backlit keyboard (the Ur-Guru … [Read more...]

Mapping Your Backups

Last week (it feels like last year, because I wrote that post in advance, unlike this one, which I am writing at the last minute) I wrote about the effective combination of WP-DB-Backup and WordPress Backup from Blog Traffic Exchange. These two plugins send backups by e-mail on a weekly basis. Given that I have (pause to count on fingers) five WordPress sites of my own (two for the Podcast Asylum, … [Read more...]

Twice as Fast May Be Fast Enough for Memeo: FileSlinger™ Backup Reminder 11-07-08

Once in a while when I test a backup product for this Reminder, I get anomalous results. The anomaly usually takes the form of bizarrely slow performance. The causes are hard to pinpoint, but my chief suspect is conflicts with existing backup software, especially those that support open and locked files, or with some other background program. I seem to have an inordinately large number of programs … [Read more...]

Backing Up Social Networks, Part 1: FileSlinger™ Backup Reminder 03-21-08

I've been using del.icio.us profligately in the last six months or so. It's a handy way to keep track of things I want to read, and things I want other people to read. But it suddenly occurred to me yesterday that whereas my Firefox bookmarks get backed up along with the rest of my critical data thanks to Karen’s Replicator, I had no backup of my del.icio.us bookmarks. It turns out that it's just … [Read more...]

How do YOU Back up Your Computer? FileSlinger™ Backup Reminder 12-28-07

Here it is the end of another year of backups—almost time to make those special year-end copies of your important data to store with your tax records. I thought I’d do something a bit different for today’s column, so I put a question out to my LinkedIn network asking the people I know what they do for backups. (And no, this is not what “networked backups” means.) Most of the answers came as … [Read more...]