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i365 “Be the Hero” Disaster Recovery Workshop on March 11th

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

i365_logo_new Seagate’s i365 is holding a “Be the Hero” disaster recovery webinar on March 11, 2010 from 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific. This is oriented a bit more toward the enterprise than the SOHO user, but I thought I’d put the link here anyway. Disaster recovery is a useful thing to know about, after all.

Here’s the copy from their registration page:

If and when a disaster strikes you want to be the hero, not the fall guy.  This workshop will help you prepare to be the hero:

  • Differences between data protection and disaster recovery
  • How to secure organizational buy in for a disaster recovery program
  • Specific factors to consider in creating a disaster recovery plan
  • Real life examples of preparing for disaster and balancing priorities

Janson Hoambrecker, Manager of Disaster Recovery Services, is the featured speaker for BE THE HERO Disaster Recovery Workshop . Janson has been leading i365’s EVault Disaster Recovery Service team for many years and has helped hundreds of customers properly prepare for a disaster.

i365, which used to be EVault, has its headquarters just down the street from me, in Emeryville, California; their data recovery branch is in Santa Clara.

Buffalo Goes Metro in San Francisco

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

A few days ago I got a phone call from my BFF Jay Pechek at Buffalo Technology, apologizing profusely for not responding  immediately to my initial queries about Raid Troubles in Europe and his DriveStation. It turns out Jay was on vacation in Colombia and completely without Internet access for a few weeks. But no sooner had he landed in New York than he was off on a product launch tour and headed, in fact, for San Francisco.

So on August 27th I found myself back in the Market Bar with Jay and his boss Oliver Kaven, drinking artisanal diet cola, admiring the new toys, and dropping broad hints about my availability to do freelance writing.

Prior to yesterday, I had three Buffalo drives, two of which I acquired during my last meeting with Jay, in May of 2008. They are all solid, well-made drives that don’t give me any trouble. (Well, I seem to remember that Lachesis, the baby NAS drive, wanted to speak Japanese to me after a power outage once.) Lachesis could properly be described as “cute,” in the same way that my netbook is cute: she’s a miniature but fully-functioning version of something larger. But this is still a long way from “sleek” or “sexy.”

Buffalo MiniStation DataVault Buffalo MiniStation Metro

MiniStation DataVault

MiniStation Metro

The words “solid” and “workmanlike” are far more apt to come to mind. The Quattro frankly looks like a safe, and as for Vesta, the little DataVault, she looks downright virginal. Heck, she looks armored and virginal. Maybe I should have called her “Minerva,” but I already had an M drive.

But this year, in addition to upgrading its technical specs, Buffalo has recognized that electronics consumers care about aesthetics. As Engadget recognized in January, 2009 has been the Japanese storage maker’s year to get colorful. First there was the Cobalt (which Jay somehow never mentioned to me), and now there’s the Metro. Both are 2.5-inch drives. Both come with hardware disk encryption, Turbo USB, and Memeo backup or sync software. But the Cobalt is noticeably skinnier than the Metro or the DataVault, because it lacks the extra layers of cushioning that protect those drives from the hazards of portability.

Buffalo expected the Cobalt to be more popular than it was. After all, competitors Seagate and Western Digital have slim, colorful 2.5-inch drives. But Buffalo’s customers wanted security. They wanted to know that if someone knocked their drive off the edge of a table, it would still work. So the Metro was born, and it manages quite well to be tough and sexy at the same time.

First, it’s voluptuously red. A deep, rich, glossy, metallic, fingerprint-attracting shade. (All right, so it does clash with my hair. So what? I’m not wearing it as an accessory.) Second, the Flex Connect USB cable fits so neatly around the outside edge that it could almost be decorative flashing. In fact, it’s a good thing that the quick start guide provides instructions on removing the Flex Connect cable from its pocket. It’s also a good thing that Buffalo provides a matching extension cable, because that is one short USB connector. (You can remove the Flex Connect cable entirely and replace it with an ordinary USB mini cable, but that does expose the interior of the drive to dust.

Metro flex connect cable and serial number

The drive’s serial number is tucked neatly under the cable. The back of the drive is outlined in red anti-skid treads.

Naturally, I was eager to get this sweet piece of equipment home and check it out, especially since I need a replacement for Freya, my FreeAgent Go drive. Freya is the only hard drive in my collection that I actually paid money for, and she’s getting wonky on me. Fortunately, she has a 5-year warranty, so I just need to dig up my receipt and get the data off her. (The Metro only has a 1-year warranty, but does promise 24/7 tech support.)

Most of the data on Freya is backed up to Lachesis anyway, but I think that Ruby, the new Metro (unoriginal, I know), will probably replace her as my main backup drive anyway. Not only does Ruby have greater capacity (250 GB vs 160, though actually the encryption and other software take up about 20 GB), but she only needs one cable. Seagate’s portable hard drives have an unfortunate requirement for two USB ports, one to provide power and one for transferring data, and ever since one of my USB hubs died a couple of months ago, USB ports are at a premium. (And the problem with Freya is precisely that of getting enough power, whether she’s connected to a hub or directly to my laptop.)

So I plugged Ruby into my USB hub and got the Drive Navigator prompt, which offered to set up my password, install Turbo USB, and install Picasa. (I didn’t bother with that last.)

Passwords do not matchAnd here I ran into a little glitch. Not just the frequently-encountered glitch wherein Buffa
lo has failed to hire a proofreader to go over the user interface (ahem, HINT), but a more serious problem with the password setup.

If you make a mistake, you get an appropriate error message. For instance, the first password I entered contained non-alphanumeric characters, and I got an error message to that effect (except longer, and in poorer English, HINT). Then I chose a long password, and mistyped it the second time I entered it.

The third time, I typed everything correctly, clicked “OK”—and got a message that said “Failed.” So I did it all over again. Same message: “Failed.” So I clicked “Cancel” and went on to the next step, installing Turbo USB. That required disconnecting and re-connecting the drive. When I re-connected the drive, I was prompted to enter my password.

Failed error message The password worked, but I was decidedly puzzled. I took a look in the manual (included in PDF form on the disk) and checked out the program called, I kid you not, “SecureLockManagerEasy.” (I ask you. How about “Easy Secure Lock Manager”? Or even “Secure Lock Easy Manager”? It’s bad enough calling a pocket-sized drive a “Station” when it’s not meant to be stationary and doesn’t broadcast, but “SecureLockManagerEasy” has a sort of Third World warez sound to it.) This is what you use to change your password, and also to tell the Metro to log on automatically if it recognizes your computer. And it’s where you reset the drive to factory settings if you can’t remember your password, but you’d better remember it, because that reset wipes all the data off the drive.

I went through the password reset process just to see whether it would actually work if I did it there, but no. Or rather, it did work, but instead of a confirmation, I just got that “Failed” message. I turned on the automatic authentication, so now when I connect the drive, I get a notice saying the drive has authenticated. There’s a little white light under the red panel on top the Metro to indicate that encryption is on, just under the lock-and-key symbol (which is almost too small to identify). There’s also a little blue light across from it to indicate activity on the drive. It looks slightly purple through the red, just as the white looks slightly pink.

I also ran into some hangups when trying to copy files directly from Freya to Ruby. I’m not sure why this happened, but I ended up having to reboot my machine. I ended up reformatting Ruby as NTFS and plugging her directly into the laptop, and I’ve been copying files from Lachesis. So far there have been no more problems, so the root issue may have been with Freya, or it may have been with the FAT32 format the drive came in. (What is it with FAT32? Does anyone with Windows actually use it? Don’t Mac users have to reformat the disk anyway?)

Since the folks over at Memeo are pestering me to review their latest full version software when it’s ready (it’s in beta right now), I didn’t install that. Once I’ve finished the file transfer, I’ll revise my settings in Karen’s Replicator so that my on-startup backups go over to Ruby. I’ll probably move her back over to the USB hub, as well.

Now, to dig up that receipt for Freya…

Fireproof Backups

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Making your hard drives more secure seems to be the trendy thing to do these days. Within the past couple of months, I’ve been contacted about two similar products for protecting your external hard drives from fire and water—not to mention spilled coffee. I haven’t had the chance to test either product myself, so I can’t give you a firsthand account, but it seemed worth mentioning them in case fire hazards or water hazards are particularly high in your office.

MediaVault HDThe first is the MediaVault HD, which I first heard about in a LinkedIn question from Chuck Fetta of Office Furniture Warehouse asking for feedback from IT professionals. MediaVault’s main claim to fame is that it’s fireproof (up to a point, the point in fact being a UL 125°F 1 Hour rating), semi-waterproof (it will probably survive your sprinkler system), and locks to reduce the risk of theft (but you’re not supposed to bolt it down).

The IT professionals consulted suggested that online or other off-site backup was almost certain to be better protection against disasters (including fires) and that as an anti-theft device, the MediaVault didn’t look too impressive. I have to agree with that last objection. I have friends who had their safe stolen because it wasn’t built into their wall or floor. The MediaVault just isn’t large or heavy enough to deter thieves, even the casual sort who didn’t come prepared with a dolly and a moving truck.

The Ur-Guru also pointed out that any USB port was likely to melt off immediately in a fire (perhaps causing interesting electrical problems to your drives and your data). The backup advantage of leaving the device connected is countered by the security disadvantage. Better to get a genuine fireproof safe (the built-in kind that will still be there when nothing is left of your house but cinders) and put your external drives there. Of course, that does require an extra step: remembering to take the drives out of the safe to make the backups and put them back into the safe for storage.

The MediaVault HD ships with Seagate drives and Genie Backup Manager Pro. This is another product I’ve heard of but never used. You can get it with or without disaster recovery. Somewhere in my copious spare time, I’ll have to give it a try, though the Ur-Guru might not forgive me if I start cluttering up the machine he’s been spending the weekend reinstalling.

It seemed hardly a moment after the LinkedIn discussion of MediaVault that I heard from Brett Callow about ioSafe, but it was actually a month or so. Brett started out by asking for a link, as many companies do. I gave him the same answer I give everyone: “Why not write a guest post?” I did have to warn him that he’d have to disclose the fact that ioSafe is paying him to talk up their product, even though he’s not one of their employees. This is what he sent me.

ioSafe SoloWhere should you keep your backups?

Backing up to an external hard drive is an easy and reasonably economical way to protect your data against loss due to computer failure — but it will not protect your data against disasters. Should you be unlucky enough to have a fire, chances are that both your computer and external drive will be toast. (And, if the flames don’t get it, the water from the fire department’s hoses almost certainly will!)

So, how can you minimize the risks? One solution would be to store your drive in a waterproof and fireproof safe when it’s not in use or to keep the drive at somebody else’s house. A much better solution, however, is to use more than one best-in-class solution to protect your data.

ioSafe makes a range of fireproof and waterproof drives which provide rock-solid protection for your critical data. The ioSafe Solo range are waterproof to 10 feet for 3 days and can withstand temperatures up to 1550°F for 30 minutes. The Solo can even be bolted to the floor to make theft more difficult. In short, it provides the best possible protection for data. Even if everything else in your house is lost to a disaster, at least your backups will still be safe and secure. With prices starting at $149.99 for a 500 GB model, ioSafes are a bit more expensive than other drives, but not by much. And, if you really value your data, the extra bucks are certainly money well spent.

But don’t stop there. Every mechanical device — hard drives included — will eventually fail. Consequently, you should be keeping your data in more than one spot. Unless you have an exceptionally large amount of data, the easiest way to do that is to use an online backup service. When choosing a service provider, don’t simply go with the cheapest option. Shop around, do some research and choose a well-established company. (A startup may offer you the best deal, but will they still be around in a week, month or year from now?)

By keeping more than one backup and keeping the backups in different locations, you’ll be protecting your data against pretty much every eventuality.

For more information about ioSafe, visit the company website.

This was a bit more of a sales pitch than I’d hoped for, paid post or not. Examination of the specs on the ioSafe site does, however, suggest that it’s likely to provide better protection against fire, water, and theft, than the MediaVault, and the price is not that much higher than for an ordinary external hard drive. If you’re prone to spilling your coffee, it might not be a bad investment.

But if you’re really concerned about fires and floods, you’re going to need more serious protection than this.

GFI Makes Titan Backup Free for Home Users

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

In the course of investigating Memeo for last week’s Backup Reminder, I discovered I had a problem. I’d been using Memeo to back up my F drive, Freya (a Seagate FreeAgent Go USB drive) to my L drive, Lachesis (a Buffalo LinkStation Mini). However, I was not letting Memeo run in the background, because I had previously had problems with that. Memeo sends out little warnings if you turn its background agent off, but I never paid much attention. What with needing to see whether my version of Memeo would back up from a network drive, however, I opened it up, checked it out, and thought maybe I should investigate the state of the backups.

I discovered that there were some recent files—and whole folders—that had not been backed up. This puzzled me, so I ran the backup verification to update things, but somehow it didn’t seem to work. I tried deleting that backup routine and re-creating it, yet still, the size of the backup didn’t match the size of the directories I was backing up.

Baffled, I decided to try setting up the backup job in Titan Backup instead. This time all the files got copied—except a few that were corrupt. But it took a long time. And it still takes a long time every morning, even though there aren’t that many new files on the F drive.

In the midst of all this, I got a message headlined “Important Information about Titan Backup.”

Dear Titan Backup user,

We would like to inform you of some important changes to Titan Backup.

GFI Software has been working with Titan for some time and has made significant investments in the technology, which it has now re-launched under GFI. GFI will continue making major investments in this technology.

We would like to inform you that GFI Backup 2009 – Home Edition has now been launched. This version is being offered as full-featured FREEWARE for PC home users.

GFI Backup has retained all the functionality you are accustomed to in Titan Backup and also includes additional feature and improvements*. We invite you to try out GFI Backup 2009 – Home Edition, which you can download from:

Please note that you cannot back up with the Titan Backup version and restore with the GFI version. Also, you cannot import your settings from Titan Backup to GFI Backup, as there have been major changes to the configuration file formats.

You therefore need to install GFI Backup and reconfigure, as follows: Download and use GFI Backup 2009 – Home Edition, and run a new back up of your existing files, re-creating your backup and synchronization tasks as needed. We highly recommend this option.

“Well!” I thought to myself. “Something is definitely going on here.” So I downloaded GFI Backup 2009, but also decided to ask Flavius Saracut, my contact at Titan/Neobyte, what was up.

Flavius explained that GFI had been working with Titan for some time and made “significant investments in the technology,” and then pretty much recapitulated the information I’d already received from the sales team. I pressed him for more details. First, why make a previously paid product available for free?

At GFI Software, we believe that in hard economic times, vendors should work both with their channel partners and companies in general to assist them in sustaining their business until the economy bounces back. Apart from ensuring that we offer the best pricing possible to benefit small and medium-sized businesses, without scrimping on product quality and performance, we are also launching a number of initiatives to do something TANGIBLE to help.

As part of this, we have launched a We Care program and our first initiatives include:

That’s a laudable motive—even though I’d guess that neither product was a big money-maker in the first place. I’m always in favor of good, free tools.

My second question was about the differences between the two products. Despite the name change, the interfaces proved pretty much identical:

Titan Tasks
Titan Task Pane.

GFI Tasks
GFI Task Pane. (Advanced view would show same tree.)

Flavius kindly listed the following improved features in GFI Backup 2009 – Home Edition:

  • No need to be logged on to the machine for the backups to take place
  • Improved memory management
  • Improved logging mechanism, status product messaging and task view
  • On-demand check for product updates from GFI
  • Support for Windows 7 RC build 7100
  • Enhanced execution speed for tasks that include many files
  • Single plug-in restore options
  • Internationalization support for custom time and date formats.

So I set up the identical backup job and compared the two jobs. Interestingly, GFI objected to a few files on the F drive that Titan had not. And while it appeared to be slightly faster at completing the initial backup, the later incremental backups actually appeared to be slower than they were with Titan.

GFI Backup 2009 is easy to use and fairly versatile. It has a good feature set for a free product. But it doesn’t seem to be ideal for copying data from an external USB drive onto a NAS drive, for some reason. I’m not sure what the bottleneck is there, but its search for changed files seems slower than those performed by Karen’s Replicator and SyncBack and by Memeo. I much suspect that after the reinstall (which the Ur-Guru, who arrives for his annual visit today, has promised to help me with), I will go back to using Memeo to back up the F drive.

Nevertheless, GFI has some features I really like, and its speed is considerably better when copying from an internal to an external drive. For one thing, it handles both backup and sync. It also lets you do either incremental, differential, or “stacked” backups (the last take up both the most time and the most space, but save several complete versions of all your files). You can compress or encrypt your backups (either or both). And you can schedule the backup to run on Windows shutdown instead of Windows startup. This is a much more logical time to back up your machine, and also less likely to fill you with impatience while you wait for your backups to finish so you can actually start using your computer.

So if you’re looking for a good free file backup tool, check it out.

Hopped-Up Rebit Increases Cuteness Quotient

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Rebit logo and tagline Rebit sells itself on ease of use, but the most inescapable characteristic of this “ridiculously simple” backup device for Windows is cuteness. How can even the most technophobic Windows user feel threatened by that cute little frog? And look at the announcements you get if you’re a backup blogger or tech columnist: “Rebit to Donate to […] Rebit will celebrate international “Save the Frogs” day on Tuesday, April 28th by donating $10 from each purchase at its online store to the international “Save the Frogs” campaign. Purchasers will receive a commemorative wristband. We also have an additional savings offer for April 28th on the Rebit Facebook page in hopes that Rebit will be able to make a hefty donation to save the frogs.”

But back to saving your data. I said last week that I was going to talk about attempts to make Windows backups as simple as Mac backups, and Rebit definitely sets out to do that. This was true back when I reviewed the earlier, one-PC version of the product in 2007, and it’s still true today. Plug it in, turn it on, connect it to your PC, and enter the product key when prompted.

Long-time readers may remember that all did not go smoothly in my first experiments with the Rebit. It was, in fact, the slowest backup I had ever experienced. (That was before my first encounter with Memeo.) Backing up my 80 GB C drive took 20 hours, and the best efforts of the tech support team couldn’t figure out why that should be the case. Worse for me was the fact that the recovery CD got confused by the fact that I have two separate physical drives in this machine.

1 TB Rebit as shipped

In the approximately 18 months since then, the Rebit team has not been slacking off. The new 1 TB, 5-PC model they sent me represents a substantial improvement over the original device. (It’s bigger, of course, but a fairly standard size for an external drive, being only slightly longer than a typical 3.5” drive enclosure.) First, speed. I started by connecting it to my netbook. I started with Mena because I figured she was least likely to have problems, being only a few months old with only one backup program installed so far, and not too much on her hard drive. The likelihood of the kind of conflicts that have interfered with testing on Enna seemed small.

Rebit-welcomeIt took less than 5 minutes to set up. As soon as I connected the Rebit, a prompt came up inviting me to install Rebit. Once I entered the product key from the back of the Quick Start Guide, I got a friendly screen welcoming me to Rebit and a pop-up notification from the system tray indicating the progress of the backup.

This was when I first saw the “Rebit light.” The power light on the Rebit is a primary-color blue a few shades darker than your standard computer LED, but the activity light is an equally bright green: not the pale green of the Rebit’s packaging or logo, but a pure, color-circle green. Both the green light and the little frog icon in the system tray flash when the Rebit is copying files from your computer. If you hover over the flashing frog, it will tell you how many files still remain to be backed up, and then says “Teach me how to use Rebit.”

If you click on it, it takes you to the Rebit support page, where there’s a useful Technical FAQ and some contact info. To get to the detailed help file, right-click on the frog and select “help” from the menu. It might seem, after all that emphasis on simplicity, that you wouldn’t need instructions in the Rebit’s use. The Rebit backs up everything on your drive, and all partitions of your drive, so there’s nothing to configure. You don’t really need lessons on how to back up with Rebit, but you’re going to have questions about how to get your data back when it comes time to restore it.

Rebit showing both lights; photo provided by Rebit/Kroner Communications

But I was speaking of speed.

The Rebit backed up both partitions of Mena’s (admittedly nearly empty) 160 GB drive in the time it took me to shower. I live in California. Even if I didn’t care about the environment, it’s too expensive to take long showers. That was fast.

I thought I’d try next on Astarte, the aging Dell I’d finally reclaimed from my housemate when she got her own laptop. But Star’s one USB port is shot, and the PS2-to-USB adapter, which works fine for my wireless mouse, doesn’t work for the Rebit. So no go there, unfortunately; it’s NAS backups for Star.

I tried the Rebit on my housemate’s new computer, for good measure. Unlike my machines, which are all one flavor or another of XP, hers runs Vista. Except for that extra annoying “enter your administrator password” step, setting the Rebit up was just as easy. Backing up the machine (too new to have much on its drive) took a couple of hours.

And then, the moment of truth: how would the Rebit get on with Enna? Awkwardly, at the first go; things kept freezing up, so I uninstalled it. But the second attempt, started one afternoon when I was using Star to work, went much better. It took somewhere between 6 and 8 hours to back up both Enna’s internal hard drives (80 GB apiece, both nearly full), but the backup completed successfully. That’s certainly an improvement over 20 hours to back up just the C drive.

There’s still something about Enna that the Rebit doesn’t like, or something else on Enna that doesn’t like the Rebit. I keep getting errors where Windows Explorer shuts down, usually when I’m in the middle of copying files. And also—even more vexingly—problems with Windows Live Writer, though it has so far (knock wood) not frozen up while I’ve been typing this post. Too many different backup programs that have locked file support, I bet. That’s gotten me in trouble in the past. Too much stuff running in the bac
kground. Too many fragments of old programs littering the registry. I have got to reinstall this machine, or none of the hardware or software manufacturers are going to want to speak to me. Just because I can’t find anything in the Event Viewer doesn’t meant nothing is happening.

So, Speaking of Restoring Data…

MyRebit Once you’ve installed your Rebit and backed up a machine or two, you’ll notice a new entry under “My Computer” in Windows Explorer—at least if you can get Windows Explorer to stay open. There under your internal and external drives and your control panel, you’ll see another cute little frog icon, predictably labeled “My Rebit.” Expand the icon and you can see every machine that’s been backed up onto your Rebit. If you click on one of the folders, you see a list of files on a froggy background.

This Rebit explorer doesn’t work quite like Windows Explorer, as you’ll notice if you right-click on any of the items. You can explore, open, and copy—but not delete. Once a file is backed up to the Rebit, it stays there until Rebit’s “Neverfull” technology decides that the oldest versions of every backed up file have to be deleted in order to make room. The only way to take files off a Rebit is to remove the whole PC, which means deleting the entire backup and starting over. (If you want to take that drastic step, right-click the frog icon, choose “More” from the menu, and then select “Remove a PC.”)

You can also drag and drop, which is probably the easiest way to restore individual files from the Rebit to your computer—or to a different one of your connected computers, for that matter, since you can browse all the backups from any computer unless you decide to password-protect them. Rebit duplicates your computer’s file structure exactly, so if you know where the file you want to retrieve used to live, you won’t have any trouble finding it. (If you’re not sure where the file was stored, you can search for it, the same way you do in Windows Explorer.)

If you’re exploring your C:\ drive and want to check out which versions of a file you’ve backed up, just right-click on the file. You’ll see the frog again, next to an entry that says “My Rebit.” If you click on that entry, you’ll see the date and time the file was last backed up and the option to browse the file in My Rebit, which will show you every version of the file it has.

At least, it will do this if 1) you have the Rebit drive connected at the time and 2) your computer isn’t fighting Rebit with all it has. I think in my case the problem is Mozy, which integrates with Windows Explorer in a very similar way, as you can see from the screenshot above. Last night when I went to test the Rebit Explorer so I could write about it, Windows Explorer froze up so spectacularly that I had to restart the machine, at which point I gave up and decided I would make more progress by connecting the Rebit to Mena.

Which I did, until this morning when the Rebit demanded an activation key, something it does after 30 days have passed. (That information is buried in the help files.) I pressed the button to generate one, and it allegedly worked (“Activate software” is no longer an option on the “More” menu), but the Rebit is not backing up. Something to be sorted out with the support staff, clearly. Curiously, when I connect the Rebit to Enna, it starts backing up immediately.

Simplicity Score

The Rebit scores very highly in the categories of ease of use and user-friendliness. I have complete confidence that my mother could use it with no problems, at least for ongoing backups and individual file restorations. It also comes with built-in prompts to connect it: warnings from the system tray, and little chirping noises from the drive itself.

As for the excitement of testing the complete bare-metal restore from the CD to see whether the improved Rebit can now handle my dual-drive laptop, that will have to wait for my overdue reinstall. Which will be very soon. Really.

I’m dying to see how Seagate’s new Replica stands up to the Rebit. (Seagate, are you listening?) It’s a sleek-looking device designed with exactly the same purpose in mind. It could turn out to be equally effective. It definitely won’t be anywhere near as cute.

If you’d like to buy one of these charming devices (for which I get no kickback at all), hop on over to the Rebit website. I don’t think I can recommend it for Mozy users, though.

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