Posts tagged with 'backup'


Backups, Schmackups

Today we learned that Code42 are going to be shuttering their CrashPlan for Home product . If you use it – and I do – you have around 14 months to find something else and switch your online backups to another provider. Backups… I’m sure, or rather, I would hope , that you do regular backups. For us here at home, it’s complicated: daily file backup to our Synology NAS, weekly full disk backup to an external drive I only connect when doing the backups (that way, I can grab it and go if there’s an emergency...

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Cloud, cloud, everywhere

So I got an iPhone 6 the other day. Bully for me, I can hear you say, but this isn’t about that. It’s about the fact that Apple, in preparation for iOS 8, changed the limits and functionality on their cloud storage offering, iCloud. With all the iOS devices in the house, a while back I had to pay for extra storage to enable backups for them all. That storage was just upgraded at no extra cost to 20GB. Time, I thought to myself, to check on all the cloud storage subscriptions I actually...

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The rise and fall of my Jungle Disk

Quite a while ago (I was surprised when I looked it up: 2008) I subscribed to a backup app called Jungle Disk. The interesting thing about it was (a) it used Amazon S3 (then relatively new) as a backup store, and (b) you subscribed to it at a rate of a mere $1 per month. So, in essence, it’s an online backup program and it allowed me to keep documents and photos – about 6 folder trees in all – somewhere else than a local backup drive. It was the “house burns down” option...

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Upgrading the SSD in the Dell XPS 12 – what not to do

So, in the previous installment in this upgrade game I was crowing about how I knew how to boot from a USB drive on the Dell XPS 12 and therefore upgrading the SSD in it was going to be a piece of cake. Well, it turned out to be a piece of the heaviest, densest, fruit cake you’ve ever seen. Dropping it onto a wood floor would have dented the floor. To recap, I decided to purchase a new Crucial M500 480GB mSata SSD to replace the 240GB unit I’d initially installed a year ago in my Dell...

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Using Data Replicator 3 on a Synology DS212 – don’t

As mentioned in this post , I bought a Synology DS212 NAS for our home network, especially as our Acer WHS had a minor hiccup from overheating during the Waldo Canyon fire (we had to keep the windows shut from the smoke on some of the hottest days of the year). Since Synology have a recommended backup app (it’s called Data Replicator 3) for their NAS boxes, I decided to try it. Once our new router was configured and my laptop was connected to it via a wired connection (and hence running at 100Mbps...

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Backing up SQL Server database with GoDaddy

Nearly two weeks ago, I converted this site to use SQL Server as the database engine. Without a doubt, having the database on another server separate from the main web server has helped the speed of this site dramatically, so much so that I've added features like the "top five most popular posts" gadget to the first sidebar and "other similar posts" to each blog post (when they're displayed on their own). The only problem that I've had is that my backups of the site have reduced...

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