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The Importance of Backups

Backups are important.

I’ve been using a 100 Mb Zip disk to carry a bunch of files between my work and home PCs (just spreadsheets, text files, to do lists, the occasional photo or MP3 file, etc). It works great, but last week I started thinking about what would happen if the disk failed. I’d lose a lot of work, and I haven’t been very disciplined about manually backing it up.

So last week I downloaded a simple little free file-copying program (Karen’s Replicator) and started backing up the disk every day.

This morning, the Zip disk died! Talk about good timing! I didn’t lose a single file.

For what it’s worth, I’m now using one of those little keychain USB drive thingies to hold my files. It’s smaller and more convenient than Zip disks, and can be used in any computer with a USB port.

For more information about backups, I highly recommend The Tao of Backup.

January 21st, 2004

Useful Spam?

Today was the first time I’ve ever received a useful piece of spam email.

To be honest, it wasn’t useful in the way the original sender intended. Some idiot snake-oil peddler wrote to tell me that my web site ‘may not be optimised for the search engines’, and offered to send me a report for a fee. The site they referred to was actually that of artist Louise Moore, who used my free CityDesk template to create her site. It was my included copyright notice that gave the spammers my email address.

I’d never have seen Louise’s site if they hadn’t sent me that email. Check it out – she’s a talented woman!

September 15th, 2003

Thankyou Cards

Megan has been busy this week filling out thank-you cards on behalf of Grace. Just as she finished, I came across this helpful site. Maybe we can use it next time.

February 13th, 2002

Smiggin Holes Winter Olympic Bid

Have you been watching the Winter Olympics? Don’t forget to register your interest as a volunteer for the Smiggin Holes 2010 Winter Olympics Bid!

February 13th, 2002

Happy 28th of January!

Today is the 28th of January! Click here to find out all about this special day.

January 28th, 2002

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