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Backups!
Wed Mar 30, 2011, 10:01 PM
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Backups!
Tomorrow is World Backup Day! Don't let this happen to you:

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This public service announcement has been brought to you by someone who's had more hard drive failures than he cares to remember -_-
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Thu Mar 31, 2011, 01:30 AM
Post: #2
RE: Backups!
Thank goodness for Time Machine.

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Thu Mar 31, 2011, 05:09 AM
Post: #3
RE: Backups!
(Thu Mar 31, 2011 01:30 AM)Hollud Wrote:  Thank goodness for Time Machine.

Apple fanboy?
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Thu Mar 31, 2011, 09:13 AM
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RE: Backups!
I back up every two weeks, just finished my run 2 days ago~! Big smile

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Thu Mar 31, 2011, 12:27 PM (This post was last modified: Thu Mar 31, 2011 01:08 PM by Hollud.)
Post: #5
RE: Backups!
(Thu Mar 31, 2011 05:09 AM)TheLonelyDragon Wrote:  Apple fanboy?

Apple user, yes. Fanboy... well. I'm not pulling off to a picture of Lord Jobs. So, no.


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I keep an open mind to what technology is available. And so far, nothing comes close to what Apple does, in terms of UI and usability. I've tried the Backup function on Windows 7 and while it is bundled in, using it requires a bit of technical know-how. Using any interface designed and constructed by Apple is practical and a no-brainer. Other UIs require quite a bit of futzing around, so geek knowledge is a requirement. If there's one reason why Apple catches on so much better than the rest, it's because of this.

People keep harping on Apple on being a "closed environment" as compared to other interfaces. One example is the difference between the UI on iOS versus Android. Truth is, I believe a closed working environment (in some scenarios) can produce better quality than competitors. Apple is the epitome of such an example. While Android is "open source" (read this), I've been frustrated with the jumps from Android 1.x to Android 2.x and the fact that the device I bought less than a year ago won't run the latest and greatest Android because they can't (or so they say). Take my sister's Motorola Charm; great device (save for the horrid screen and keyboard), but Motorola won't let it update to the latest Android 2.x. Nor will my HTC Magic update from 1.5 to 1.6 because HTC won't allow me to. Rooted devices run them just dandy, so why can't official builds?

I digress.

Apple fan-wank? Maybe. But I guess most people often overlook the innovation that Apple stimulates in the industry. Would you even have Android if it weren't for iOS? Would you even have Windows 7 if it wasn't for Mac OS X? Would you have pretty awesome looking laptops (technically, most still look like crap) if the clamshell iBook and the Titanium PowerBook G4 didn't set the standard? Would PC designs have changed (technically, they haven't) if the classic Bondi Blue iMac didn't prove that it was possible? What Apple does is sets the trends for the rest of the industry to follow, and that is something that most other companies can never accomplish.

I keep an open mind, although I'm fairly sure some of you will accuse of not doing so. Well, I've used Mac OS since the 9.x days, although my earliest experience was with a Macintosh Classic II. I have a Windows 7 Boot Camp partition, but I'm equally at home with DOS 6.11, Windows 3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP and Vista. I've dabbled in Red Hat Linux 6.0, Yellowdog, Backtrack and Ubuntu, and I've run both DD-WRT and OpenWRT before on my router. I use a Windows Phone 7, but I have used a Nokia 3210, 3310, 3330, 6610, E51, E61 and E72, LG S5000, HP iPaq rw6828, HTC Magic, Motorola StarTAC X, T190 and V60i, Samsung E720, Sony Ericsson M600i and a Sendo S200. I don't have a modern console, but I've played on a NES, Sega Saturn and PS1 before. So, please. If you think I'm exercising bias due to a lack of experience, do let me know. As far as I am concerned, my preferences are not based solely on not choosing market leaders and going with the underdog. I choose based on what's right for YOU, not for me. I let what experiences I've learned so far translate into what's right for you, the consumer, so that you can make smarter purchasing decisions.

I've run this train pretty well off track, but I'll close it off by saying that so far, only Apple has shown that it has done backups right. From Mac OS X to iOS, they are doing it as a transparent layer that doesn't interfere with what you are doing. If Android users are going to go all "sync to the cloud" with me, I recommend you look into the whole Sidekick and T-Mobile debacle. Also, if there is an App to backup your Android device, that doesn't count. It's a solution to a problem that never should have happened in the first place That means that an option to backup never did exist, which never was an issue with iOS (backups of your device are created when you sync with iTunes, both in Mac and Windows platforms - and if you run a backup of your entire computer, then you have backups of the backups for your iOS device).

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Thu Mar 31, 2011, 03:33 PM
Post: #6
RE: Backups!
(Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:27 PM)Hollud Wrote:  Apple user, yes. Fanboy... well. I'm not pulling off to a picture of Lord Jobs. So, no.

Don't get me wrong, Apple is not that bad, but theres two things that made me dislike Apple.

1. Overpriced.
2. OS isn't Windows.
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Thu Mar 31, 2011, 04:24 PM (This post was last modified: Thu Mar 31, 2011 04:25 PM by lightning64.)
Post: #7
RE: Backups!
(Thu Mar 31, 2011 03:33 PM)TheLonelyDragon Wrote:  2. OS isn't Windows.

Whats the point of Mac's OS if its LIKE windows? >.>???

Personally

iPortables = Likey~

iMacs = No likey~

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Thu Mar 31, 2011, 04:43 PM (This post was last modified: Thu Mar 31, 2011 05:03 PM by Katsuke.)
Post: #8
RE: Backups!
Lol, epic drawing CartoonWolf!
Mmm..well..I guess this serves as a reminder to me. I need to get my 1TB drive ready. xD
What makes me so lazy to backup is always transferring so many files and it takes up to an hour.. )=

I backup like..my artworks...pictures I've saved..new music, new videos, new games...
And my Steam game folder! Ugh! Yes. 60 GB of games. xD

Worth the wait though! Saves me years of game updates. :I

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Thu Mar 31, 2011, 04:44 PM (This post was last modified: Thu Mar 31, 2011 04:51 PM by Canis Enigmas.)
Post: #9
RE: Backups!
Moderator's Note: Back on topics, furballs. If you need to deviate topic, keep it short and sweet, please? There was already a thread with a bit of a debate on Macs and PCs somwhere in here.

I have a rather ... unique way of doing backups.

The common misconception of the public is that HDDs are permanent, like stone engravings.
They're not. They will fail sooner or later. Which is why, every few years (or anytime I feel like it) I allocate a budget to replace(upgrade) my key system's HDDs. I never depend on a HDD older than 3 or 5 years in my system, depending on usage.

Which is kinda common practice for server farms and website hosting companies. They can't even risk 10 seconds of downtime should one aging HDD's back "cricks" with pain for half a second, so they replace their drives as regularly as they change their underwear Tongue

And my replaced (but still working) drives? Oh, I plug them into an old server system I keep in a corner that I run once a few months to run more frequent (but less larger) backups Big smile

And small tip for those who just want to backup documents or (not so large) files. There is always DropBox Winking
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Thu Mar 31, 2011, 04:54 PM
Post: #10
RE: Backups!
(Thu Mar 31, 2011 04:43 PM)Katsuke Wrote:  Mmm..well..I guess this serves as a reminder to me. I need to get my 1TB drive ready. xD
What makes me so lazy to backup is always transferring so many files.. )=

I backup like..my art works...pictures I've saved..new music, new videos, new games...
And my Steam game folder! Ugh! Yes. 60 GB of games. xD

Worth the wait though! Saves me years of game updates. :I

I don't think 1TB may be enough. My Time Machine backup is already almost 70% full. x_x

As for Steam, I love how the handle game storage management! Just copy the folder and, hey, presto! Instant backup!



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