I like to think of ALL hard drives as ticking time bombs: it’s only a matter of time before they blow up. The catch is that the hypothetical timer on the bomb is counting down, and only shows the seconds that remain… so you’re never quite sure if you have 10 seconds or 201 days and 10 seconds left before the bomb blows up, taking your precious data with it.
For several years, I’ve done little but sit around and watch the bomb tick away valuable seconds. My confidence has slowly degraded from ‘sure footed’ to ‘walking on nails’, and it’s time to do something about it. We all know that the cardinal rule of backing up is that few do it before catastrophe strikes (and, after that of course, it’s lesson learnt). While I’m fortunate enough to not have a single drive die on me while in use (good ol’ Maxtor), I don’t want to be caught with my pants down.
Saving my priceless pictures, my ripped movies, my digital music, and the rest of my miscellaneous data is getting elevated on my master priority list this next year. I’m planning a two-pronged attack – cloud based storage along with a secondary surge-protected backup drive – either a lonely external hard drive or a NAS box... funds depending. I will take every opportunity to utilize cloud services that allow my data to follow me where I go, without sacrificing data fidelity or accessibility.
And so what about you, folks? Do you plan on securing your data from certain doom? Do you have any New Year resolutions?
Credit for the image goes to brianjmatis on Flickr.
Read the whole series! Also check out our resolutions on Password Management, Productivity and Security and Getting things done using INTERNET POWER. One blog will be posted for each day remaining in 2011.
Disclaimer: I'm not associated with TechSync, and I have not (yet) backed the fundraising Campaign. I'm only a fan!
Here's the dream that we've been teased with on and off over the past decade: seamless, universal home automation of ligthswitches and wall outlets. Not only could the setup be wireless, but they could be automatically driven and scheduled. Some companies have tried to bring innovation to the home-electrical system, most consumer-grade solutions are unaffordable or unintuitive.
Steven Washington's idea is to create a unified network of wall switches and outlets that can be controlled by any device in your home arsenal - be it your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Using Wi-Fi, TechSync's idea is that every switch or outlet will relay commands throughout your home or office, ensuring that the signal reaches it's destination, so that even if your outlet has three floors between it and router, the signal will (hopefully) be relayed through nearer-by devices.
Although it is yet to be seen, TechSync claims that their software is intelligent enough to analyze your use to help you save money. If done correctly, the software could make suggestions to help you save power. For example, TechSync might recommend you turn off outlets that getting crazy amounts of power sucked from them by devices in standby.
Is home automation part of your dream house? Does controlling lights and appliances on schedule or at the touch of a button encourage you? I'm very tempted to buy in for 3 switches and 3 outlets at $45 - this could be a really neat toy if the software is done correctly.
Disclaimer: I'm not associated with Capture, and I have not (yet) backed the fundraising Campaign. I'm only a fan!
Everyone who owns a DSLR is familiar with the pains of owning a DSLR: if you have the camera suspended around your neck with a strap, the camera is going to swing wildly in every direction when performing any sort of physical activity... making for both an uncomfortable and unintuitive photography experience.
Meet Capture, a new camera clip system that attempts to make DSLR-touting easier, and less of a headache.
Slide the camera into the clip, and it locks in place. Releasing the camera is as simple as lifting the camera up, while hitting the red button to simultaneously unlock the mechanism. The vanilla 'dock' itself can be attached to various articles of clothing, such as belts or straps; and the project designers have a mount in the works that promises to make attaching your camera to tricky surfaces (like your bike frame) a piece of cake.
As an owner of a DSLR (which recently hung around my neck as I travelled around Greece), I can definitely see the usefulness in a clip such as this. What about you, Tested? Is the Capture something you'd dish out $50 to have?
The project (at time of writing) has 3,959 backers, raised $258,476 (of $10,000), and is scheduled to end in 19 days (July 16, 2pm EDT)