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out with miss shellbeach. she's pretty spiffy.

data backup dilema

I've been puzzling for a while (years in fact) over the problem of backing up data. Some portions of this question feel more as if they belong in Philosophy, rather than in the hands of modern technologists.

Here's a rough breakdown of the problem as I have encountered it in my experiences:

1. Both at work and at home, we have all developed an ever-growing list of data we cannot ( or would be put to great effort to) replace.
Generally, this data falls into 3 categories:
1. text files or spreadsheets (documents)
2. photographs and scans (images)
3. music and voice recordings (audio files)

The central problem is how to recover these items once a hard drive or main source has broken down or become corrupt. Recovery may not be an option due to virus infestation or mechanical/electronic failure. Going forward the solution seems to be to utilize some kind of backup device, to prepare for failure in the future. A primary pitfall of this solution is than any sort of data backup solution inevitably suffers from the same or worse liabilities as the original.

Archeologists of the far future will curse us for using magnetic media for all our data. Hard disks, CD's, and DVD's will not hold their image for more than a decade before degradation occurs and the image is lost, unrecoverable forever. There are archival data solutions on the market purporting 25 and 100 year archival safety, but no one has lived long enough to test any of these products.

The only economically viable, usable solution so far is to keep a 2nd hard drive external upon which copies of data might be kept safe. The reliability of this drive must be tested and considered on a regular basis.

REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backup

(more soon.)

Dec. 5th, 2008

(12:12:25 PM) telegramsam70: i think in the next month or so, I might be pretty much done with wow. I've made good friends there, and as pretty as it all is - i don't have much stomach for endgame raiding anymore. kill the dragon to get the sword, so you can kill the next dragon to get the next sword....

(12:12:53 PM) telegramsam70: it's been neat. and i was an awesome tank. and i taught a good number of people how to play and enjoy themselves.

(12:13:21 PM) telegramsam70: but more and more i am finding myself drawn into the events of real life activities, girlfriend, work, family....

(12:13:44 PM) dls1138: yes- go grind 30000 trolls for a super rare dropped item that you will be overqualified for by the time you get it. Then go grind more

(12:14:04 PM) telegramsam70: yeah - i wanna check out fallout 3 and ra3

(12:14:16 PM) telegramsam70: games i can play for 30 min and walk away from

(12:14:25 PM) telegramsam70: wow is like a 2nd job

(12:14:30 PM) telegramsam70: even when it's part time

(12:14:31 PM) dls1138: well if you no longer enjoy wow- it was impossible for me to enjoy anywhere

(12:15:00 PM) dls1138: I did an experiment- I took the time I spent playing wow, and allocated it to home improvement. I wound up boosting the value of my house by 40k in the first year

(12:15:01 PM) telegramsam70: i still enjoy it. but friends and social reasons are the only reasons

(12:15:18 PM) telegramsam70: and i can get those anywhere with a modicum of effort


mister potatohead = ork stomper!

I have not messed with 40k stuff in years, but this is sooper cool.



Ain't it funny how we pretend we're still a child
Softly stolen under our blanket skies
And rescue me from me and all that I believe

I won't deny the pain, I won't deny the change
And should I fall from grace here with you
Will you leave me too?

Carve out your heart for keeps in an old oak tree
And hold me for goodbyes and whispered lullabyes
And tell me I am still the man I`m supposed to be

I won't deny the pain, I won't deny the change
And should I fall from grace here with you
Will you leave me too?

To late to turn back now
I'm running out of sound
And I am changing, changing
And if we died right now
This fool you love somehow
Is here with you

I won't deny the pain, I won't deny the change
And should I fall from grace here with you
Would you leave me too?
Would you leave me too?

- B. Corgan

2 jokes

Why did Tigger have his head in the toilet?

He was looking for Poo.

I saw two flies in the hose yesterday - and I knew they were female.

They were both on the phone.

told to me by friends just  moment ago.


I'm considering Arizona.  Actually, I'd been thinking about it for over a year.  The only thing kept me in MI for this last year is not a part of my life any longer, so it's time for honest research about moving out of this economic cesspool and out to where I might find work that suits and pays me better.

hopefully you've all seen this

I've been out of the loop, but check it out.


slash cry