I have a set I rules I follow when computing. The first three are backup, backup, and backup.
This poor lady came to my computer users group with a external harddrive that was not functioning. I took a look at it. When I plugged it in to the power it started click loudly. Read More→
Jungle Disk is an application that lets you store files and backup data securely to Amazon.com’s S3 ™ Storage Service. S3 does not have an application So Jungle Disk provides you with one. Jungle Disk creates a network drive in your computer and you just drag folder and files over or you can setup an automatic backup. I’ve been using Jungle Disk foryears and it is outstanding. Jungle Disk use to cost $20 and you could use it on as many computers as you wished but now I think it is some sort of monthly subscription. I think it’s $3 dollars a month. The data backed up via Amazon S3 is very cheap as well.
Carbonite is an online data backup solution. I’ve been using Carbonite to backup the data on my desktop for a years because of the price and all the data you want for $54.95 per year per computer. I have a lot of MP3s and photos to back and the all you can eat pricing is great if you have a lot of data.
Have you recently moved to Gmail but still have a most of your contacts and all of your Email still in a program like Outlook on your Windows computer. The Google Email Uploader is what you need. The Gmail Uploader will take those contacts and messages preserving your folder structure and import them right into Gmail.
As I say constantly, “The three most important maintenance task on your computer are, backup, backup and backup.” You can always restore your software or replace your computer in a worst case scenario. What you can’t do or can’t do easily is recover your data. This is what you want to spend most of effort doing. I’ve mentioned to online backup solutions I like. What I’m now going to talk about is getting a backup locally(At your home or workplace). The advantage of this is it’s quicker to restore your data when it becomes necessary to do so. This by no means replaces the the off-site backup. It is just faster and more convenient.
I mentioned in the post Cloud Storage Overview that there are some services where you can store your precious files via cloud based storage (on the Internet). Here are a couple of options that will create a virtual drive on your computer as if it was an actual drive.
Dropbox is a service that gives you 2 gigabytes free with an option to pay a small amount for up to 100 gigabytes. For Windows, Linux and Macintosh.
Microsoft’s Skydrive gives you 25 gigabytes absolutely free but you need a third party program to make it a virtual drive. “Skydrive Explorer” is a free program that does this. It is really easy to setup.
Thanks to Zack who commented to my SkyDrive post for this one!
Gladinet is the future! It is Web 3.0! Gladinet is a great little application that brings all of your online storage to your desktop as virtual drives. Use online storages (Not only SkyDrive but ADrive, Google Docs, Amazon S3 , and others.) as if they were local folders on your computer. Access local folders on your home computer remotely as if they were right there (only with standard version which is only available by invitation right now). But you can download free version now.
There is so much more in this appliction I’ll let this video tell you about it.
Called “Skydrive” a part of Microsoft’s “Windows Live” it allows you to store and share up to 25GB of data (documents, photos and other media files). “Windows Live Photo Gallery” syncs automatically to Skydrive which is terrific. What I am a very disappointed by; there is no method to transfer other files by a desktop application like it does with “Photo Gallery”. In my opinion this decreases the usefulness of “Skydrive” a lot. Right now you have to go to the website. Click “Upload Files”, click on “Browse”, click “Open” and then click “Upload”. This is so old-school! Not Web 2.0 at all. What it is really good for is sharing very big files with others. Files up to 50MB can be uploaded and shared.
Over all I think it’s a good start. The photo sharing function and it synchronization with “Photo Gallery” works great! I think Microsoft may someday do something with desktop synchronization. At lease I hope so!