I have been using Yahoo's calendar for years and I love it. Anything
I need to remember is there permanently. I keep up with doctor's
appointments, flu shots and med refills. I use it for car scheduled
maintenance, and I also use it to log major appliance purchases.
I have asked Yahoo for the following two features more than once, but
it seems to be falling on deaf ears.
Some of my meds of the past were based on a 28 day schedule instead of
30. I can think of a few more things that also use days instead of
months. I wish you could get a reminder for x amount of days instead
of weeks or months.
Another feature I would like to see is the option to attach a scanned
receipt to a day so I would have warrantee information at my
Just thinking out loud. If more people find a need for these
features, more may suggest it to Yahoo.
If you aren't backing up your data, all of your data, then either it
isn't worth anything or you have more serious problems than keeping
track of how old your water heater is.
I use Carbonite (http://www.carbonite.com /). For $50/year, it will
back up all of the data on your PC over the internet to a secure
location. It does it in the background, dynamically. If you
accidentally erase a file, it will restore it in a minute or two, It
keeps multiple versions of files so if you want the version you had
yesterday, you can probably get it. The data is not in your house so
if you get robbed or there is a fire, earthquake, flood, whatever, the
data is safe. It's cheaper, faster, and safer than DVDs or tapes.
There are other online services. You really ought to get one of them.
Good luck seeing your data when the hard disk crashes, you erase or
overwrite a critical file (if you even have any critical files), or
any one of a number of disasters strikes. No worry, Darwin will sort
it all out. :-)
I'll never trust my data to some online service.
DVDs don't really have adequate capacity for full backup purposes, and
the few tape media that do have the capacity are way too expensive for
The two most viable media for home off-site backup are either the
portable 2.5" HDDs, or flash media be it USB drives, SD cards, etc. At
least two "units" of this media in rotation, one on-site to be updated
and one off-site in a safe deposit box gives you pretty secure backup.
One other possibility is using remote mirroring / replication between
two locations, say between friends homes. Locate one of portable HDDs at
each person's house and each replicates their data to their private disk
at the other's house. The same could work with home and vacation house,
home and office, etc.
Unless you are one in a million, the online service is far more
reliable that you are.
Gawd (or gag). You would go to all that trouble just to avoid using an
online service that would save you both time and money? Very few
people will actually follow such a regimen meticulously enough to make
it viable and even then it wouldn't provide dynamic backup. Carbonite
backs up new files within minutes of them being created, changed files
within 24 hours, and I can make it backup instantly whenever I want.
There was a post on the usenet photography list, recently. An online backup
company went into financial problems. The creditors took the storage
equipment, and promised to reformat it, wipe all the data, and sell the
equipment to pay for debts. I expect this to be far more common, and soon.
On Thu, 20 Nov 2008 13:09:07 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"
Yeah, and you believe that some nut in NY dug up some golden plates
buried by early inhabitants of this continent that came from the
Middle East despite conclusive DNA evidence that early Americans came
across the Bering Strait. This same nut then had a "revelation" that
allowed him to take multiple wives. You believe that God is punishing
black-skinned people because of sins they committed in the
pre-existence before this world was even created and that's why the
Mormon church denied them the right to hold the priesthood until
another convenient "revelation" lifted the priesthood ban but
curiously did not lighten their skin. You believe in marriage vows
that included pledges of submission by the women to their husbands on
penalty of death until recently when they were changed. Was that
another "relevation"? You believe that everyone who was ever born must
be baptized on this earth by proxy and that's why the Church does
genealogy, yet there is no explanation for how you are ever going to
get the names of all of the people for whom there are no records.
So, I plan to put a lot of weight in what you think about anything.
I work in the IT biz managing mission critical systems and data. That
carries over to my home environment where I have more than one UPS and
more than one backup generator. That online service would save neither
time nor money.
Are you kidding? You can do multiple UPS and multiple backup
"generators" for $50/year? You are in the wrong business. You should
be selling those systems. What a joke.
All that aside, 99.99% of home users will not install and could not
maintain such a system. You just made my point. Thanks.
The only point is on your head. UPSes and generators are in no way
required for the backup methods I specified, and neither method I
specified costs $50/yr. My UPSes and generators keep my system
*operational* during power outages, and have nothing to do with data
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