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Backup Saturday…

Backing up the computers in the house (other than the kids – I have given up on those).

I’ve been thinking about what I can’t live without technology wise today (my mother hates these kind of blogs but sometimes mom it’s the way my brain works).

  • Smart Phone (I have two and a 1/2 currently. The blackberry just really isn’t a smart phone)
  • Laptop
  • Cloud solutions

The last one is really broad because well there are so many cloud services I use that I can’t really say which one is the most important at this point. I have a cloud backup solution that is critical. It has copies of all my digital photographs and movies. I was using Mozy for that but its too slow and now way to expensive. Carbonite is the new tool of choice, good price and so far the tool is fairly fast. I like the fact that it mounts a recovery drive on my system. In retrospect I should have installed it on my home server but I wasn’t thinking that far in advance at the time.

I am a huge fan of automated backups now. I wasn’t always. I used to kick off and manage all the backups I did but between the apple ease and the home server capacity (and frankly the easiest home backup solution period) I am now a huge fan of automated backups. I suspect the next thing I will have to think about is how long you keep backups. Today I have about 30 days worth of backups for each machine. I doubt that I will continue to want to expand my home server storage so I may have to cut back at some point.

The other two are pretty obvious. I don’t know what I did before I had a smart phone. At the very least I never get bored when I have to wait in line now.

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Shameless IPad review


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OK, so now I get it. The Ipad represents more than simply an easy to use and leverage device. With Dish Remote I can watch television anytime, anywhere. I can have the Nook and Kindle software, as well as download my audible books creating a library on the go (in color). I can watch Hulu and Netflix. It simply is bar none the best device I have used in ages.

To Jim Wilt – an apology – you were right about the Ipad’s capacity.

The thing that separates the Ipad from other low end tablets is simply ease of use. The areas where tablet’s will pass the Ipad  are quite simply: Cost (apple has never been the low cost market entry), expandability and additional functionality. The ITunes application store will remain a critical component of the Ipad taking on the low end of the tablet market however. I can still do more with my ASUS tablet than I can with the Ipad, but that gap is closing. Hopefully when it ships windows 8 will move that bar a little higher.

I suspect the next big thing will be the Icloud and the impact that will have on the device. Currently I don’t use office applications on the Ipad but as Jim Wilt recommended to me, I connect to a PC and leverage VDI’s and RDP to have a larger desktop. Airdisplay is a great tool that let’s me expand my ASUS tablet with the airplay tool and use my IPAD as an additional monitor.

I was a Macintosh supported as recently as 1995. They are slowly winning me back.

Now if only they could actually have decent pricing.

 

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The Beer Fueled Megaphone


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To beat the crowd, you slide in

and sit at the bar

The wood

polished

gleaming

rounded edges facing me

as I slide against the wooden embrace

and pull against the

copper foot what is it called?

the foot rail that you rest your feet upon

as the beer flows

and Sportscenter

always Sportscenter

blaring from the speakers

the glad handing and

conversation of

things that should be done

“From a business perspective” the

first voice says

“from an HR perspective” the woman responds

each moment of the conversation

dragging into the bar

and smudging the clean and gleaming surface

there are ten million stories in every city, now naked

but yours

fueled by the beer megaphone

drowns the others out

“What exactly did they think would happen”

and we slide further down the bar

you not seeing the space opened around you

as though you were the opposite of a black hole

pushing away

your beer fueled megaphone blasting us into

like a vocal sand blaster

“what were they thinking?”

we don’t know

and now, we pay our tabs

and we don’t care.

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