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  •  Unrelated: backup, backup, backup (6+ / 0-)

    If you don't already have something like this, I'm going to strongly recommend setting up online backup.

    For myself, when I recently purchased a new laptop I actually forced a backup of the old one using CrashPlan, then simply restored the needed files from that backup on my new PC. This was viable because my backup destination in this case was my desktop PC sitting on the same network; doing it online might not have worked so well (at least it would've been slower).

    Online backup providers - prices are comparable between them, though CrashPlan has a free option:
    * Crashplan - this is the one I use, because I'm using the free version that allows backups between your own computers and those of friends/family. They also have an online service with some better features.
    * Carbonite - if not the big dog, at least the well-known one. They're advertising on various progressive shows these days as well.
    * BackBlaze - They're a smallish company but have been very open and have provided a lot of useful information about how they set up their storage systems (with enough detail for others to duplicate their setups).

    Online Storage providers - these generally have a folder or folders that are synced with online storage and optionally to other computers you own, sometimes to mobile devices (with limitations):
    * Dropbox - the grandaddy, works on all sorts of systems, has ways to earn some extra storage free. Purchasing extra storage seemed a bit high to me.
    * Box (formerly - another provider
    * SugarSync - another provider
    * Google Drive - the goog
    * Microsoft SkyDrive - MS
    * SpiderOak - much less well known, but has a reputation (and supporting details) for much better file security than some of the others, but has less cross-platform support than some.
    * Ubuntu One - for the Linux fans out there.
    * Amazon S3-based options (e.g. JungleDisk) - may not be as transparent, but charge based on the actual amount stored/moved.

    •  Thanks for the info (2+ / 0-)
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      historys mysteries, Amber6541

      I don't put much on the computer and what I have is backed up on a little gadget my computer guy calls a thumb drive.   The stuff he has to transfer is there, but there are things like the set up for a customized internet explorer, an extra browser or two, installing my printer antivirus and other software.  I'm not sure a back up service would do those things.  Maybe I'm wrong.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 02:16:23 PM PST

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    •  What if you only have one computer (1+ / 0-)
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      and it's not a laptop? And computer owner is up in years
      and not an expert at all this . . .

      •  Describing my situation exactly (0+ / 0-)

        Sadly, puter crashed again.  I'm writing another diary.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 01:45:48 PM PST

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