• Mark

    I’ve never used Carbonite, but if you want to store files, photo’s etc, Dropbox is perfect. Everything you drop in the Dropbox folder automatically gets synced in the Cloud, and transferred to al your computers (and alsho iPhone if you install the dropbox app) You get some gigabytes for free, if you want more you have to pay. http://www.dropbox.com

    Is Carbonite one of the firms that have dropped Rush? 

  • Danny Lemieux

    Thanks, Mark. Answer is “yes”.

  • jj

    Mosey, Norton – the world is full of back-ups.  Hell, the only reason anybody ever heard of Carbonite is because of Limbaugh, not because they’re splendidly better than anyone else.  Hannity uses Mosey.  Norton’s good, too. 

  • jnb

    I decided against Carbonite for two reasons: it does not back-up the operating system, and it is on the internet.  If you have a computer (like a Dell, as I do) which doesn’t come an operating system disk, and the primary HD fails, without operating system back-up, you are kinda SOL.  And if the primary HD fails, you can’t even get onto the internet  without with another computer.
    Internet back-ups have some uses, but for regular back-ups, I prefer one of the products that takes an image that you can store on an external HD or a NAS (network attached storage). These are really cheap today.
    See Acronis True Image (49.99) or Shadow Protect (89.95).  I have used Shadow Protect for many years, and it has saved my bacon more than once. It seems designed more for corporate use than personal use, so it is probably not as “user friendly” as the Acronis product (which I have never used but has a very good reputation). However, once set up, back-up is a breeze.
    Now, I have a 3rd reason for not using Carbonite, or Pro-Flowers, any Citrix product, or any other advertiser that decided they don’t want to associated with Limbaugh.  For a good statement of the issue, see “Limbaugh and Our Phony Contraception Debate, ” by Cathy Cleaver Ruse in today’s WSJ.
     
     
     
     
         

  • jj

    That’s a good point, jnb, and the logic of the computer makers is kind of… weird.  Circular at best.
     
    “I’m having computer trouble.”
    “Check the manual.”
    “I don’t seem to find a manual in the packaging.”
    “The manual’s on line.”
    “Well, y’see – the problem is, I can’t get online.  So now what?”
    “Dave, what are you doing?  Dave?  Daisy, Daisy, give me your ans-wer, dooo… I’m half cra-zeee…”
     
    I’m a consumer of SanDisk Cruzer flash drives, myself.  16gb ought to handle the entire contents of just about anybody’s hard drive, and can be swallowed, in the event that you or any of your team is captured, and the Secretary has to disavow any knowledge of you or your mission.  Same problem, though – you won’t be able to copy your OS.  I think we all have to start avoiding manufacturers who won’t give out a system disk.  (Start avoiding Microsoft, too.  Their stuff is mostly crap anyway, and I’m sick of the fact that they keep changing, excuse me – “updating and improving” – their OS every couple of years.  And they keep taking programs I actually like, that were once free, and steadily making them worse even as they charge more and more for them.  Word would be the prime example.)
     
    I’m with jnb – back it up yourself, and keep it in your own pocket.
     

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

     
    It’s “Mozy.com”, by the way.

  • Caped Crusader

    Get a Mac. Buy a good external hard drive @ $100. Plug in USB and turn on Time Machine. Viola! Everything you do is backed up and there are no further charges and it is all yours!

  • http://poliwogspoliblog@blogspot.com poliwog

    I’m seeing Backblaze mentioned a lot at Ace of Spades but am not familiar with it myself.

  • Leah

    I think it’s spelled Mozy

  • powerlifter

    I use MozyPro for an internet backup and a Passport external drive for an external drive backup.  The Mozy backup saved me from complete catastrophe a few years ago when my computer failed.  I am happy with Mozy.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I may have to look at Mozy. Because I travel with my Mac, I need something that backs up into the cloud.

  • http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ Indigo Red

    Get a 1 terabyte MyBook Western Digital external hard drive for $100-200 (on sale now at Target for $109.99.) It plugs into the computer via USB, has built-in backup software, backs up in the background without interfering with normal operation. It can also be used as another hard drive and store whatever. You get all the backup needed plus it’s totally local so almost no chance of hack like offsite storage.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Lol. You heard about that one as well? heh

    Buying terabyte external hard drives and backing up your data is a manual solution. Just leave it running during the night while you copy the entire hard drive. Updating is also done the same way, just copy and paste everything. Of course, finding the information may be a tad difficult without special software. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Carbonite’s CEO and owner, is a MoveOn supporter and basically a clone version of Soros. So no, it isn’t just about dropping Rush.

     

  • michaeln

    A good review of online backup services here…
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2288745,00.asp
    Being a professional IT guy (retired) allow me to clarify some of the previous statements.
    1. Dropbox is not designed to be a primary backup solution. It is designed to synchronize files across multiple platforms.
    2. Local hard drive solutions are good but if someone steals it or it’s damaged (like in a fire) then you are out of luck.
    3. Online backup up provides a safe place that is not subject to localized catastrophes.
    Personally I use both a local hard drive backup and an online backup. Being a Mac user makes it easy but Windows 7 has a good backup program also.

  • bizcor

     
    Here you go folks Investors flee Carbonite. Personally I use an external hard drive to back up. I have a unit that stores ½ a terabyte which I will never fill in my life time. The thing is about the size of a deck of playing cards and cost me $80 at Radio Shack. It mirrors my computer files and takes about three minutes to complete. I store it by the exit so in case of emergency I can grab it on the way out the door. If you want an online backup alternative Twitter Peeps have been recommending Mozy as an alternative ever since the Carbonite announcement. You will also find that the CEO of Carbonite is an Obama campaign contributor. AOL I am sure contributes to Obama who knows about Pro Flowers et al. I use my local florist and FTD they are usually much less expensive than Pro Flowers. Monday Rush didn’t say to boycott these businesses. Instead he said they have decided they don’t want your business. I think in the end this will all turn out in Rush’s favor. I also believe Sandra Fluke is the face of the Liberals new guard. “A Star is Born” Whoo Hooo!
     

  • Jose

    I boot the PC from a Linux CD (usually Puppy) and copy the whole hard drive, including OS, to an external drive.
     
    I don’t think this is the solution for Danny, but it might work for someone else. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Blowback is a B isn’t it?

  • http://ritestuff.blogspot.com/ Karl

    Looks like you got lots of answers, but when a Facebook friend asked the same question, I pointed him at Wikipedia.  One of the links in the article on Carbonite leads to a list of online backup services.

  • bizcor

    I do not trust Wikipedia. The under thirty crowd who have been indoctrinated by the education system are the internet. Mark Zukerberg may be by now 30. He is a billionaire and is a product of Harvard. AOL, Carbonite, and the others we read and listen to are indoctrinated leftists. That said we have Bookworm, Michell Malkin, and many others who will keep us straight but Wikipedia has to be taken with a grain or a pound of salt.

  • http://ritestuff.blogspot.com/ Karl

    I find Wikipedia is pretty good for the “Geek Studies” topics.  And the list of online backup services is just that — a list.  You’re free to click through to the service and verify that they still offer what the list says they do.
     
    In other topics…  One application I’d love to see is a filter that will read through the history page of an article and color code the text of the article based on how many times it’s been revised over the past year or so.  Black on white means no changes, or fewer than five or so.  Anything over, say, 500 gets yellow text on a red background, and other color schemes for intermediate levels of activity.  This way, the contentious passages are automatically flagged.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I want to thank everyone for their comments.

    I disconnected my automatic annual renewal w/ Carbonite settled on SOS. I can only say one thing about their on-line, right-away customer service:

    S.U.P.E.R.B!

    It is kind of fun getting my daily reminders from Carbonite about how my subscription is about to expire.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Wikipedia has actually proven extremely hard for the Left to indoctrinate or control. There’s just too much information.

    The Left can only control information with calculated lies. They cannot dominate Wikipedia. And that’s a benefit of the internet, not a detriment.

     If I had a choice between the LEft and the internet, full of all the trolls and idiots, I would take the internet. Because the Left has not yet been able to control the internet, like they do with your lives, economy, and political situation.