Backups [was Re: Is tape dead?]

Fred Cisin cisin at
Fri Sep 18 11:49:13 CDT 2015

On Fri, 18 Sep 2015, Liam Proven wrote:
> However, Cryptolocker et al spread by fooling users into running
> something they shouldn't run. I'm sorry, but you got suckered.

I now think that it was a "We're Adobe, click here to update Flash Player"
or maybe "Java update"
But, I never got my winnings from the Elbonian Lottery.

It got everything in that computer, and started on the backup drive that 
was currently connected.  I now realize the importance of diconnecting the 
backup drive promptly.    D'uh!

But, it got bogged down in the first directory of the backup drive, and 
hadn't moved on to the other directories by the time it started extortion 
of the computer!  Tht directory was full of zillions of files, mostly 
photos copied from my friend's computer after he died.  He saved me from 
beyond the grave!   And, I still have his machine to make another copy of 

Hmmm.  30 years ago, I stepped on the DIRectory of a floppy, and created a 
subdirectory that had a subdirectory that was its parent directory.  It 
actually worked well enough to prevent CHKDSK /V from being able to walk 
the DIRectory tree (kept trying to follow subdirectories back onto 
themselves).  I wonder if that would work on this?  (until they notice, 
and change their sequence).  Also created files named "*.*" and 
"????????.???", multiple entries for same file in DIRectory, etc.

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at

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