Is tape dead?
cclist at sydex.com
Tue Sep 15 13:36:57 CDT 2015
On 09/15/2015 10:49 AM, Mouse wrote:
> If the police needed to even _consider_ doing that, they need to fire
> whoever decided they didn't need proper backups. (And whoever was
> responsible for the mistake that got it running there to begin with,
> either whoever decided to let it run or whoever decided to use tools
> that would let it run, depending.)
I think a more important issue in backing up is "How many GENERATIONS to
you keep around?" If you're just overwriting last month's backup, you
could be propagating the effects of a malware or just plain error with
no means of retrieval.
My backups are currently done by connecting an external drive to a
system, and booting with a live CD. Important stuff is also duplicated
on several different machines--and when new technology obsoletes the
old, carry the content forward on the newer medium.
I back up my original work or valuable reference sources. No pictures
or movies. When you consider how much *original* work anyone does
during a lifetime, it's surprisingly little.
Maybe that's changed today. I remember seeing a figure of 11 debugged
lines of code per day per programmer as the average for a GSA programmer
back in the 1980s.
Related to the subject of backup devices, I've been seeing stupid-low
prices on SSD using MLC flash. How reliable are these things? I'm
still of the spinning rust persuasion, right now.
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