He had an abacus???? When I was a lad we had to count using our
fingers and toes. That is when our toes weren't occupied with walking
to school, miles through the snow, up hill both ways!
Our bare feet wrapped in barbed wire for traction on the ice of
I remember one day the path was so slippery that every step forward
resulted in sliding back three. the only way to get there was to turn
around and walk the other way.
A couple weeks ago, at a boot sale in the other London, I upgraded my
backup system from an abacus to a nice little No. 28 Concise slide
rule (circular) for 50p.
Are we to presume that you still have all of your files on tape - paper
tape, that is - or do you still have them on punched cards?
Either way, do you have a reader for that media?
If you can't read those "almost 50 years" worth of backup copies then
they're useless. <BG>
PS: If you *do* have a paper tape reader, I've got a few rolls you could
transfer to DVD for me...
On Tue, 30 Aug 2005 22:10:01 -0400, the renowned
Or a DVD (4.7G , super-cheap**) . Or a double-layer DVD (8.5G, still a
little pricey). Can't wait for recordable HD-DVD and/or Blu-Ray disks.
** huge spindles of blanks in supermarkets, computer stores, office
supply places etc. etc. It is very gratifying that people are finally
taking their data backup seriously.
"it's the network..." "The Journey is the reward"
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You still can't beat an extra hard disk. They go on sale with manufacture's
rebate at unbelievable prices at Best Buy. I got 80 Gig ones for $20 a month
back. When you install them, it asks you to backup up your complete machine.
When the old HD breaks, just unplug it. I lernt the hard way - restoring a
crashed computer HD from CDs will take you all day - restoring from another
HD takes 5 minutes
Best way is 2 IDENTICAL drives - mirrored by the operating system.
Break the mirror set and pull the second drive - store offsite.
Then back up data only on CD or DVD. Whenever a new program is
installed, or major updates are done, re-do the mirror.
With DVD you CAN do a complete "bootable" copy of the hard drive to
DVD id the partition is small (set up the HD with a "system" partition
and a "data" partition. The "system" partition does not change often -
so you back up the DATA on a regular basis - does not have to be
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