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Re: Dropbox Free Storage
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2013, 04:31:37 PM »
Oh yes. I seem to recall that one from my windows 3.1 days, when the one-step back technologically was to a datacorder! ha ha.
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Re: Dropbox Free Storage
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2013, 06:03:39 PM »
I have an instinctive and probably ill-founded distrust of online storage.  It's just that it's not really under my control.  If I used several machines, scattered all over the place I'd probably come to terms with the need.  But with one main computer and a portable version of my processor on a thumb drive I'm happy.

Backups, etc:  I use control S out of old habit, but have also set autosave for three minutes.  Nearly every WP programme has an autosave in there somewhere, so find it and set it.  It can save your bacon on those occasions when you're hammering away in full cry without thinking of saving and then you pull the dumbarse trick of deleting instead of saving.  Most likely when you're really tired.  If you've never been there yet you will be one day ;-)

Why three minutes?  Some systems have five as the lowest setting.  Cold logic says if I can't remember what I typed in the last three minutes, if disaster strikes, then it probably wasn't worth saving.  Rarely more than 150 words in my case. 180 tops ;-)

I also have a 1Tb external drive as backup.  It does incremental backups, (only backing up files which have changed and ignoring the rest), which are much quicker than the other option.  When backups are easy they'll get done, when it is difficult they get put off until 'later'.  It's basic human nature.  It took best part of a day to do the original 'full' backups of the three discs inside the case, and I put it off for ages.  Felt much better afterwards though

I can do the incrementals whilst having the first coffee/tea of the day, and then turn off the backup drive until next time.  If there's lightning about I unplug the USB connector as well.

My Sis pointed out that most people do the backups last thing at night.  I countered by saying that's when I'm most tired and more likely to make a mistake, although it is pretty well automated by now. 

"What if lightning hits the computer during the night?"

"It's a thought, but seeing as my head is only about six feet from the computer I'd probably be wiped as well."

For what it may be worth I use a programme called Abelssoft Backup Pro 2012.  It suits me just fine ;-)

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Re: Dropbox Free Storage
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2013, 06:09:47 PM »
With regards to the auto save, Gyppo. I had a new netbook and was still getting used to it. My word had an auto save on, and I accidentally wiped the lot out. You've guessed it, it auto saved the blank screen. I don't have much with technology - I blame the fast fingers.
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2013, 06:13:44 PM »
I can see that happening ;-(  But overall it will probably save more people than it betrays.

Flying fingers can really get us in trouble at times ;-)
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Re: Dropbox Free Storage
« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2013, 06:19:36 PM »
I can't help it. My keyboard has been on fire many a time ;) :D
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Re: Dropbox Free Storage
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2013, 06:20:24 PM »
For what it's worth - I've been using Drop Box for about two years now.
 Set it up shortly after I hurt my knee because I was working on the laptop mostly due to the fact it was more trouble to get back here to the desk top.

It took a little bit for me to get both of them to recognize I was just one person with two computers (probably my fault). But once that was established, it's been easy.

If I work on a piece on one machine, the other updated the work the next time I turn it on. I find it much simpler than remembering which thumb drive I put which work on. And, you can keep everything private or give certain files a password to share with others if you wish to do so.  
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Re: Dropbox Free Storage
« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2013, 07:14:52 PM »
I've never used them because I was unsure how and whether it could be viewed. :-[

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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2013, 07:40:14 PM »
I've never used them because I was unsure how and whether it could be viewed. :-[

Only viewed by others if you choose to share it with them Ma. You can keep them all private or allow others you choose to share with.

The neat thing is that you can also save photos there as well as your writing.  ;)
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Re: Dropbox Free Storage
« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2013, 07:54:20 PM »
Hmn, may be worth my while investigating. :)

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Re: Dropbox Free Storage
« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2013, 09:42:48 PM »
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I have an instinctive and probably ill-founded distrust of online storage.  It's just that it's not really under my control.

I agree and it can be hacked like everything else. I stay away from anything on the "cloud." Paranoia, but I think it is a healthy paranoia. JMO

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Re: Dropbox Free Storage
« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2013, 06:43:16 AM »
Briefly stepping aside from dropbbox for a second.  The only cloud facility I use is the Panda anti-virus.  I've used it since it was beta, and although I run a couple of others occasionally, just in case, they never find anything which has got past the little black and white fellow.

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Re: Dropbox Free Storage
« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2013, 10:30:44 AM »
Briefly stepping aside from dropbbox for a second.  The only cloud facility I use is the Panda anti-virus.  I've used it since it was beta, and although I run a couple of others occasionally, just in case, they never find anything which has got past the little black and white fellow.

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« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2013, 10:58:11 AM »
Here's a tip:
If you have a browser based mail account, like gmail, you can save some files in a draft email which saves them on the mail server. You can then access your mail account and files from any browser on any computer without installing anything.

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Re: Dropbox Free Storage
« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2013, 03:24:15 PM »
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If you have a browser based mail account, like gmail, you can save some files in a draft email which saves them on the mail server. You can then access your mail account and files from any browser on any computer without installing anything.

True, but keep in mind that the host has access to them for data mining and such.