You can't be too careful. I had a guy who owns a little machine shop bring me one of the fancy WD mybooks with the network port on it. He had been using it to store all his cnc data and other business stuff. I couldn't read the drive with anything I could find and sent him to an outfit that would probably charge him $700 just to get interested in the problem. This unit had vents all over it, but it was plastic which doesn't conduct heat well, and it had no fan in it.
I alternate backups between a couple of external hard drives and I store them in a safe that is supposedly fire resistant. I also try to keep my laptop up to date with the same info, I'd grab it if I was in a big hurry to go. I've lost enough work to mistakes of my own doing. I don't want to lose any due to hardware failure.
On 8/18/2012 17:11, Duane Iverson wrote:
To unsubscribe from this list, send a blank Email to bookshare-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxTrue! Very True! my daughter lost hers which had all her music on it. a lot of music. I use mine for back-up only plug it in, copy the stuff, unplug it and put it back in the box. Another solution are memory sticks. The price has come down. I recently bought a pack of 3 eight-gig sticks from Sams Club. One would have to be careful though either to label each stick, you'd have to put in it's on envelope or something or write a read-me.txt file in the root directory of each stick. for example: copied august 4 2012. This drive contains all my books from Baen that would fit. next stick might read made august 5, 2012. this drive contains the rest of my baen library and all the books I downloaded from bookshare. I have to admit I've never tried a cloud based back-up service. I am so paronoid though after losing all my financial records from 1997 to 2006 that I have two back-up hard drives. kept in separate locations. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Hill" <hillco@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2012 4:10 PM Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Re: Ot New computer advice and monitor for low visionGreat, except for one thing: external hard drives aren't cooled well and when they die it can be either trivial or extremely expensive to get the data off of them. Use an external drive for backup if you wish, but they are probably less reliable than an internal drive due to lack of cooling and the fact that they can be knocked around more easily. If you need backup for a reasonable amount of stuff and you don't want to mess around with an external drive, consider services like the free dropbox or paied carbonite. On 8/18/2012 14:49, Duane Iverson wrote:One quiet suggestion. Buy an external hard drive and put all your important files on that drive: Then a crash is aa heck of an annoyance but not a catastrophy. Also as far as sighted use of the screen goes Have you looked at either Magic the screen inlarger from f reedom Scientific? Or the system access program from serotek which has a built in screen enlarger? ----- Original Message ----- From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Cc: <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 2:57 PM Subject: [bookshare-discuss] Ot New computer advice and monitor for low visionDear Booksharian Friends, Proofreading is what I do most of the time when I'm at my computer. Mine is about 7 years old. To proof books in word I have to divide them in parts or my computer fan shrieks and there are large time lags when I make changes. Last night I got a blue screen and two weeks ago I got a blue screen one day, a black screen the next day and a blue screen the following day. My fan is so loud when I go to a site like Amazon or Paperback Swap that I can't hear anything else in the house. I think Scotty would say, "She can't stand the strain, Captain.!" I'm terrified that the next crash will leave me with no ability to save the files of all the books I've proofed, my the poetry I've collected, the quotes I glean from the books I proof, the Gaelic dictionary I've compiled while reading books about Scotland and Ireland, The personal e-mail that means so much to me and my favorites that help me find the sites on the internet I love. I have to get a new computer! I use jaws to do 99 percent of my computer work. I have no light perception in one eye and under 20/400 in the eye that works. It has no travel vision. I can't see things at the end of my arm, on the floor or across the table from me when I'm eating with others. The miracle is that I can still see print if my nose is literally touching the screen or no more than 2 inches away, one inch if the print is on paper and is large enough. My current monitor which turns dark aqua blue sometimes is the heavy old type of TV. I can see enlarged pictures or print on it with no distortion. I only have to frequently clean off my nose prints. The new computers have flat screens. When I get close enough to them to see them a kind of shadow appears, darkening what I'm trying to see so that I can't see it at all. No matter how large the screen is, my particular vision problem requires me to be right up there. Often it means standing up so I can lean over the keyboard. For this reason, I can't see the screen on a laptop. I'll be buying a desk top with a big monitor. Can any of you advise me of a kind of monitor which doesn't get all distorted when you get right up close to it? Can anyone advise me of a computer you think will be strong enough for me to continue proofreading? I don't play computer games because they move too fast for me to track and I can only see a little part of the screen at one time. I want a computer which will be able to handle long books in Word and will have a big memory for the books I like to keep after they are approved. I'd also like to save music, which I haven't been able to do for ages because my computer has been extremely noisy for at least two years. I just couldn't afford to replace it the minute it became troublesome. I think now I can't delay getting a new computer any longer. I'm also wondering if anyone will be able to help me work with the new Word I'll get. I'm not intuitive when it comes to anything electronic. I'd use word 2003 forever if I could. Evan proofs in k1000, so word isn't his go to proofing platform. Any advice will be deeply appreciated. I'm so sad that my Dell is begging to retire. Maybe with a new computer it'll be easier to organize and keep up with e-mail, particular e-mail from individuals. I don't do face book and twitter, but e-mail from individuals is precious. The Geek squad from Best buy will come to my house to install JAWS, k1000 and transfer my current memories to my new computer. I am so scared they'll say they can't do it. Computers are wonderful, but hard copies of books and music don't vaporize in an instant. When my new computer crashed after only a year, they said they couldn't retrieve the email. Wish me luck. Evan thinks I should be excited to be updating but I think its terrifying! And, I don't want to be stopped from proofreading for a single day. Always with love, Lissi To unsubscribe from this list, send a blank Email to bookshare-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the Subject line. 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