March 31st is World Backup Day

Mar 31, 2011 by

Who knew that there was such a thing?

Well apparently there is, and its today.

What is World Backup Day you ask?   Well its simply a reminder that you should backup your data.  All of your digital files, pictures, music etc are fragile and they need to be protected.  Computers crash.  Hard drives fail.  Natural disasters happen.

You need to make sure you have a copy of those files somewhere as a backup, and thus here we are on World Backup Day.

How/Where to backup your files:

  • A USB thumbdrive – Good for quick backups of a few important files, but it may not have enough room to backup everything.  If you don’t have one, I recommend you get one.
  • An external harddrive – Great for backing up all your data.  Its quick, and hard drives are cheap.  But what happens if your water heater breaks and floods your whole house and wipes out both your computer and your backup?
  • Backing up online – This is a great solution to always have a copy of your files stored somewhere else that is safe.  The downside of this is that it may be slow to upload all of these files the first time, but after that it only updates changes to the files.

So what should you do?

All three and then some.

I recommend having a USB thumbdrive for your really important files.  Store it in a safe or safety deposit box if you have either, otherwise somewhere safe and dry.

I also recommend a good external hard drive – Great for backing up all your data.  Its quick, and hard drives are cheap. to have a local copy of all of your files on hand.  Hard drives are cheap these days and it really really sucks to lose an important document or some memories in all of your digital pictures.

And finally a good online backup solution is needed.  I use Dropbox, and LOVE it, for all my important files I work with everyday so I always have the latest copy where ever I need them.  I also use Carbonite for ALL of my files, and they are OK.  I have backed up 467GB of data with them (thats a lot) and they have worked fairly well over the years.  I had some trouble when I switched from XP to Windows 7 on my desktop machine.  I’m also looking at other online backup solutions such as Crashplan, or Backblaze.

I’ve had computers die on me.  I’ve had hard drives crash.  Its a HORRIBLE feeling to realize you lost some very important file or those great pictures from your last trip.  Don’t let this happen to you and backup your data today.

Ben…

If you’ve got any questions on any of this, let me know in the comments.

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13 DIY projects to re-use shipping pallets

Mar 31, 2011 by

I love re-using things to build other things, so this is right up my alley.  Webecoist has a post showing 13 DIY projects from used pallets.

My favorite are these rolling crates, but the accent wall is also very cool.

Check out all 13 at  WebEcoist

Ben…

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Fix it…

Mar 28, 2011 by

I’m a big fixer.   I fix things.  All sorts of things.   Cars, computers, camping gear, I always try to fix something before getting rid of it.  I recently found the Fixers Collective and I’m in love with the idea and wish it was in my area.

From their site:

Fixers’ Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing and mending

They get together each week and teach/help others fix their items.  How great is that?  I love the idea of teaching others the lost art of fixing.  Today everyone throws away their stuff just to replace it when they could be saving a lot of $$$ to simply fix the item.   This keeps these items out of the landfills and money in your pocket.  Brilliant.  If you are in the NY area, do check them out.

Ben…

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1-A-Weel: Week 11 & 12 – more stuff

Mar 25, 2011 by

I missed posting last week as I was moving TrulySimple to another server and ran into some database and migration issues and couldn’t post, so here are my 1-A-Weeks for this week and last week.

And its just more stuff I don’t need that i’m donating to charity.  Its nothing special, but I cleaned out my hall closet and got rid of a bunch of old towels and such I don’t use or need.

The second batch of stuff came from the time I cleaned out my kitchen island. I didn’t give this extra stuff away yet, because my wife freaks out when I get rid of too much stuff so I do it in stages, which is a good trick if you find yourself having a hard time letting go of things you think you need.

Simply move the items in question into a box, bag, whatever and put them somewhere else, like the garage, for a period of time, say a month, or 6 months.  If you find yourself needing those items during that period of time then you may need/want to keep them.  Chances are you will never need them and realize that its OK to take that box or bag and get it out of your house.

So its been a while, and out it goes.

Ben…

1AW is a project by which I’m getting rid of at least 1 thing each week that I do not need, want, or use anymore.  Doing at least one thing per week helps me reduce the clutter in my life and make room for what is truly important.

 

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Free money part 2

Mar 24, 2011 by

This is the second post in my Free Money series

I just received my second check of the year from my REI Visa card and it was a whopper!  Over $650 bucks in free money to spend at REI on whatever I want (or I can just get the cash back).   I love REI and I love all the fun toys for great outdoor adventures so its not a problem to find fun things to buy.  Also this weekend is their used gear sale and that’s where I get some awesome deals on gear, so its all good.

I get this free money by automating my finances, and paying whatever bills I can with my visa and then paying the Visa bill off each month.

DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU DON’T PAY YOUR CREDIT CARD BILL OFF EACH MONTH!!!!

Sorry for yelling, but if you have debt on your credit cards, pay that off first.  There is no point in racking up more debt and more interest on that debt.

But if you are good and pay your bills each month in full, why bother with the hassle of actually paying your bills each month. Set them on autopilot.

This post, shows you how to do that.

Then just sit back and have fun spending some free money each year.

Ben…

 

 

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