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And by way of examples of the new camera's performance, I'll start with a shot of one bun reapplying her head following thorough cleaning and ear maintenance, and finish with a brief (fifty seconds) video clip of similar. It is adorable, even allowing for the inevitable swaying of the camera, being held freehand during a stiff wind. (It'd been a rainy day, on and off, hence her somewhat damp appearance)


September 13 2008 sees Acorn's 30th anniversary, and to celebrate, quite a number of the original figures will be attending a 400-strong party in Cherry Hinton. ^_^ (About half the tickets had gone by last weekend)

I think I should take Red out and about at some point.. maybe EuroFurence next year, given that sounds like a fun event, and of a distinctly different nature to FC et al. Possibly the Bunny Jam?

Shiny furries in the future! What's not to love? Beautifully drawn, heavily manga-influenced: Xen.

You can download Big Finish's audio drama UNIT: The Coup, starring the (former, now General =:) Brigadier, for free. Dashed decent. ^_^ (But you need to register first? Ew)

A Best of Craigslist warning regarding fat-free Pringles. If you know what the warning they attach to "Olean" is, you know the low level of humor (as long as you're not the guy in question) involved. ^_^

Poll #1254096 Backups!

Do you perform backups on your main computer?

At least daily
11(23.9%)
Weekly
8(17.4%)
Occasionally
26(56.5%)
Never
1(2.2%)

How much of your data do you backup?

Entire drive(s)
11(23.9%)
Most of it
16(34.8%)
Only a selection (eg email & music)
18(39.1%)
Bare minimum (eg contact info)
1(2.2%)
None
0(0.0%)

How much space do you use for backups?

More than 1TB
2(4.4%)
500GB - 1TB
6(13.3%)
100GB - 499GB
13(28.9%)
10GB - 99GB
16(35.6%)
1GB-9GB
5(11.1%)
100MB - 999MB
0(0.0%)
Less than 100MB
3(6.7%)

What software do you use?

Time Machine
4(9.1%)
Dantz Retrospect
0(0.0%)
SuperDuper
1(2.3%)
Homebrewed script
5(11.4%)
Drive manufacturer's (eg Maxtor OneTouch)
1(2.3%)
Toast
1(2.3%)
Nero
0(0.0%)
Other
23(52.3%)

Where does it all go?

An external drive
16(34.8%)
A server on the LAN
5(10.9%)
Dedicated SAN device (eg NSLU2, Drobo)
1(2.2%)
WAN server (eg colo)
1(2.2%)
WAN cloud (eg Amazon EBS)
2(4.3%)
Blu-Ray recordable
0(0.0%)
DVD-R
3(6.5%)
CD-R
4(8.7%)
Magnetic tape
0(0.0%)
Paper tape
0(0.0%)

Seemed like a good time to get around to updating the PSP's firmware, and went for the latest homebrewed edition, 4.01M33-2, with added 1.50 goodness.

Plus points about the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus: case design makes it very easy to grip; quiet; backup/encryption/locking software supplied for OS X and Windows (including 64-bit). Bad point: the busy LED is bright white, and flashes when active. Also, the busy LED is bright white, and flashes when active. Now I realise that, technically speaking, that's only one flaw, but I thought it was such a big one it was worth mentioning twice.

Yay! Season 2 of the Sarah Jane Adventures starts airing in the UK on Monday, September 29. ^_^

Squee at the grooming bunny! In 720p HD! (50s, 20MB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Indeed - and the demand for ever greater backup capacities isn't going to vanish any time soon. That's surely hurt optical media in that regard, given even a dual-layer BD-R is only (only!) 50GB - who wants to wait around for a 1TB drive to get spread across twenty discs? (Even aside from the cost of the media, for now)

Similarly, I'll backup larger chunks like the music collection periodically onto a few DVD-Rs, and write out other material as it comes in onto DVD-R, only (for now) keeping a small subset online. Ultimately, though, I'd like to have an array of drives sufficient to keep everything online, with redundancy. At that point, I might forego routine optical writing, keeping that for just essential and easily written material - but even there, unless the volume were into the gigabytes, it's as easy to just leave a couple copies around online. (Hmm. Wonder if Gdrive still exists..)

Plus, of course, an eternal problem with DVD-R backups is simply reliability - some dyes are definitely better than others, and unscrupulous manufacturers are faking the codes of good ones, as Taiyo Yuden can attest. Branding, unsurprisingly, is only partially useful - Verbatim retain a very good reputation, but Memorex seems to appear on anyone's packages, as long as they pay the required fee.

I've never seriously considered online backup. Besides for some concern for security and reliability, there is the issue of bandwidth caps and upload speed for a multi-gig backup.

I imagine some sort of incremental system would decrease the bandwidth concerns over time. And it's very much an off-site backup.

In the past I've tried external hard drives, but there were reliability problems. Mine were used internal drives in cheap external enclosures. If the drive's electronics didn't short to the case, the enclosure's controller chip overheated.

For DVD media, I strictly use Verbatim. Some brands I've had issues with (*cough* Memorex). Verbatim supposedly makes all their stuff themselves, but lately some of their packs have an India origin. At least they don't delaminate like early Sony discs.

I've yet to have longevity issues with media, save for some 90's gold CD-Rs that could only be read on the drive that burned them.