Resolutions? Pah!

… Don’t believe in ’em, don’t do ’em. However, if you read famous old posts like this with furrowed brow and guilty conscience, perhaps you need to make at least one resolution:

Dear Lazyweb, and also a certain you-know-who-you-are who should certainly know better by now,

I am here to tell you about backups. It’s very simple.

Jamie Zawinski, PSA: backups.

In addition to the excellent advice, this post also contains one of the best quotes about technology ever.


  1. Hard drive failures I think are pretty rare, I've never had one fail on me ever. But backup are particularly good for protecting against stupidity, deleting you own data. I never ever did backups until OS X's Time Machine (which just works great). It's already saved me from losing about a days work 2 times, so it's already paid for itself.Damien Katz#
  2. I have had a hard drive failure, but yes, back-ups have saved me from myself on a number of occasions :-) Ben Poole#
  3. Definitely. Time Machine is a nice addendum to JWZ's (otherwise solid) maxim.goto_11#
  4. If you're running Windows, you could also use;

    robocopy.exe c:\source\ \\destination\backups /S /MIR

    You can find robocopy anywhere on the net.

    I personally use SyncBackSE as it will send email logs etc. Williams#
  5. Would I be right in saying that he's not an advocate of the Microsoft Windows Operating Systems then?!Rob Wills#
  6. Well, he kind of sits on the fence eh:
    If you’re using Linux, it’s something a lot like that. If you’re using Windows, go fuck yourself.

    :-D Ben Poole#
  7. Happy New Year Ben - don't push it!Simon Barratt#

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