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Re: Re: Disk Crash

Subject: Re: Re: Disk Crash
From: Walter Knapp <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 21:37:02 -0400
Geoff Sample wrote:
> Hi Walt and other Mac users
> You might be interested in checking out Personal Backup from Intego.
> A versatile, but simple bit of software to help with backing-up and
> synchronising files, cost c.35 UKpounds. I've taken a similar approach to
> you, Walt, in wanting to deal with different areas of data (apps, audio
> files, docs etc.) in different ways. Since getting into large firewire
> drives, it became obvious that I needed a more systematic approach to
> backing-up. PB lets you set up any number of scripts for what volumes or
> folders you want backed-up and where. On first run of the script it copie=
> the specified data; on subsequent runs it checks for changes and updates
> where appropriate. Runs on OS9 and OSX.
> I can't fully vouch for this bit of software since I only started using i=
t a
> few months ago. But it was straight forward to set up and learn, seems to
> run well and does exactly what I want. But no... I'm not on any commissio=

I'll take a look at it. As I said I'm not too much liking automatic
backup. It's a risk it will backup the file you just trashed replacing
the good copy.

My main backup issue as I go into OSX is backing up the system disk with
it's apps and system. This was a simple copy operation in the Mac OS,
but unix is a different animal. In mac OS a copy booted just as well as
the original. If this software can copy the entire system disk onto a
backup and then restore from that to make a fully bootable disk it would
help with that problem. With Apple providing updates via the web that
are huge downloads via modem, rebuilding the system from scratch is not
trivial. And the unix folks may think their system is perfect and can't
fail, but it would have been just as dead as Mac OS was with my recent
disk death.

My data files I don't just trust to hard disks. Anything important is on
optical disks. Or as much as I can keep it that way.

> Is anyone on the list using Filemaker Pro to manage and link to their aud=
> files? Just so I could compare notes.

I use Filemaker Pro for my databases of all types. The database display
mimics my field cards for entry, and I also have a couple other layouts.

My new wrinkle is that I just got a Palm Tungsten C to cart data on my
forays. I got the Filemaker Mobile version and have succeeded in putting
my database in my Palm. At the moment I have it just read only as I only
put in selected fields. Still deciding just how far to go on that. Field
cards have the advantage that they don't bluescreen.

I also put into my Palm:

All my Georgia frog maps from my website. The ones that show where each
species has been found (by county)

Delorme's Topo maps. Once the memory card I got off ebay yesterday
arrives I will have enough room in the Palm for topo maps of the entire
state. Right now it's just my county, though a lot more would fit.

I have yet to put on a full set of photos, but they will fit fine. My
webpage photos are too small, so I need to edit up a larger set.

Still considering putting a set of frogcalls into the Palm too. It will
play mp3's in mono. It will also record, but that's for voice notes.

I have been into the survey long enough that it's impossible to remember
all the details for each area. The Palm is going to help a lot. Plus
when someone askes me a question about frogs out there I'll have
pictures and so on.

And all that is on top of all the regular Palm functions of keeping the
paper clutter in your pockets down.



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