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Old 10-22-2010, 05:59 PM
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Run, don't walk, to Windows 7 or XP and get off of Vista. I absolutely hate that version of the OS. I have it at home and I can't wait to upgrade to 7. Wish I could stay at XP but that's just not possible.

Of course I'd rather be running Linux, but that's another story.
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:25 PM
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Run, don't walk, to Windows 7 or XP and get off of Vista. I absolutely hate that version of the OS. I have it at home and I can't wait to upgrade to 7. Wish I could stay at XP but that's just not possible.

Of course I'd rather be running Linux, but that's another story.


This machine will be running Linux as soon as I move these files. My primary workstation is a slightly newer machine which I loaded with 7 earlier this year. Totally agree about getting off of Vista. Win7 is a much better platform.

My plans are to load up Rocks 5.3 on this machine, and use a couple of lesser-grade Athlon machines as slave nodes. QnD cluster.
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:53 PM
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Big test - I just connected remotely from Win7, and ran an application. It's working properly again...

For how long? "...Only the Shadow knows..."
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:33 PM
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If you do not subscribe to an online backup service, at least consider a USB external drive. You can get a Western Digital 1TB drive at Sams for under $100. I have an older Seagate 160GB I bought for about $60. No power cord either, it is powered off USB. Get a couple, and keep alternating them, and keep one offsite away from home.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:06 PM
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If you do not subscribe to an online backup service, at least consider a USB external drive. You can get a Western Digital 1TB drive at Sams for under $100. I have an older Seagate 160GB I bought for about $60. No power cord either, it is powered off USB. Get a couple, and keep alternating hem, and keep one offsite away from home.


Already thinking in a similar direction...

Synology 2-Bay NAS
Western Digital 2 TB Drives (2 of them)

I've got about seven USB cases with drives in them. They're good, useful, and relatively cheap; but I'm really looking for NAS this time. The above system allows for RAID (mirroring).
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:45 PM
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Glad to hear the design repository is safe for the moment.

What Feyd said is spot on. Even Windows nay sayers agree that Win7 is the best version yet.

Now get thee a back up solution be it online or an external drive!
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Even Windows nay sayers agree that Win7 is the best version yet.


I don't know if I'd go that far yet....but then the only Win7 installation in our house that I have ready access to is an Acer netbook with Win7 Starter on it. All the rest of the Windoze boxes are XP Home (or XP Pro in the case of my Boeing-furnished machine). The Macs are on 10.6, 10.5 and 10.3 depending on vintage.

My son has some other Win7 version on the Windoze side of his MacBook Pro, but I don't know what version is is. He was happy to get rid of the Vista he had on there before.

Glad to hear you can get to your data!

I am hit and miss about backups myself except for this Powerbook which has a 1TB Firewire drive attached and is running Time Machine, so an incremental backup is made every hour....(which is a bit too frequent, but much better than not at all).
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RAID mirroring and backup are both good; don't ever rely on RAID alone, as it only protects against hardware failure. Malicious software or user FUBAR could still wipe out valuable things.

If you go with Linux on your main workstation, there are lots of good free software options to back up your data. I prefer external hard drives myself, and use good ol' tar to do them. The rule I give my customers is, you need at least three "sets" of backup media (where a "set" is enough media to back up your valuables once). Use them in rotation, never using one twice in a row.

The rationale is like this: You have one backup set, and it's in the computer (connected, whatever). Lightning strikes. Now you have nothing.

So now you have two backup sets. One is in the computer, and lightning strikes. Well, you still have the other backup (from yesterday, last week, whatever) so it's not a total loss. But say, before lightning strikes, that one of the sets dies; suddenly you are vulnerable to the lightning.

Three sets is therefore the minimum number I recommend. More is always better, of course.
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:56 AM
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What Feyd said is spot on. Even Windows nay sayers agree that Win7 is the best version yet.

I'm a Windows nay-sayer, and I say that XP was the best. Vista was a joke, and Windows 7 is better than Vista, but XP runs everything my customers need just fine.

A properly supported 64 bit XP would have been a good thing. Changing the standard user setup so that the normal user is a "Power User" with the option to temporarily elevate permissions would have been better than faking it as Vista and 7 do.
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