The Search for the Perfect Neurotic Backups

My laptop died in January.

It was a long time coming, and I didn’t lose anything – the problem wasn’t the hard drive, and eventually I’ll probably take the time to crack that sucker open and put ‘er into an external drive case and retrieve my files.

In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about backups, offsite storage, and all the other assorted messy details of keeping files safe. Offsite backups are important in case the worst happens, after all, and also protect you from lesser evils like the day your cat manages to take out both your laptop and your external hard drive in one hunting expedition.

The problem with offsite backups for me has always been remembering to do them. I think I may have found a solution.

Amazon’s S3 offsite backup service is one of the cheapest around. To simplify its use and automate the backup of certain files, there’s JungleDisk, a $20 program that is written specifically to interface with Amazon’s storage and make it easier.

I’m still in the trial period for JungleDisk, so I’ll check back later and let you know what I decided to do with it.

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