This started normally, with a question from
a reader:Fred: I am a long time subscriber, first to the free edition and
then to the Plus! Edition when it started up….
(continued from previous item)
Steve Gibson figures in this item, too; he alluded to it
in his reply, above.
Hi Fred, I needed a reminder of when I did my last backup (I do a clone every week or so) –
Created a shortcut (no target needed) named it "Last cloned 12/10/2005". Every
time I do a clone I just rename the icon to the current date. Very convenient,
no additional software like ‘sticky notes’ or ‘reminders’ is needed.
Fred: Your article CD/DVD/Flash Shelf Life (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-01-16.htm#9 ) mentioned
someone who said that magnetic tape has a shelf life of 30-100 years.
Technically, I think that’s correct but you should caution your readers that
you can only achieve that life by correctly caring for the tape. As I
understand it, if you save your data on a tape & then just stick it on a
shelf-like the ‘expert’ assumed that people do with CD’s-then you get a tape
life of 5-10 years. After that magnetic drift starts degrading the tape.
I installed the JV16 Power Tools several months ago. I made the decision to do
so based on your recommendations and I am well pleased with the program. Prior to
using the Registry Cleaner my Word program (on Windows XP) would crash on a
frequently irregular basis, often as many as five times during a session.
Despite numerous Dr. Watson notifications to Microsoft for eighteen months,
their Sherlock never responded. The bug was fixed the first time I used JV16
Registry Cleaner and has not returned. Thanks for the great letter ~ Tom
Hi, I was reading the comment about the free
VPN software (see #13 in
http://www.langalist.com/Plus/newsletters/2006/2006-01-16plus.asp ), and
thought I’d share a great program that I found not too long ago called
https://www.foldershare.com/ ) It allows you to access all the files on
your PC from any web browser just by logging on to the website, which is
excellent when you’re traveling, or out "in the field" and find that you
forgot something. It also does file synching over the internet for folders
that you specify. You can synch files between your own computers, or you can
invite other people to share folders on your computer. You select the
folders you want to share, set permissions (read, read/write,
read/write/delete, read/write/delete/invite others) for each person that you
invite, and then choose between automatic or on-demand sync. I’ve been using
this with friends with great success, it’s also a lot easier to send files
to friends that way, especially big files. It was a pricey piece of software
at one point, but Microsoft recently bought it out and is now offering it
for free. This is especially good when you’re doing collaborative work with
people overseas because it ties right in with explorer. Awesome program,
check it out! Thanks!-Adrian
My kvetching about the balkanization of Linux into myriad
little distributions (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-01-12.htm#9 ) brought this reply:
hey fred, hope all is great.
In a recent article at "PCWorld.com", Kurt Gerecke, a
physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland, stated that the best storage
media for long-term was magnetic tape, with a life span of 30 to 100 years. He
also mentioned that CD and DVD storage was usually good for only a couple of
years, 5 at the best. Hard drives, he stated, have limitations based on the
quality of their disk bearing.