Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

The CD That Won’t Die

Back To The Stone Age?

There is a new optical disc technology said to be (coming) available this month that actually uses a “rock-like” material. Why? So that the things you burn to disc will be “carved in stone” — these new DVD’s are said to last 1,000 years!

More and more folks are turning to cloud services like Dropbox to store their oh-so-precious private data, but when it comes to truly valuable info, it’s still a good idea to keep a physical backup disc around in case those virtual services crap out on you. Then again, CDs and DVDs scratch waaaaay too easily and have limited shelf lives. If you’ve ever been screwed by a big gouge across an important backup disc, you might want to check out the new optical media that’s hitting the market soon. Supposedly, it lasts forever, and the Department of Defense vouches for its resiliency.Read more..  

One might indeed call that “permanent data retention”. Here’s a brief video..

From their website: “The M-DISC is the first ever permanent file backup disc that lasts forever. Unlike computer hard-drives and optical discs (CD and DVD) that suffer from decay, destroying the files you were trying to preserve and protect, the M-DISC cannot be overwritten, erased, or corrupted by natural processes. Best of all, you can access your data anywhere and anytime. It is the new standard in digital storage.

If you have files, photos, or important documents that you can’t afford to lose (and who doesn’t?) then you need backup copies. Period. This new disc technology will sure help us do that right. The M-Disc website is here. Check it out.

Note: You have to make copies [and I suggest store one set elsewhere]. They don’t happen by magic. Fortunately, I have something that can help make that job easier…

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The folks at Novosoft have generously donated 7 licenses for Handy Backup Standard to me, to award to my readers.

“Handy Backup is an easy-to-use backup software designed to perform automated backup of your computer. User-friendly interface and a rich set of backup features make it one of the best PC backup software for home and small office use.

To enter the drawing, please see: Software Giveaway: Handy Backup

Enter my current giveaway and (possibly) win!

Apple In The News: I’m sorry, but it seems I must join my fellow tech writers and join in the iPhone 5 frenzy of stories..

If Apple can’t keep its own site up, can we really count on iCloud?

Since Apple claims iCloud will be the central hub for the digital lives of a hundred million or so iOS users, they need to be able to prove iCloud will be able to hold up under the demand.Read more..

Um.. good luck with that.

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  1. The next time I learn a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I do know it was my choice to read, however I truly thought youd have one thing fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix for those who werent too busy searching for attention.


    Comment by breakup lines | October 16, 2011 | Reply

    • Folks,
      This is an example I “approved” (so you could see ‘behind the curtain’) of what is called “comment spam”.
      Someone wrote this, and programmed a ‘bot’ to leave it on any blog/website that accepts comments from readers (like this one). The bot probably sends out a thousand an hour.

      Why? Because it contained a URL, which if allowed to stand, Google would ‘count’ as a ‘linkback’ to the scamsite — the more linkbacks a site has, the higher Google ranks it. (All that’s automated.)

      Pretty insane, wouldn’t you say?
      (These particular folks are out of Malaysia..)


      Comment by techpaul | October 16, 2011 | Reply

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