A week ago we had an electrical event take out some hardware in our home. I suspect lightning. The list of damage was slight as I have almost everything on a ups. But if a close hit even that won’t save everything from lightning. For this discussion I lost a hard drive that was attached to a pogo plug. Thankfully that was a extra backup and scratch drive location. I have time machine backup of my imac to an external USB drive. I also have chronosync running across my network to a 1TB drive. A large amount of my data is on a raid mirror FireWire drive unit. Let’s talk about data for a minute. My iMac internal drive is 230GB. My documents, photos and code projects live here. My iTunes library is 310GB which sits on the raid drive. My audio projects folder for all my editing also resides on the raid and is 300GB. Both the iTunes and audio projects get backed up to the 1TB network drive via chronosync. Anyone see a flaw? Yup risk of electrical damage. Had the event taken out more than the one scratch drive I could have lost the bulk of my data. Everything is plugged in and on. That makes it vulnerable. Now I use chronosync to backup my documents folder to my iDisk. My email is all backed up because I use imap with MobileMe and gmail. So those have some offsite protection. The morale is make an offline copy of all your data at regular intervals. Monthly is good. That covers the bulk of your data. Use cloud based storage like MobileMe, dropbox, back blaze etc for your more critical recently changed files. The important thing to check is how amount of your data. Compare it to your backup drives. My iTunes alone is now 310GB. Just enough to fit on a 320GB sata drive I have on the shelf. I recommend as a rule of thumb. Two online backups and one offline at all times. Drive clones, time machine or whatever combination of backup methods suit you.
My dad bought this radio when I was a small kid. I remember it being the center piece of his big radio rig setup. It is still in pristine shape and works like a champ. It still has the original box and manuals. I think I might make a project to scan in the manuals. Maybe even try and get them into ePub for my iPad. Then I will likely post them to this blog for anyone else interested in them. Also below is a sample audio clip from the radio piped into my sound board.
I wanted to figure out a nice clean non invasive way to mount my iphone for use in my new Altima. The solution I came up with uses a combination of the Ped3 Form holder on a Naja King Coil stand both from Thoughtout.biz. You can watch how I put it all together on the video I made. I do also use the Belkin retractable stereo cable for feeding the audio into the aux of the Altima stereo system. It keeps the whole rig easy to remove and get out of the way.
Belkin Retractable Stereo Cable
* Update Aug 6, 2011 *
I also have this device in my older Altima. Because the built in handsfree bluetooth does not support A2DP for audio playback the TuneLink Auto works AWESOME! It lets my iPhone4 stream podcasts, audiobooks, pandora etc to my car audio but still uses the built in handsfree of the Altima for phone calls. It seamlessly transitions between the two.
Sweet mug we got in the conference pack from Louisville Issa.
Another great talk. This one is Scott Moulton on hard drive data recovery forensics.
I love using my google voice number as a public filter. I have it all tuned up and ready for my trip to Vegas next week for the Blogworld and New Media Expo. It saves having folks know your real home or cell number while still letting you route calls through based on whom is calling.
Try adding the Nickname field to contacts in your iPhone address book. Then you can voice dial just by matching the nickname rather than the full name or hard to speak name of the contact.