Friday, March 22, 2013

CrashPlan – Difference between ‘Friends’ and ‘Computers’

In case you have always wanted to use the ‘Friends’ feature on Crashplan but ended up finding your friends computers in the ‘Computers' tab as shown here, here is just ca catch that even CrashPlan do not explain in their sites. I guess they find it pretty obvious and hence didn’t find it worthy to mention. But for newbies, it might seems tricky.
If you sign in using your own CrashPlan account in your other computers, it will show in the tab ‘Computers’ as CrashPlan will identify them as your own laptops and PCs. To view your other computers in the ‘Friends’ tab where you can set the ‘Storage Quota’ and other features, you will need to sign in to those other computers using separate CrashPlan accounts. For any further doubts, feel free to contact me. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

CrashPlan Backup Sets is an interesting feature

CrashPlan provides you with a flexibility in terms of backing up your selections. Most service providers only allow you to select what you want to backup at one go, then it backs up all together. But Crashplan offers a standard amount of priority which you can set amongst all your backup folders. This is a feature which is not present in any other backup application software.
For example you have two folders folder A and folder B to backup. And you want B to be backed up only when A is backed up every time because A contains the most important documents and needs to be backed up always. So you can just create a separate backup set for folder A and assign it a higher priority than B. That's it. As you can see below, I have scheduled the desktops of my PC to be backed up always. Then files from my Dropbox will be backed up to provide an additional security as all my vital docs are in Dropbox and Skydrive. Then my photos and videos from my external hard disk will be backed up.
imageIf that is not enough, you have the additional flexibility to set the configuration for each of your backup sets. For example, you want your desktops to be backed up only during the day time and the photos and videos during night time, you can easily set the settings to do just that. For that particular set, you can also set how many number of versions of your files you want to have. Of course, for your important files, you will always want to have more number of versions, than, say, your photos and videos which might change seldom. You can also set the number of places where you want to backup. For example below you can see I backup to CrashPlan’s cloud and another laptop, for the others you can also add just to another PC or laptop. As I have already imagementioned in my previous posts, with CrashPlan, you can continue to use it even without using CrashPlan’s cloud, you can backup to your friend’s using it.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Why Crashplan might survive the initial storm

Crashplan has all the reasons to die and move out of the cloud industry. But it has some unique features which might just help it to survive for longer than expected. The following are the features that will help Crashplan survive:

1. Excellent Technical Team – The brains behind this tool are great. They have very well thought out what might happen in literally every possible scenario. A glimpse at their FAQ section will confirm this.

2. Backup to friend feature – Crashplan offers a feature which no other provider does. You can backup to your friends computers using Crashplan instead of the Crashplan servers. Of course, the data will be encrypted and your friends cannot see your data. This feature will see lots of computers having Crashplan installed but without paying fees, because they are just backing up to their friends for free!

Friday, March 08, 2013

Cloud backup vs External hard drives backup - Both are crap!

There is the never ending debate which type of backup you should use. The issue is, whichever way you do, you end up losing your data if it’s stolen or compromised in the online servers. The only option that I personally suggest is use an encryption software, that you will use it to store in your external hard drives and store it in your grandmother’s or close relative’s place. So even if somebody over there lays hands on your data they cannot access it without your passwords stored in your brain.

While choosing cloud backup also, ensure the quality of encryption facility they provide, so that even if the company has a security breach, your data is safe. When you have both these features, you can peacefully say, your data is backed up.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Why Crashplan can save your life

Crashplan is the new fantastic backup service that has caught up with Dropbox. Being an avid Dropbox user with 17 GB of sync space myself, I really didn’t  use to spend much time thinking about backup. The fascination of sync,despite it’s small storage capacity, captivated me over the last year. I use Skydrive for my highly important documents, and Dropbox for the ones I daily work with it. Both Skydrive and Dropbox has their limits. Skydrive provides 7 GB storage and Dropbox 17 GB, thus none of them provides the option of unlimited storage.

This is when Crashplan came in, straight out infront of us to the delight of users who has over 1 TB of photo and video collection, and were just wondering what it would be like if our hard drive just crashed. Of course it’s the most terrible feeling in the world, when you try to access our life’s memories and you are just stunned by a technical failure. Poof! All gone. Hours of work to collect and sort out the photos and videos, all gone. Crashplan provides the perfect solution with Unlimited storage for only 4$ a month.

If the memories do not form that big a part of your life, then the important documents you work with, even if they are large edited video files, will be backed up for your safety. Crashplan will provide the feature to backup your files every minute. Once your entire file has been uploaded, from the next time onwards, it will be take only a fraction of the previous time to backup, as only the changed portion will be uploaded. Thus even if you lose your valuable work, you can take a sound sleep at night while you let your file ‘Restore’. The next day morning, well, you get your stuff back. Isn’t that wonderful?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Facebook’s new graph search seems interesting

Facebook will be leaping a lot forward with their new graph search being introduced. It will allow the user to search the social life of his or her’s entirely. In fact, it is a search over your life.

But it will be interesting to see how much of an x factor it has over it’s normal search technology. Because the current hype has surely raised the expectations bar too high to meet.