ResolutePear wrote: blowhard wrote: lawnerd1 wrote:
For those of you looking for an automatic backup using Dropbox and OS X, check this out:http://www.pxc.me.uk/misc/dropbox_mac_use.html
I have my law school folder symbolically linked to my Dropbox folder and whenever I hit "save" in Word I can actually watch the Dropbox icon update and show that it is uploading to the server. It is pretty awesome to have your notes available from your phone, your laptop, or your web browser.
Windows users: I'd assume there is something similar just google using some terms from the link.
Or, use time machine like a sane person to backup your whole system. It'll back up the local copy of the Dropbox at the same time. Get a nice cheap network hard drive and it's even wireless. Dropbox does keep some recent versions as well but I have no idea for how long.
I'm all for NAS solutions, but it's more of a "sledgehammer to a scalpel" situation at that point where everything gets backed up. That hard drive is also prone to failure, as well.
He's just making a linked folder which is nifty since the rest of the Dropbox file tree is left unmolested.
I essentially get triple backups though. My laptop, dropbox, and NAS drive would all need to fail. I'm protected against accidental modifications/deletions both by dropbox's versioning and the NAS. Everything should be backed up anyhow...not just the user dir. I can completely reload in under 20 minutes. You want to rebuild everything when it shits the bed during finals week? Not to mention time machines incremental backups are sweet...
Also, my NAS is a lot less likely to get wiped than dropbox. About a year ago they accidentally nuked a few files from my mom's companies account (confirmed with tech support). A friend also had her password to another site compromised and they must have tried it elsewhere. She of course had it the same everywhere and they nuked her stuff (actually deleted sections and replaced with porn).
Bottom line, I have a ton of financial stuff encrypted on my harddrive (tax returns, statements ,etc) and none of it is being stored somewhere like dropbox.
Also, he's calling someone else out about not being tech savvy and he needs to download software to symbolic link a directory? `ln -s` is built right in.