This applies to more IT projects than I care to recall:
The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time.
— Tom Cargill, Bell Labs
Over the many years I’ve helped people with their technology, losing control of their domain name has been one of the biggest hassles for businesses. This article from Hover has pretty good advice on managing your domain name.
This article from the Guardian about Francis Ford Coppola shows why a multi-layer backup plan is critical.
In 2007, Coppola’s office was broken into and his computer stolen. He had a backup, but it was sitting next to his computer and also taken by the thieves. Coppola was robbed of 15 years of computer.
Having a local backup is a great idea. If your computer dies, recovering large amounts of data with a local drive than trying to download it from the Internet.
An online backup service is an additional layer of protection. If my home was broken into or destroyed by fire, my family pictures and other documents would still be available through my online backups.
There are several online backup services. My favorite is Backblaze, for several reasons.
- All the files in your computer are backed up by default
- USB drives plugged into your computer can also be backed up
- Their pricing is affordable and easy to understand
- The software is a native client on all platforms and does not require Java
Start a free 30-day trial by going to the Backblaze website and installing the software.
In last year’s release of OS X, El Capitan (version 10.11), Apple replaced the useful Disk Utility app with a nearly useless “improvement”.
In Terminal, users can type the following command to burn an .ISO or .DMG file:
hdiutil burn ~/Path/To/DiskImageFile.iso
Full instructions are available here.
While putting away the tree, I wondered how to store the new LED lights we bought last year. A quick search turned up this terrific method. I wrapped the cables as instructed and they are very securely stowed away.
So, Magic Moms is a thing.
My son is in the Society of Young Magicians and one of the assembly leaders passed along this article.
Even though iCloud has been improving, it never hurts to have a backup of your data. This Apple article details how to work with your data living in iCloud.
This information is definitely needier than most people will ever need, but it might be handy someday. I’ll just leave this link here.