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[Jul. 15th, 2006|11:14 am]
Home computer updates...

I now have a 160gb NAS (Network Attached Storage - basically, a very small, very special purpose file server) which has a full backup of both my desktop and laptop. I love it; does file transfers at about 2.5meg per second (probably a bit faster) even while I'm doing internet stuff. I don't know if I'd want to store programs or CD-ROM images to use with CD-emulators, but it certain makes damn good remote storage for data (and music) for ordinary use. It's a good thing I bought it when I did, and immediately ran backups, too... once I had the backups, my computer bluescreened several times in a row.

I'm not 100% sure, but I've gotten disk errors and kernel page errors so I think either my disk or my memory is going bad. Since I can get a newer computer, faster and better than my old one, for about $300, I think it might be time to upgrade. I'll know more when I have more time to work on things at home, rather than when I'm running down to Oregon to see a show (and meet with my beloved kightp). The good news is, I have both a file backup (copy and paste all files from my computer to the NAS) and a not-quite-complete Windows backup (I didn't have a floppy disk to create a recovery disk; I'll have to see if that works. I've always wondered about how Microsoft's backup software worked.)

So, all in all, bad news on the home computer front, but I have have NAS (which I've long wanted) and a good bit of comfort that my data is safe.

(Now, if only I could have gotten a NAS device with RAID1 mirroring... but that's for when I'm rich.)