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For a few years now I’ve been contemplating doing a degree through the Open University. At first I couldn’t decide what subject to study; several subjects interested me, and I was often thinking about studying either French or photography. The more I thought about it this year, less sense it made to choose anything other than computing, having worked in IT for 15 years.

Having finally made a decision that I would do a BSc (Hons) in Computing and IT, I’ve now Continue reading

Finally got what?! Well it arrived today. I find it quite exciting, but that’s probably the geeky side of me. I should probably have done it a long time ago. I got myself an external USB hard drive and configured Time Machine on my Mac. I can now sleep at night knowing that I have an automated backup system in place.

For anyone that has any kind of computer or amount of digital files, get yourself a backup. An external hard drive is under £50. You can even get several gigabytes of free online ‘cloud’ storage from sites like dropbox.com or copy.com, the latter giving you 15GB free, or 20GB if you use my referrer link, and you get an extra 5GB for each person you refer. With cloud storage, you can either configure a backup application to backup to the designated sync folder, or simply copy and paste files into the folder. Those files are accessible by your account wherever you sign in. If you haven’t got a lot to back up, then backing up doesn’t need to cost you a penny.

With cloud storage providers, the only thing to worry about is making sure your password is safe, and if the company goes down the pan, your backup can be lost, so make sure you keep an eye on what the provider is up to as well.