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I've figured out that I basically have 5 types of stuff that needs backing up: gMail, the rest of my computer, my wallet, my phone and the rest of my belongings.




gMail: Google Gears offline backup, with settings that are very conservative. If anything happens to my account, I'll still have a copy of everything. There's another program called Gmail Backup, but I haven't bothered investigating much.

Other laptop data: Mostly music/files, not a ton. My old laptop got stolen, and I don't miss the data massively, but it's still unfortunate. I think I had an oldish backup to get some back. The new one backs up to an external drive, also sitting on my desk. Good protection against random hardware fail - not against theft or fire. I have a few things in Dropbox, but ran out of room fast (If you want to join, use this and we'll both get more). Should pay up somewhere or use the cross-computer option [livejournal.com profile] catbird recommended, especially now that I have a drive lying around. In theory, [livejournal.com profile] iluvsheep is building a NAS thingy to store at Jay St or Buddha Lounge, but in practice I think it's still on the floor here, and is moderately inconvenient for syncing with a Mac. Also installed Prey, which may help track it down if stolen and have a TigerTag on it, in case someone finds and wants to return it.

Wallet: I emailed myself a list of card names/types, plus "report if lost" numbers, plus the names of all the other cards. For security, this doesn't include my name or the card numbers at all. Need to do: add a contact info card for emergencies. Should add a TigerTag for good measure.

Phone: Easy - it's Android, so mostly backed up. Latitude should be on, meaning I might even be able to track it down. When I dropped it before, texting my office number to it let the guy who found it get it back to me, letting me save the SIM card. I also have a TigerTag on it.

Stuff: I have renter's insurance. It's under $15 a month and I strongly, strongly recommend it. If you own a car, you may get good combo rates on car and renters insurance. Very easy to do, very cheap, and it's definitely paid off for me. I pay a tiny bit more to cover replacement cost rather than current depreciated value. This didn't help a ton with my laptop - only got the price for the older version I had, not the shiny new equivalent, but if anything happens to my books, it will help a lot. Things to do: Email myself pictures of room/valuables. Take close-ups of each shelf, so I can rebuild my book collection. Leave myself a note to photo books a couple times a year.

Date: 2010-12-01 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notsteven.livejournal.com
What company did you get renters insurance from? I've been meaning to for a while, but I haven't done the research yet.

Date: 2010-12-01 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iluvsheep.livejournal.com
Ya, I should really move that NAS at some point. The problem is that I still don't have a good cronned backup system for windows.

Date: 2010-12-01 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katmerlin.livejournal.com
Thanks for posting this. Something I should get better at myself.

Any idea how does TigerTag makes their money?

Date: 2010-12-02 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ywalme.livejournal.com
Internets is not very forthcoming, but some poking around shows that they've been to some events that hook up startups and angel investors; also something about them partnering with some bigger companies to try to have TigerTags distributed with some big-ticket items at time of sale, but it's not clear to me whether that took off or whether that would actually result in any cash flow for them (or just visibility). I haven't found anything that makes their long-term strategy obvious...

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