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Where do you primarily keep your files?

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mobile phone
  1% 4 votes
laptop
  5% 11 votes
desktop
  18% 38 votes
NAS (Network Attached Storage)
  17% 35 votes
in the "cloud"
  4% 10 votes
private server
  18% 38 votes
spread around different devices
  22% 45 votes
other (specify)
  10% 21 votes
202 total votes.
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  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Sunday February 24, @08:30PM (5 children)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 24, @08:30PM (#806030) Journal

    my files waddled all over the place:

    2 external hd on a media server (,got from work)
    1 external hd on laptop (got half price from work)

    Saving up for a GOOD desktop with which I can collect more files.

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    • (Score: 2) by Hyperturtle on Saturday March 02, @02:46PM (1 child)

      by Hyperturtle (2824) Subscriber Badge on Saturday March 02, @02:46PM (#809147)

      Wow, if that is the definition of all over the place, I must be a mess because I consider your description to be a utopian ideal of cleanliness and centralization.

      • (Score: 2, Funny) by Sulla on Wednesday March 20, @07:51PM

        by Sulla (5173) on Wednesday March 20, @07:51PM (#817483) Journal

        This.

        I was recently trying to find an old install of Civ IV. It could have been on one of many different devices. Two laptops, desktop, four externals, couple SD cards. Ended up being unable to find it when i was looking and later found it on the same desktop I was trying to move it to.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 07, @12:34AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 07, @12:34AM (#810943)

      Very near the same.

      3 machines (different OSs) kvm to single display keyboard
      -synced- to "cheap" NAS (router with USB big drive)
      -synced- to internal "cloud" - BIGGER USB on wife's machine
      -synced- to back blaze

      "cheap" NAS is also point of all other machines to drop backups and sync to as well.
      Internal "cloud" is also point to get my wifes machines backups as well.

      Backblaze picks up her whole machine and the internal "cloud" (local attached). Also run regular full drive backups to BIGGER USB, so multiple copies. Examples each photo taken with-in 24 hours is on at least 6 internal storage points. then each of those will have a part of the internal "cloud" so redunant, then stored in the ether. With a mjor failure / fire / etc, I have always at least 30 days toget at least one image back.

      using FreeFileSync as main local tool to sync desktops and NAS and cloud, since it supports two-way sync. Machine A changes, then sync w/ NAS. Machine B sync with NAS and object is local on B. then back.

      Really big backups or hard to do, use rsync to pull backups, vs computer pushing, via FFS are one way. Think personal tablets and such.

      Can you guess what I do for living??

      • (Score: 3, Funny) by Gaaark on Thursday March 07, @12:52AM

        by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Thursday March 07, @12:52AM (#810951) Journal

        "Can you guess what I do for living??"

        Backup files? ;)

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    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Monday March 18, @02:10AM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday March 18, @02:10AM (#816213)

      You (and I) need to join the SSD anti-revolution.

      I have about 2TB of media storage online, it's almost getting cheap enough that my next external drive will be a SSD.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Apparition on Sunday February 24, @11:17PM (3 children)

    by Apparition (6835) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 24, @11:17PM (#806074) Journal

    Nextcloud FTW. I rent a Nextcloud server, upload my files on it, and can access everything on my computers, iPads, and if I'm feeling masochistic my phone. Of course I also back everything up on three external hard drives, rotating them every couple of months.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 27, @03:57PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 27, @03:57PM (#807651)

      is this just a way of letting someone else host the gateway to your data?

      i remember that ftp servers did the same thing, except they didn't have branding. it was just ftp and user names. There are even programs that mapped drive letters over FTP, but they are harder to find now that commercial interests got into the game and don't want people using genuinely free stuff.

    • (Score: 2) by richtopia on Thursday February 28, @02:26AM (1 child)

      by richtopia (3160) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 28, @02:26AM (#807936) Homepage Journal

      I'm a bad sysadmin. I have all the infrastructure to use Nextcloud, but I still rely on my desktop.

      I even have a Nextcloud instance running in docker, but I don't know how to back it up or even migrate to a new drive.

      I suppose this post is an admission of guilt. I've spent a lot of hours trying to understand how to implement user permissions and execute commands inside a docker container, but recently I decided my time would be better spent using pre-existing cloud services. Now, the only service I cannot replicate is Nextcloud's email; I don't host email on Nextcloud but I like the unified webmail inbox.

      • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 28, @08:06PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 28, @08:06PM (#808330)

        The whole linux subuid/subgid container-mapping thing is way too annoying and hard to understand. It seems simple enough at first glance, but then you try to use it and nothing works the way the docs say they should. (and it doesn't help that all the documentation and articles assume an Ubuntu container on Ubuntu host)

  • (Score: 2) by TheFool on Monday February 25, @03:39AM

    by TheFool (7105) on Monday February 25, @03:39AM (#806185)

    I don't keep much in the way of music or video. Important documents can be printed, deleted, and stored in an appropriate way (fireproof box if it's actually important, file cabinet if mildly important, etc). So most of my "files" are just transient or part of an install of some kind and I do not think this poll is talking about parts of software packages.

    My employer keeps most of its files that I work on in the cloud, but those (contractually) aren't my files.

  • (Score: 2) by dltaylor on Monday February 25, @04:56AM

    by dltaylor (4693) on Monday February 25, @04:56AM (#806206)

    There are many more unique files on my various backup devices than in active storage on my desktop, laptop, or NAS, and the NAS include local rsync servers for a few operating systems and add-ons. Those NAS are backed up to off-line storage, because it is quicker to restore from there than from the original 'net sources.

  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 25, @10:23AM (8 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 25, @10:23AM (#806265)

    Most of my files are on external disks that are connected to the computer via USB exactly when I need them.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday February 25, @06:11PM (6 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 25, @06:11PM (#806466) Journal

      Do the external disks spin continuously? Do you wonder if there is some limited lifetime on these drives? Even if it is years.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 28, @06:02PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 28, @06:02PM (#808228)

        Do the external disks spin continuously?

        Of course not (unless you count the fact that they follow Earth's rotation). How would a disconnected disk sitting on a shelf spin? Those aren't perpetual motion machines, after all.

        Do you wonder if there is some limited lifetime on these drives?

        You know the concept of backups? You know, it's not just data on internal disks that you can backup …

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 01, @09:49AM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 01, @09:49AM (#808615)

        No. The limit on lifetime is the number of spin-ups, and you would not want the life to be too long (if you are the manufacturer).

        In my experience, H/Ds unused for 5 years have about 50% failure rate too.

        If you value the data long term, keep it on tape - 3 copies, in 3 different locations.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 04, @01:21PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 04, @01:21PM (#809761)

          3 copies, in 3 different locations.

          and in 3 different languages.

        • (Score: 3, Informative) by bob_super on Tuesday March 05, @05:17PM (1 child)

          by bob_super (1357) on Tuesday March 05, @05:17PM (#810312)

          > on tape - 3 copies, in 3 different locations.

          At least one of them outside the US, where all your tapes and backups could be seized one morning because your neighbor's uncle has a dog who humped a kid's leg. The odds of getting them back -still working- are near lottery levels, and that will cost you half your retirement.
          Land of the free !

          • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Monday March 18, @02:13AM

            by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday March 18, @02:13AM (#816215)

            We employed tape backup as a form of sneaker-net to move large (for the day) amounts of data around the country in the early 1990s. Manufacturer's claims for MTBF notwithstanding, we discovered in a very short time that triple backups were an absolute necessity if data were to be trusted to tapes. Lost data on tape was about a 1% occurrence for us, which translated to about 2 tapes a month that had to rely on their first backup, and one tape a year that had a double failure and relied on its secondary backup.

    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday March 09, @03:29AM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday March 09, @03:29AM (#811917)

      Most of my files are mirrored on two external USB disks, constantly connected to a server on the network.

      In the 15 years I've used this scheme, I've already had 2 drives and a NAS power supply die - the external USB format is the easiest to replace, and so far mirroring has been enough. Offsite mirroring would be better, but my files just aren't that valuable to me.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by looorg on Monday February 25, @02:10PM (2 children)

    by looorg (578) on Monday February 25, @02:10PM (#806301)

    Spread over many drives and computers, some on various USB-drive/sticks, some are on the work computer, most of the work related stuff gets synced with their "cloud"-solution. Personal finished non-essential projects usually get compressed/encrypted and mailed to a gmail account set up just for that, thanks for all the free storage! I figure they have pretty good backups and I don't have to pay for it.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday February 25, @06:10PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 25, @06:10PM (#806463) Journal

      Yep.

      Home computers. Work computer. Phone. Pixelbook. Google Drive. Cloud storage. Pocket hard drives.

      I figure with enough copies I'm unlikely to lose everything.

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    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Monday March 18, @02:33AM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Monday March 18, @02:33AM (#816221)

      I have a very large seashell collection, I keep them scattered on the beaches of the world.

      -- Stephen Wright

  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Monday February 25, @03:31PM (7 children)

    I keep all my media on my media server because it's entirely possible someone will want to use it while I'm booted into Windows playing a game. Everything else, the important shit, stays in an encrypted partition on my desktop. The really important shit gets backed up to an encrypted partition on another physical drive on the same desktop as well.

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    • (Score: 4, Touché) by Snow on Tuesday February 26, @08:08PM (1 child)

      by Snow (1601) on Tuesday February 26, @08:08PM (#807221) Journal

      while I'm booted into Windows playing a game.

      YOU DIRTY WHORE! I always thought you were a Linux purist and OSS freedom fighter.

    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday March 09, @03:31AM (4 children)

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday March 09, @03:31AM (#811918)

      the important shit, stays in an encrypted partition on my desktop. The really important shit gets backed up to an encrypted partition on another physical drive on the same desktop as well.

      I'm "this guy" at work, consultant regarding the possible, and best practices for security.

      I am so very happy that my personal data just isn't this important for me to even care about this level of security. I even have a webcam with the password set to default "admin" because... it just doesn't matter.

      • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday March 09, @02:48PM (3 children)

        I don't have anything especially incriminating but I do want it to be as difficult as possible for any flavor of Big Brother to come along with a fishing warrant. Privacy from those who think they're my masters matters to me, even if I don't have much of anything to hide. I'd prefer they have to worry what I'm up to instead of knowing.

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        • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday March 09, @04:09PM (2 children)

          by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday March 09, @04:09PM (#812036)

          There's the other approach, of course, to live your life like an open book, and occasionally drop "off grid" for a few hours or days by turning your cell off, or spending cash only for a while, and make it all one big innocent pattern. So, the fishing warrant can come by and find a little legal porn in the browser cache, and otherwise not turn up anything - because the real stuff was purchased cash / encrypted and steganographically encoded into the middle of the family photos, etc.

          Hypothetically speaking, of course, because I really am so much happier living with nothing worth hiding.

          • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday March 09, @04:21PM (1 child)

            I take it back, I do have a few things I don't want anyone finding out. My secret, lucky, special, magic fishing holes mostly but still.

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            • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Sunday March 10, @04:41PM

              by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday March 10, @04:41PM (#812329)

              My secret, lucky, special, magic fishing holes mostly but still.

              Well, if you can resist posting the GPS coordinates on Facebook, that's a start. Better still, post a bunch of fake "great fishing hole" coordinates on Facebook.

              Unfortunately, any yokel in any kind of vehicle including light aircraft who happens to spot you on one of those fishing holes can pretty much nab the GPS coordinates for themselves.

  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday February 25, @05:37PM (3 children)

    by Freeman (732) on Monday February 25, @05:37PM (#806427) Journal

    I have a couple of different external drives that I use to back up "important" stuff. I also make limited use of Dropbox. Though, Dropbox doesn't really have any personal information on it.

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    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by DannyB on Monday February 25, @06:23PM (2 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 25, @06:23PM (#806474) Journal

      I had a thought about your sig:

      "I said in my haste, All men are liars." Psalm 116:11

      I'm not an expert in Hebrew. I know the alphabet and a few words so far, because in 2015 I got tired of picking up a programming language every year or so for fun / challenge and thought Hebrew would be much more challenging.

      It is my understanding that word order doesn't matter. Interpretation is usually by contextual clues. If you have the words "dog chased cat", or "cat dog chased", or "cat chased dog", it is unclear who is doing the chasing. In cases of ambiguity the "et" word (if I'm remembering correctly) is used to signal which is what.

      So I wonder if a possible translation could be: all liars are men?

      But probably not. As modern translations seem to agree on this.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 27, @03:54AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 27, @03:54AM (#807458)

        The original Hebrew seems to be close to this: כָּל-הָאָדָם כֹּזֵב
        Thrown into bing translate, it comes out as "All-human falsehood". Knowing next to nothing about Hebrew, judging by the lack of inflection the כֹּזֵב is intended to be a noun?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 12, @09:30AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 12, @09:30AM (#813144)

          Thrown into bing translate

          Thrown into Bing? That way lies madness! Forsake your perversity and pertinacity, and please respect the language enough actually learn it, not just throw it into some kind of "word-processor" set to "puree".

  • (Score: 4, Funny) by DannyB on Monday February 25, @06:07PM (6 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 25, @06:07PM (#806460) Journal

    Which one shines the brightest when subjected to a sufficiently high voltage and current:
    * mobile phone
    * laptop
    * desktop
    * NAS (Network Attached Storage)
    * the "cloud"
    * private server
    * spread around different devices (wired in series)
    * Other (Specify)

    Which one shines the brightest when subjected to a sufficiently high voltage and current:
    * ARM
    * Intel x86 (with Management Engine)
    * AMD x86 (with Platform Security Processor)
    * Pre-2008 Intel or Pre-2013 AMD (or any models without known backdoors)
    * POWER or PowerPC
    * RISC-V
    * MIPS or SPARC
    * None of the above (comment your answer)

    Which glows the brightest when supplied with a sufficiently high voltage and current:
    * Light bulbs
    * Vacuum tubes
    * Crystal oscillators
    * Transistors
    * Integrated Circuits
    * EEPROMs
    * LEDs
    * Other (Specify)

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    • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Monday February 25, @11:13PM (4 children)

      by mhajicek (51) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 25, @11:13PM (#806646)

      At sufficiently high voltages and currents all of the above become an arc lamp, and there is no difference.

      • (Score: 1) by DECbot on Monday February 25, @11:40PM (3 children)

        by DECbot (832) on Monday February 25, @11:40PM (#806666) Journal

        I disagree. Some devices offer more surface area to clamp on current leads and grounds. This possibly offers more current density and thus a brighter arc.
         
        Background: MIG welding with a tandem process (two wires, two arcs, one weld puddle) requires a darker shade welding glass than a single wire process.

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        • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Tuesday February 26, @05:27AM (2 children)

          by mhajicek (51) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 26, @05:27AM (#806797)

          Unless any of these devices have some significant Tungsten content any difference would be momentary.

          • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday February 26, @03:05PM

            by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 26, @03:05PM (#806946) Journal

            Macbooks with Titanium cases?

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          • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday March 04, @05:50AM

            by c0lo (156) on Monday March 04, @05:50AM (#809707)

            Unless any of these devices have some significant Tungsten content any difference would be momentary.

            With enough current/voltage, any difference would be momentary, fullstop, no 'unless', no exception.
            That is, unless you keep your backup in blackholes (grin)

    • (Score: 2) by sgleysti on Monday March 18, @01:42PM

      by sgleysti (56) on Monday March 18, @01:42PM (#816388)

      Whichever has the most mass.

  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday February 25, @06:13PM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday February 25, @06:13PM (#806468) Journal

    Just ask everyone to tell you where the secret and important files are kept.

    Police officer: Yes, Ma'am, we do have a policy of not giving tickets to pretty girls. Now sign here please.

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    • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday March 09, @03:41AM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday March 09, @03:41AM (#811922)

      Police officer: Yes, Ma'am, we do have a policy of not giving tickets to pretty girls. Now sign here please.

      Or, when in Atlanta:

      Oh, don't worry maam, you're white? Excuse me? You're white, we only shoot black people.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by bradley13 on Tuesday February 26, @01:12PM (1 child)

    by bradley13 (3053) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 26, @01:12PM (#806892) Homepage Journal

    When Dropbox crippled their Linux support, I cancelled my (paid) account and set up an OwnCloud instance. It runs on a microserver in the closet, and files are backed up overnight to NAS. The setup and testing process took a few hours, as these things always do, but overall it was remarkably painless. Recommended!

    The biggest pain is that my ISP only supports IPv4, and charges a lot for a static IP address. So, for external access, I have to mess with dynamic DNS. That's a nuisance, and I will eventually change ISPs.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 27, @08:43PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 27, @08:43PM (#807805)

      It's 2019!

      Time for your micro-server to come out of the closet.

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by rts008 on Tuesday February 26, @10:46PM (2 children)

    by rts008 (3001) on Tuesday February 26, @10:46PM (#807307)

    I keep them in the same toolbox drawer as my rasps, of course...I'm highly organized! ;-)

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 12, @09:34AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 12, @09:34AM (#813146)

      But separate from the rifflers, of course. One must have standards.

    • (Score: 1) by redneckmother on Sunday March 17, @07:19PM

      by redneckmother (3597) on Sunday March 17, @07:19PM (#816040)

      Ya beat me to it... you're at +5, so please accept a virtual upmod.

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  • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Wednesday February 27, @12:34AM (3 children)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday February 27, @12:34AM (#807376) Homepage

    Thinking about running RAID 1. Would that be feasible in a modern desktop (performance/stability etc.) or should I get a dedicated SAN?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 27, @10:33AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 27, @10:33AM (#807528)

      ZFS is a lot easier and nicer than "real" RAID though, plus it has NFS built in and makes backups super easy. I would go dedicated, just because it will save you a lot on your energy bill (but if the PC never gets shut down just use that if you've got space in the case).

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by hendrikboom on Friday March 08, @10:56PM (1 child)

      by hendrikboom (1125) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 08, @10:56PM (#811804) Homepage

      Running software RAID 1 on an ancient intel desktop tower. It gathers too much dist on the floor.
      I set up partitions on two hard drives, combine them into a RAID 1, and put lvm on top of that.
      This setup has worked for years, and has survived several hard drive failures.

      Some space is left out of the RAID in case it's useful, for example, in case booting is best done from an off-RAID or I want a machine-readable marker do distinguish the two physical drives.

      And backups are on USB drives, kept disconnected except when actually backing up or restoring.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 27, @10:17AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 27, @10:17AM (#807526)

    I've been migrating everything over to ZFS (only thing left is my media-center NAS, when I get around to upgrading I'll probably do it), which is making it super easy to back stuff and spread it around for redundancy.

  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Thursday February 28, @01:26AM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Thursday February 28, @01:26AM (#807921) Journal

    Everything into an external HDD, with older versions on my mothballed T500. All devices LUKS-encrypted, as well. Not that I've anything to hide, it's just so simple and so useful that why *not* do it?

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  • (Score: 2) by jb on Saturday March 02, @05:11AM

    by jb (338) on Saturday March 02, @05:11AM (#809071)

    If it's not on tape, it never really existed in the first place...

  • (Score: 2) by drussell on Saturday March 02, @07:57PM

    by drussell (2678) on Saturday March 02, @07:57PM (#809218) Journal

    spread around different devices

    Does this include dozens, nay hundreds of hard disks and random memory devices strews amongst many boxes and across multiple premises, with nary an index or reference guide to have any idea where anything actually is?

    :)

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 03, @07:29AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 03, @07:29AM (#809342)

    Buried in my backyard

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 04, @05:54AM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 04, @05:54AM (#809708)

      On the bones of former enemies, buried in my backyard.
      Problem is, with the transition to HD-porn, I'm running out of enemies quite fast.

  • (Score: 2) by Absolutely.Geek on Monday March 04, @01:19AM

    by Absolutely.Geek (5328) on Monday March 04, @01:19AM (#809640)

    I keep most of my business data on two physically separate servers and a bunch of laptops; all kept in sync with Syncthing.

    I also keep my phone synced to my laptop and server so that work photos are easier to get at.

    Syncthing is like a personal cloud service; except that it has as much storage as you want with no ongoing fees.

    Important data is encrypted and synced to an external location.

    If I had a fire and lost all of the computers at my house; I could get all of my data back without too much trouble. And as long as one laptop survived / got grabbed on the way out I could keep working from the next day.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 04, @01:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 04, @01:18PM (#809759)

    I did rely on an encrypted volume on wjcoffice.com, somewhere in New York. Couple years ago, the server stopped responding, so I guess all my files are gone. Not only are my files gone, but I can't access the porn that someone named "Bill" kept on it either. I guess his files are gone too.

  • (Score: 2) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Tuesday March 05, @10:47PM

    by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Tuesday March 05, @10:47PM (#810466)

    Almost chose "different devices" as I do that, too. But my most critical data gets backed up to two devices, a nominally offline hard drive, but day-to-day usage I utilize a USB drive with whatever device I need/am on at the moment. It's portable and I always know where my data is.

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    Make America Seem Huge Under Great And Nebulous Aims. MASHUGANA.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 07, @03:45PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 07, @03:45PM (#811156)

    Do you mean from what device's storage do I access my files more often?
    Laptop and desktop. most is git repositories which are more or less mirrored (manually because I work on them from both devices).

    Do you ask where I keep my backups?
    Work does this rotating backup thing, and then there's my NAS at home, and then there's the work-provided owncloud/gitlab.

    Do you ask what device's storage has the most bytes marked with my name?
    That would be the tape backup of the big cluster, with ~30TB or more (I don't really know).

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 08, @07:41PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 08, @07:41PM (#811678)

    I'd have to kill you!

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 15, @12:52PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 15, @12:52PM (#814733)

    As I keep my files in two locations, the larger ones in the heavy toolbox in the futility room, the Needle files and chainsaw sharpening ones in a repurposed Meccano case I was once given (unfortunately sans the Meccano bits...).

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 15, @05:00PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 15, @05:00PM (#814879)

    Were up your ass you'd know where they were, wouldn't you?

    Or maybe not. There's a lot of room behind that strip mall up there.

  • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Monday March 18, @02:30AM

    by MostCynical (2589) on Monday March 18, @02:30AM (#816220)

    filing cabinets, boxes, also a NAS and some external HDDs.

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    tau = 300. Greek circles must have been weird.
  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Pslytely Psycho on Monday March 18, @08:07PM

    by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Monday March 18, @08:07PM (#816599)

    "in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.”

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    The Trump Presidency, an attempt to make Nixon look respectable......
  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by RedIsNotGreen on Monday March 18, @08:24PM

    by RedIsNotGreen (2191) on Monday March 18, @08:24PM (#816610) Journal

    I just try to not get attached.

  • (Score: 2) by Subsentient on Wednesday March 20, @10:23PM

    I keep important documents heavily encrypted and the volume unmounted on my personal server.
    I keep unimportant and non-sensitive stuff on all my machines -- I mirror it with rsync. If one dies, I don't lose any data.

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    "Sometimes the only thing more dangerous than a question is an answer." -Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #208
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