The beauty of backups

It feels so nice when you think you lost something and then remember you have a backup of it. It also feels wonderful not having to worry for losing stuffs because you know you are backed up. It just feels great inside.

On July 2011 I started a blog, which then I stop writing by 2014 for a while, then restarted this one. I wrote a post there on how to install a Windows 7 driver on a Windows 8 Laptop so I remember it and was very useful as I had to do it several times.

I still have that Laptop around, it’s where I keep the video surveillance software for the IP security cameras project I did few months ago. Can’t connect to connect to WiFi on this Laptop, so what’s the first thing you do with an issue like that? (after restart the computer)? reinstall Windows.

Funny thing, I need to update the driver following the steps but the blog doesn’t exist anymore. But sweet!, I have backups.

I’m importing those old blogposts here in this blog, (the few ones that makes sense).

Most users now see backups as a settings convenience rather than data saving in most cases. But back then in the old days keeping data alive was a big deal, mostly because of the nature of the storage devices we used.

Today with the cloud and the backup and availability infrastructure our vendors do for us we barely think about this. Specially developers, as our de-facto source control tool is there for us, and we host side projects on GitHub, and use OneDrive, DropBox…

I have lost several floppy disks and lost information, several CDs and lost information, SEVERAL hard disks and lost information until I stablished a disciplined backup strategy and stopped information losses.

Still keep this project structure: Current, for active projects and a projects Archive that lives in OneDrive:

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Most personal projects have private BitBucket repositories but still, snapshots for closed projects are saved to OneDrive.

My local workstation have daily encrypted backups to a network storage disk. And video recordings uploads to an Azure Storage blob account.

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In this setup, the HD is connected to the NetGear R6400 router, really good by the way, it has VPN, Guest Network, Monitoring, Parental Control, and the ReadyShare option when you can plug an USB HD and it’s accessible to your LAN as SMB but also from outside over HTTPS or FTP, even SBM.