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GregBO
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19/10/2018 5:24 pm  

routinely backup your computer/device.

Computer systems and mobile devices allow people to daily do many wonderful things in life. At some point in time however, each respective user will find themselves actually performing a "productive task" on their device that will create "original, unique data".  Data is "the most important aspect of your device", I'll say it again for those who might have blinked, "Data is King!"

Everyone has heard of the myriad reasons for data backup procedures and some have actually had to perform data recovery procedures in their digital lives.

Computers and devices fail, in fact there is planned obsolescence in both the hardware and software designs.  Data can be corrupted by malware, system failure, power failure, software failure, phases of the moon, etc.  Computers and devices are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed every day.  You can always replace the tool, but you can never replace what you built with that tool. Original data, once lost, is lost forever.

Yes, there are data recovery companies around the world.  The last time I had a need to recover data from a personal hard drive the upfront cost was $1,800.00 with no guarantees. This was not a replacement fee for any part of the computer or system, but a fee paid for an employee of a company to attempt to recover my data.

So, before you have to Dope Slap yourself, use your computer or device to find a video/documentation on how to download your data. If you have a smart device and do not want to take this route, then you can pay for automatic cloud backup and storage.

The long and short, do the research and figure out:

1) what "user input" data needs to be saved

2) what are the options for saving this data

3) the optimal manner to accomplish this task

4) how to "restore/recover" the data for WHEN you will lose this data.

If you are still reading this post and are do not currently routinely back up your computer/device data, then press the play button for the below video:

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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MG-ɹǝʍo┴
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19/10/2018 5:45 pm  

Norton password vault and external hard drives are the source for my backups, I have no need of Microsoft's toxic cloud and I refuse to join their herd! 


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19/10/2018 6:16 pm  

don't protect your computer system from electrical catastrophes.

Most people now depend upon their computer(s), device(s) and assorted electronics for work and pleasure.  The two constants are the desire/need to use the particular technology and the dependence of that technology upon power. 

Electrical current is provided by a local utility, or via a battery, and electrical current is essential to running these devices.  Electrical systems are all subject to current sags, surges and lightning strikes.  Intermittent power failures, wide variations in current level can also lead to equipment damage and possibly even fire hazards.

So what simple steps can the end user perform safely to determine which precautions need to be made to help protect against data loss and equipment damage?

1) Use a UPS / surge protector.  Do not use "unprotected power supplies", they do nothing to protect connected equipment.  Connecting all sensitive equipment to a UPS/surge protector can help eliminate electrical current fluctuations.  Many company's have product selection guides/wizards to assist with determining which product to buy.   The American Power Conversion Corporation  https://www.apc.com/us/en/country-selector/?ref_url=/tools/ups_selector/index.cfm?lid=Go%20to%20the%20UPS%20Selector   and Tripp-Lite corporation are great places to start.

2) Properly calculate UPS/Surge protector capacity. A big box store or personal Internet research can assist you with determining this value.  Basically you want to ensure protection for any connected devices and potentially provide short term power as well.  Short term power supply is intended to allow one to power down and unplug the system from the electrical grid to prevent damage, further damage. 

3) Protect your communications links.  Connect cable modem, DSL and telephone line outputs into UPS/surge protector units.  Electrical spikes can travel via telecommunications links and damage any equipment that the cables are connected to.  Better to have your UPS/surge protector be damaged instead of your computer, computer modem, or other key technology equipment.

4) Protect units by providing proper operating temperatures. High temperatures can cause equipment and component damage. Ensure that equipment is properly vented, cooled and vent outlets are free of debris, boxes, etc.  You and your electrical equipment have to breathe, failure to do so will result in bad news if either of your stop.

What can a certified electrician confirm for you? 1) The electrical levels within the areas where your equipment is located.  Most US computer equipment is designed to use 120 volts of AC power supplied at 60 Hertz.   2) Power supply circuits and electrical plugs are properly grounded.  3) That circuits are not overloaded by the equipment/devices plugged into the UPS/power supply or circuit.

Once your UPS/surge protector has sustained an electrical surge, replace it immediately and then have it checked to see what internal damage might have occurred.  Most UPS units have a 3-5 year equipment warranty that allows for shipping the unit back for inspection and or repair.  Continuing to use a potentially damages unit only increased the risk for connected equipment to become damaged in the future. Don't continue using a potentially damaged unit, it's like running a V-8 engine on only 6 pistons available. 

Spend the extra money for UPS/surge protection units that provide a specific dollar amount for replacing damaged equipment and above all else, keep all receipts, original packaging, information for the units and attached items.

 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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19/10/2018 6:17 pm  

In every group project I was in someone's computer would take a dump on the day before the project was due. Computer would fail, printer would fail, had a classmate research the wrong topic for 2 weeks before we checked her work. In one project, computer and project notes lost when an idiot drove his car down a boat ramp one night. Flash drives are lost stolen left behind. One idiot left a flash drive in a computer lab. The group bought her a .new one and we zip tied it to a Buick hubcap. Computers were thrown by enraged girlfriends, left on trains, peed on by cats and stolen and pawned by idiot roommates. Stuff happens. 

Working with computers? Have redundancy. Create restore points before updates. Do not put the back up in the computer bag with your computer.

Trust no one with the backup. Label it as backup so it is not overwritten.


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GregBO
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19/10/2018 6:24 pm  
Posted by: MG-ɹǝʍo┴

Norton password vault and external hard drives are the source for my backups, I have no need of Microsoft's toxic cloud and I refuse to join their herd! 

Check Tower. I also use Apple cloud storage for my smartphone and assorted google applications. Having a redundant backup plans working is always a great idea. 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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GregBO
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19/10/2018 6:28 pm  
Posted by: may72020

The group bought her a .new one and we zip tied it to a Buick hubcap. C

Working with computers? Have redundancy. Create restore points before updates. Do not put the back up in the computer bag with your computer.

Trust no one with the backup. Label it as backup so it is not overwritten.

I would have loved to have seen this hubcap flashdrive!  Please post pics if you have them.

 

Great followup points. If you don't know how to restore the data, what good is it.  If you can't find/access the device holding the data, what good is it.

 

Like anything in life, this is about creating and performing habits so that they become reflexive and second nature.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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19/10/2018 8:13 pm  

know what a DLL file is, know why it is Missing, nor know how to fix it.

A .DLL file is a "Dynamic(cally) Link(d) Library" file and exist as a folder so that programs can access codes, procedures, instructions and information is provided to Windows OS (XP up to Windows 10) to allow specific programs and applications to work.  Placing the "common" files into a folder allows several programs to open them at one and improve the overall system memory processing.

These files are necessary for the OS to enable the program to run, so when they are missing or corrupt, you receive a .DLL error message. Because there are is so much .DLL information for the OS to keep up with, this is actually a very common computer problem.

So how does one fix .DLL problems?  1) If you are uncomfortable or uncertain how to do this, ask a friend or other knowledgeable person to fix it for you, or  2) Schedule a tech support visit, or 3) Hire a repair service, or  4) DIY (Do It Yourself).

So, you've decided that you have the MOJO to DIY.  

First and most important step:  Do NOT download DLL files from download sites. Read this again and if you have already done this, give yourself a "Dope Slap" and call tech support. 

Next steps involve restarting your computer. If the DLL issue is a temporary one, restarting will clear this and get you back in business "quick, fast and in a hurry." . If not, you'll need to force restart your computer, scary but possibly your only choice.  The DLL files may be located in the system "Recylce Bin." You  will then need to recover the deleted file and replace it back withing the folder.  

If you have successfully found and recovered the missing DLL file, run a virus/malware scan of your computer, the entire system. Sometimes errors are related to viruses attempting to take over a system, or being disguised as a DLL file.

If nothing else, you can use the OS System Restore function to undo any recent system changes that might have caused the DLL error. 

Reinstalling a/the program that uses the missing DLL file is also an option.  If you determine that the fault is with hardware, updating the drivers associated with that equipment might help.

 

 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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The Evil Genius
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19/10/2018 9:06 pm  

OR if one is a luddite like me you have best friend who IS computer literate! 


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20/10/2018 3:21 am  
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OR if one is a luddite like me you have best friend who IS computer literate! 

Check, you have four or fve TIM brothers who have you back when it comes to computers.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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20/10/2018 3:26 am  

I even save my MGTOW stuff on 2 independent hard disks.

Like Big John and MGTOW 101 is on Drive MG_01_A and MG_01_B

Hard drives can fail from one second to the next.

Always have an image of your running system at hand. Either a working bootable copy of your system's hard disk or an image archive done by a software like Acronis.

"Acronis True Image" also makes bootable clones. This software has saved my ass so often since 2008... With this, changing hard disks is also a snap.

A software called "clonezilla" does mirroring disks for free. But it is much more complicated to use.

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21/10/2018 2:55 am  
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I even save my MGTOW stuff on 2 independent hard disks.

Like Big John and MGTOW 101 is on Drive MG_01_A and MG_01_B

Hard drives can fail from one second to the next.

Always have an image of your running system at hand. Either a working bootable copy of your system's hard disk or an image archive done by a software like Acronis.

"Acronis True Image" also makes bootable clones. This software has saved my ass so often since 2008... With this, changing hard disks is also a snap.

A software called "clonezilla" does mirroring disks for free. But it is much more complicated to use.

Check, If equipment did not break, the manufacturer would be out of business very, very soon.  

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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21/10/2018 10:07 am  

Good reviews of the different software you can use to backup your files / system to either external drives of encrypted to online storage here:

https://uk.pcmag.com/backup-products-1/8648/guide/the-best-online-backup-services-of-2018

Some of the software will also backup your phone via an app as well.


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GregBO
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23/10/2018 11:51 pm  
Posted by: Machiavelli

Good reviews of the different software you can use to backup your files / system to either external drives of encrypted to online storage here:

https://uk.pcmag.com/backup-products-1/8648/guide/the-best-online-backup-services-of-2018

Some of the software will also backup your phone via an app as well.

Great post Machiavelli, it's always great to see what another discrete user group might be doing or using.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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24/10/2018 12:05 am  

USE VIRUS PROTECTION:

Backups and power supplies have been discussed, so now it's time to discuss virus protection.

The most important factor to remember that if you are going to be productive with you computer, you will expose yourself to viruses and other malware. 

The first thing all users must do is become familiar with the differences between virus attacks and malware takeovers, and then how best to defend against them.  

The above video is 3:05 but will provide basic, or refresher information about protecting your computer.  What you do and when you do it determine how much of a threat you are to your computer system, as well as anyone that you are in contact with.  Yep, you are your own worse enemy when it comes to computer viruses and malware.

There are any number of antivirus for you computer and Android phone.  Free software packages include Avast, Avira, Bitdefender and many more.  Consider have two antivirus programs, by difference manufacturers, running to double your odds of catching something.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp

The best defense of course is to use common sense. Don't activate suspicious links, don't install programs from untrusted locations, and learn what popup mean when they relate to infections and or fake website.  Knowing how to use restore points will help you short term, but understanding the threat, installing the software to defend against it, changing your bad computer habits that put you at risk and becoming knowledgeable will help you over the long haul.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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31/10/2018 5:53 am  

Excellent advice. This is something that cannot be said enough. 

Jesus and Satan were having an ongoing argument about who was better on his computer. They had been going at it for days, and God was tired of hearing all of the bickering.

Finally God said, "Cool it. I am going to set up a test that will run two hours and I will judge who does the better job."

So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away. They moused. They did spreadsheets. They wrote reports. They sent faxes. They sent e-mail. They sent out e-mail with attachments. They downloaded. They did some genealogy reports. They made cards. They did every known job. But ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, the rain poured and, of course, the electricity went off.

Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld. Jesus just sighed. The electricity finally flickered back on and each of them restarted their computers.

Satan started searching frantically, screaming "It's gone! It's all gone! I lost everything when the power went out!"

Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours. Satan observed this and became irate.

"Wait! He cheated, how did he do it?"

God shrugged and said, "Jesus saves."

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
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31/10/2018 7:36 am  

I used to work in IT, specifically backup and disaster recovery.

Backup is essential, but only a beginning. Here is a basic strategy:

Onsite

  • Set your backups to be made regularly - how often depends on how much data you generate and how much data you think you can afford to lose.
  • Rotate out backup disks (two minimum) on a regular basis, this is a strategy to avoid crypto-locker viruses (also perform offsite replication)
  • Make 1000% sure you can encrypt and password protect your backups, do not use a bullshit password, 18 characters minimum.
  • Do not buy shit/cheap HDDs. Research what is the best and use them. Replace every two years as insurance against it dying (you can sell it on on eBay after zero-ing it out, or use it for additional data store)

Offsite

  • Never, ever EVER use a cloud solution from Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google or any mainstream provider of "storage space". They have clauses in their EULA that say if they lose your data, it's not their fault (and everything you put up there is being read by their AI).
  • Make sure your backup program offers offsite replication of the backups.
  • Buy yourself a URL and a web hosting (preferably in a neutral country) and use FTP to upload your backups offsite to the server. This hosting need not be expensive.
  • This requires some work on your side to consolidate incremental backups and upload them offsite, but it is worth it.
  • Generate an MD5 has file so you know nothing changed / was corrupted.

 

And, most important of all, TEST YOUR BACKUPS REGULARLY! Both the onsite and offsite. If you don't test, there is zero guarantee that it will work when you need it. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!!

If your backup solution is able, try to boot the disk image as a virtual machine using Virtualbox, VMware Player or similar.

 

 

 


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31/10/2018 7:10 pm  
Posted by: Uly The Cunning

 

Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld. Jesus just sighed. The electricity finally flickered back on and each of them restarted their computers.

 

God shrugged and said, "Jesus saves."

Great post Uly.  I admit that I also save, but I never, ever pass up the opportunity to cuss a blue streak!

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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GregBO
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31/10/2018 7:11 pm  
Posted by: Hector

I used to work in IT, specifically backup and disaster recovery.

Backup is essential, but only a beginning. Here is a basic strategy:

Onsite

  • Set your backups to be made regularly - how often depends on how much data you generate and how much data you think you can afford to lose.
  • Rotate out backup disks (two minimum) on a regular basis, this is a strategy to avoid crypto-locker viruses (also perform offsite replication)
  • Make 1000% sure you can encrypt and password protect your backups, do not use a bullshit password, 18 characters minimum.
  • Do not buy shit/cheap HDDs. Research what is the best and use them. Replace every two years as insurance against it dying (you can sell it on on eBay after zero-ing it out, or use it for additional data store)

Offsite

  • Never, ever EVER use a cloud solution from Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google or any mainstream provider of "storage space". They have clauses in their EULA that say if they lose your data, it's not their fault (and everything you put up there is being read by their AI).
  • Make sure your backup program offers offsite replication of the backups.
  • Buy yourself a URL and a web hosting (preferably in a neutral country) and use FTP to upload your backups offsite to the server. This hosting need not be expensive.
  • This requires some work on your side to consolidate incremental backups and upload them offsite, but it is worth it.
  • Generate an MD5 has file so you know nothing changed / was corrupted.

 

And, most important of all, TEST YOUR BACKUPS REGULARLY! Both the onsite and offsite. If you don't test, there is zero guarantee that it will work when you need it. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!!!

If your backup solution is able, try to boot the disk image as a virtual machine using Virtualbox, VMware Player or similar.

 

 

 

Great thread Hector.  Would you mind following up with a quick guide on buying one's own "domain" and provide some examples of hosting sites?

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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