SugarSync users who have been enjoying the service's free 2GB tier received some news today that they may find hard to swallow. Beginning February 8, 2014, SugarSync will no longer welcome freeloaders to the fold, and instead will adopt a paid-only model. On the bright side, customers will still be able to try the service at no cost for 90 days and 5GB (or 30 days for any of the paid plans), but after that, it comes time to pay the piper.
There usually isn't anything inherently sexy about Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, not unless you're really into storage chores and get unusually excited about the prospect of backing up data. Newer generation NAS boxes, however, are proving much more than just simple backup solutions. Asustor's new AS 3 Series, for example, boasts a wealth of multimedia functionality, including support for Full HD 1080p video playback.
All expecting parents have read What to Expect When You’re Expecting, because when that little bundle of joy drops out of mommy, you’d better be ready with lots of paper towels and a whole lot of specialized knowledge about what to do from that moment forward. Though it’s not quite as messy (or scary), a new PC requires a similar sort of informed approach if you want to raise it properly from the moment it squirts out of the Fed Ex truck and into your life. You’ll be tempted to pick it up and coo, “Who's a widdle PC?,” and then immediately benchmark the shinola out of it. We understand the impulse, and the excitement, but hold your horses, cowboy. You’ve got to take it slow with a new rig, and get it set up correctly the first time, or else all your future efforts will be for naught. That’s where we come in.
Note: This article was originally featured in the March 2013 issue of the magazine.
PC users must be optimists. Sure, we flame and troll and gripe about every little thing, but how on earth can you explain the fact that so many of us don't back up our data, other than raw, bordering-on-delusional optimism? Your hard drive is safe right now, of course, but what are the odds that it will get damaged, corrupted, power-surged, hacked, stolen, flooded, burned or earthquake-d in the next year? We'll answer that one for you: too high to ignore.
So if you've managed to go this long without implementing a good backup system, read on. We've put together a quick primer on the 6 forms of data backup available to you. Pick two, spend 30 minutes setting them up, and you'll never have to worry about your data again.
After seizing MegaUpload and freezing its assets last week, U.S. District Attorney Neil MacBride wrote in a letter to the site's lawyers saying "hosting companies may begin deleting the contents of the servers beginning as early as February 2, 2012." That's bad news for people who were using the site for legitimate backup purposes, but a last minute stay of execution for all those digital bits is still possible.
In a typically detailed post on the Building Windows 8 blog Monday, the Windows 8 team underlined the advantage of using a Windows Live ID to sign into different Windows devices. According to Katie Frigon, the group program manager of the You-Centered Experience team at MS, doing so will let users have “a truly personal experience that seamlessly bridges their online and offline tasks, is simpler to set up and use, and persists across their set of Windows 8 PCs.” Hit the jump for more.
Toshiba is trying to cover all the bases with its new Canvio 3.0 portable hard drive line. These drives ship in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities for local backups, support fast transfers via SuperSpeed USB 3.0, support plug-and-play operation, and come pre-loaded with cloud-based backup software.
There's an old saying that goes "You can't take it with you when you die," but we disagree. Sure, you might suffer an XP loss or have a nifty +3 bastard sword disappear from your inventory, but all in all, your belongings remain intact in the event of an untimely character death. The saying should be "You can't take it with you if you don't save your game data." We can't help with your lack of FPS skills, but we can help you transfer your game data to a new PC or hard drive.
We're constantly preaching the importance of backing up data as a preventative measure against Murphy's Law. Hard drives fail, and while it never happens at a convenient time, having backups in place is the difference between yelling out a string of obscenities and punching a hole in the wall, or muttering a few curse words under your breath before moving on. LaCie wants to help you take the latter route with its new CloudBox, a hybrid storage system that backs up your files in two locations.
It's rule numero uno - the most important, essential, imperative tip. The most necessary, and often most overlooked, step: Back up. If there were a list of PC rules, back up would be numbers one and two, and maybe three as well. It's that vital - or at least, it will be the moment you experience a system crash, or accidentally spill Mountain Dew Code Red all over your hard drive.
While we've covered the topic of back up before (more than once), we thought instead of telling you what to do, perhaps it would be equally as instructive to tell you what not to do. So, if you find yourself doing any of the eleven things listed below, take a pause and remember rule one. You'll thank us the next time you have an unexpected power failure. If there's a back up blunder that we've missed, or a horror story you'd like to share, then add it in the comments.