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  • Andrew T Schwab 7:12 am on April 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , cloud, gmail   


    After my glowing review of Backupify last week, I’m ashamed to admit that I forgot the golden rule of backups, if you can’t restore, then you haven’t successfully backed up anything. In checking some of the services besides twitter in my Backupify cloud backup account yesterday, I noticed that while I’ve been receiving nice emails about successful Gmail backups, when I went to restore my email (one at a time) all I got were empty .eml files. (Don’t get me started on that format either, seriously I need an email client to read restored gmail email?). This appears to be a problem with the backupify gmail service, which is still in beta after all.  But beta or not, I don’t think it should be cheerfully telling me that my email is backed up if I can’t restore it at all.

    Now, formats aside, my Hotmail backup actually works. And yes, I have a hotmail account, have since before there was dirt and I am kind of partial to it. It was my first web based email and I still remember having to use pine at University too, so there.

    The twitter backup is still awesome, although threaded conversations would be nice.  Google Docs works as advertised, although again the format is all in Microsoft Office docs. It looks like they simply do an export as Office documents to their cloud. While I would prefer a zip archive option, this will work as protection against the accidental delete. My blogger backup currently says “Application Error” when I try and look at the Archive. I guess if anything happens to my Andrew T. Schwab blog I’m SOL.  But hey, its free and still in Beta so I really shouldn’t complain.

    Oh, and Backupify does work with Google Apps, I have it backing up one of my Standard Apps Gmail accounts.  So I’m an idiot, what else is new?  Now, where’d I put that iPad?

    • Rob 9:30 am on April 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Andrew,
      We can’t replicate this error, and haven’t had a single user complain about anything similar, so you might want to send us an email with some more information so we can look into it.

      We’ve seen a weird bug with some versions of IE 7 where it downloads empty zip files that really have data, so you may want to include your browser info.

      • anotherschwab 1:37 pm on April 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Well, the .eml files open fine in mail on my Mac OS X Leopard 10.6.3. Something must be wrong with Outlook Express on my Windows XP machine. They open with no subject and sender unspecified. Of course I don’t use Outlook express, or Outlook being that we’ve moved everything to Google Apps, so restoring could be interesting.

        Again, thanks for the response. I’m looking into how we might use Backupify with our students and staff to back up their Google Apps Docs. since there really is no way to do a traditional backup for their cloud stuff.

    • Rob 10:23 am on April 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You also might want to try blogger again. Your backups are there. I think it was some other problem.

      • anotherschwab 1:29 pm on April 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        The Blogger service is indeed now working. I can access the account settings and backup archives whereas I could not yesterday from two different machines. It is comforting to know that my unimportant blog entries are being backed up in the cloud and I can now see them in all their backupify glory. Thanks for the follow up.

  • Andrew T Schwab 8:04 pm on April 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , cloud   

    Backupify – A nice little cloud app 

    Nice? Ok, so far Backupify is awesome.  I looked at my Twitter archive today and what can I say but Wow!  I mean, come on. It built an entire pdf book of my Twitter activity that I can download!  I also have it backing up 2 personal gmail accounts, my google docs and delicious bookmarks.  The interface is simple, its easy to use.  I understand the thing.  It just works.

    The email notifications of completed backups surely must be making me sleep better at night knowing that my cloud data is being backed up.  I did reduce the backup frequency from daily to weekly.  Since my cloud data is supposedly “distributed” and “redundant” anyway I felt super paranoid every day when the backupfiy email would arrive telling me my services had been backed up.  Once a week feels better.

    Now, if only they had something similar for Google Apps accounts I would be all over that.  As long as it was free, or nearly free.

  • Andrew T Schwab 9:09 pm on March 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: browsers, cloud, Mac, OS, Windows7   

    Operating Systems Don’t Matter, But I Still Want a Mac 

    I’ve become one mixed up computer user. For the past few months I’ve been running Snow Leopard on a hackintosh at home as my main desktop computer. I also have an old laptop running Windows 7 that I occasionally will drag into the living room and work on in front of the TV but more and more, my living room surfing is done on my iPhone.

    At work I am running Windows XP; mostly because I just haven’t had time to upgrade to Windows 7. I also have an Ubuntu Linux netbook that goes with me to meetings and what not.

    Just a few years ago, I would have found it impossible to jump between Operating Systems like this. Just keeping up with the application requirements would have driven me insane. But now I just open up my web browser (Firefox or Chrome mostly) on whatever system I am using and Bam! its all there. Email, Docs (we use Google Apps at school), Remote Desktop (yes I do need to access my Windows Servers), The Internet.  Everything I use on a day to day basis is cross platform or in the cloud.

    I guess if I stop to think about it I’m what you could call tri-lingual when it comes to Operating Systems.  It’s kind of neat; in a geeky sort of way.  Having said that I should be able to format my computer right now, reinstall Windows or even better (for my wallet) Ubuntu and be back on my merry way.  Except I don’t.  So if someone would care to explain why I continue to find myself inexplicably drawn to the most expensive platform out there I’d be much obliged.

    Because I still want a Mac.

  • Andrew T Schwab 7:48 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cloud, ephemeral   


    My first Backupify email arrived today telling me that my precious cloud data had been successfully backed up; to the cloud.  I suppose this should make me feel more at ease with storing all of my life’s 1’s and zero’s in some ephemeral gaseous state.  What if the entire cloud dissipated?  It wouldn’t really matter where that my email was in two different parts of it, would it?  But I guess the chances of that happening are very small.  I mean my Internet is more likely to go down than to have anything happen to the cloud.  I wonder.  If the internet goes down, is the cloud still the cloud if I am no longer connected to it?

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