[GSBN] Libraries can still burn

Derek Stearns Roff derek at unm.edu
Fri Jul 8 13:06:32 CDT 2016

Very sorry to hear about these problems, Bruce.  I hope for the best for your rebuilding and restoring the library.  Hopefully, the Roman and Egyptian navies will not come into conflict over your site, as they did in Alexandria.

This sad event could also serve as a good reminder to all of us to establish a good backup system for our own computers, and check to see that the backups actually work.  It’s cheaper and easier to do good backups now than ever before.  A robust system should have at least one local and one remote backup.

Not everyone is comfortable with cloud backups, but they do offer a level of redundancy, accessibility, and isolation from local events that none of us could match with our personal resources.  If you have any interest in cloud backups, I’d like to recommend one cloud backup company for your consideration, Bruce, and everyone else.  I have no financial or personal link to this company, but I have been following them for years, and they are outstanding in their honesty, transparency, and innovation.  They also provide some very interesting information and training materials, which are accessible whether you are a customer or not.  In my view, the cost is reasonable, at $50-$60 per year for an individual or small business.  I think plans at that level would cover a site like Bruce’s, but he might need a higher tier of service.  The company is Backblaze, Inc.  https://www.backblaze.com

My personal backup system is to have two separate versioning backup disks (using Time Machine, on the Mac).  One of them is constantly connected to my computer, and the other I update every few days.  I also maintain two bootable clone backups (using Carbon Copy Cloner), which I store in different locations.  It takes a little time and attention to keep my updates current, but it sure feels good when a disk or computer crashes, or a backup is corrupted.

Best wishes,

Derek Roff
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On Jul 8, 2016, at 11:19 AM, Big M Construction <bigmconst at gmail.com<mailto:bigmconst at gmail.com>> wrote:


You are in so many ways the captain of this big ship we are all on trying to make the built environment better, safer, healthier and kinder to this planet. I echo Jacob’s thoughts and offer any of my time that you might see fit. An attack on your website is an attack on all of us.

Rebuilding can allow for changes that have been on your mind in the past.

Best wishes,
On Jul 8, 2016, at 11:07 AM, Anthony Novelli <anthony.novelli at gmail.com<mailto:anthony.novelli at gmail.com>> wrote:

Should you need support in rebuilding things, sing out Brucie.

Glad Bill pointed out archive.org<http://archive.org/> before I did. I would be willing to put some time in searching and downloading, etc.

Would first steps be to work with a list of content, which could be made into a google.doc spreadsheet, and we could all comb the internets and check stuff off as it’s found?

I guess I’m also curious how you have adapted things to avoid them in the future? I had to completely rebuild TimOK’s site after somebody figured how to get past the not-too-secure Wordpress logins, though thankfully they just loaded it with clickbait links. Again, let me know if you need support.

Peace to all.

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