This Christmas has probably the most intensive tech-soaked holiday period I’ve had with friends and family. It was refreshing to see the ways that recent tech developments have allowed us to enjoy the gathering, events, experience and excitement. …more
This time of year many of us travel home to visit family. If you’re the least bit of a techie, you’ll likely be called in to help someone diagnose some sort of computer problem — hopefully not very serious. But if Uncle Billy’s computer ‘just stopped working’ and you know you’re going to be spending an evening there, you can bet you’ll be asked to ‘just take a look at it, you’re so good with computers it won’t take you long to figure it out.’ The next thing you know you’re plopped in front of the system, waiting for it to go through a virus laden bootup while wistfully remembering that hot rum toddy you left by the fireplace. …more
Ok, it’s a lousy title for a movie, but it is a great reminder to review and execute your data backup strategies, both at home and online.
Why Friday the 13th?
Simply, it’s a day-date combination that happens infrequently, almost ad-hoc. When it does occur, you can easily plan to take time out to perform your maintenance chores.
It’s also a very memorable day. In fiction, bad things happen on Friday the 13th — so the best way to prevent those bad things from happening to you, is to take proactive measures…and what better day to remember to do that than Friday the 13th!
Some things to do
Backup your home computer systems
Backup your blog(s)
Backup your other content stored in the cloud (flickr, Google Docs, iTunes video & music)
Remove and delete programs you’ve not used for a while
Review and backup your password & account information
Purge your online email accounts of old mail
Defrag your hard drives
I’ve written a few posts about backups and maintenance before, so if you want to dig into the detail, here’s a handy list, sorted by backup tag.
Basically, PodNova is a service that you use to subscribe to all of your podcasts. Or, you can stream your podcasts directly to your computer (or mobile device: iPhone, iPod Touch, etc).
But, if you want to keep all your computers synchronized, you simply point your iTunes subscription at ‘your personalized’ RSS podcast feed. Done.
The result is that you now have one feed to remember, but that feed now contains ALL your podcast subscriptions. All you have to do is subscribe to your PodNova feed, sit back, and enjoy your podcasts. Once per computer.