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It is critical to have secure backups (that you can control) of all your data stored on hosted servers

Last month the federal government took unprecedented efforts to shut down selected hosts on intellectual property infringement and national security grounds. One such action took a blogging site offline, leaving 73,000 bloggers without access to years of accumulated data. If they haven't backed up their work, they aren't going to see it for a while: http://torrentfreak.com/u-s-authorities-shut-down-wordpress-host-with-73...

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My current Linux flavor: Ubuntu Server 9.10

I started with Red Hat, moved to Fedora Core (3,4,5,8); used CentOS, FreeBSD (both on my Mac and as a server install); Debian Feisty something, now have servers running Ubuntu Server 9.10 Karmic something. So far so good. I've installed both the 32-bit and 64-bit version and it's working pretty well.

Cons:
-Getting started. Had some funky issues with the full install iso. Worked great with the minimal install CD/disk image.

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OS X update saga: 10.4.11 to 10.6.2, plus hardware upgrades

After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally decided to bite the bullet and upgrade my laptop (MacBook Pro 2.2 ghz) to the current version of OS X.

Having read a few horror stories online, I decided to do a clean install, and, while at it, replace my hard drive and upgrade my RAM.

I ordered a 500 GB drive and 4GB RAM from Other World Computing, (http://www.macsales.com) and they arrived when they said they would. One really cool thing about OWC is that they have installation videos right on their website.

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Consumer resolution: Never entertain any offers if any type on the offer page is less than 10pts.

Just got yet another DirectTV solicitation in the mail. I'd be interested as our basic cable service provides us with 12 or so channels. I wouldn't mind investing in a modest upgrade to get CNN, the History Channel, and a few others.

But...when I tried to read the soliciation, I could barely make out anything important (i.e. the actual cost and terms of the service being offered). I've toyed with the idea in the past, but now I'm implementing it: I will immediately 86 any offer that contains any type smaller than 10 pt type.

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