Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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Comment by stanbr
by stanbr on Sun 25th Nov 2012 13:35 UTC
stanbr
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2009-05-22

My servers are out sourced, cloud. So I don't have to worry (too much) about its hardware failure. But I do have backups (git checkouts, mostly).

My "desktop" is a macbook, with time machine backup. Never failed, yet, but I know I can rescue it easily on another (mac) device if I need to.

That's enought for me, and I guess for most people. And a lot less time consuming =)

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RE: Comment by stanbr
by Morgan on Mon 26th Nov 2012 00:35 in reply to "Comment by stanbr"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

That's one of my absolute favorite things about the Mac platform. As long as you have access to a working Mac, you can recover from or repair just about any issue on another Mac, barring total hardware failure. Combine that with Time Machine for backups and you have a nearly foolproof recovery scheme.

There are a ton of reasons I don't use OS X as much as GNU/Linux or Windows these days, but I still have a Mac mini tucked away as a server and if my laptop ever goes down I can jump on the Mac without missing a beat. My most important small files are duplicated across three online storage accounts and two thumb drives, and the big stuff is on two different external drives. One stays put up at home when not actively backing up, and the other is in a backpack that goes with me wherever I go.

It's probably overkill, but the best thing about it is all of the recovery solutions I have, and all of my storage containers (online and physical) are cross-platform. I can install a new instance of any of the major OSes and within minutes have access to any file I need.

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