Google Drive’s New Backup System is Great (Especially if You Have NO Backup Plan…)

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Google is soon going to introduce an update on June 28th (for consumers) to its cloud storage service Google Drive, which will allow you to backup your data by selecting certain folders on your computer and syncing them to their respective folders rather than copying them onto one folder on Drive.  The service is being called Backup & Sync, and if you don’t have an offsite cloud backup storage plan (you should have one; I’ll get to that later), you’ll have little-to-no excuse. While more higher-rated data backup services like Crashplan and Backblaze exist, Google’s offering is more accessible and easier to dive into.

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Now You Can Get Physical Boxes for your Digital Steam Games

Steam Game CoversAny game that you purchase from Steam is digital; they exist entirely on your PC or on servers. But because they’re digital, doesn’t mean that they have to remain JUST digital. Steam Game Covers is a site dedicated to the creation and hosting of templates people can use to make their own physical cases for Steam games. Much like we’ve been doing for those games we purchase second-hand that don’t come with covers, after you back up your game on a disc, print out a cover, put it in a CD jewel case or DVD case or what have you, and viola: now you have a physical Steam collection on your shelf or desk or box or attic. Continue reading “Now You Can Get Physical Boxes for your Digital Steam Games”

CloneApp Backs Up All Your (oft-neglected in fresh installs) Windows Program Settings!

CloneApp Backs Up All Your Windows Program Settings

Should you be migrating from one Windows PC to a new one or doing a clean install, your life (and time) is simpler when you move all your settings and tweaks along for that ride. However, if you don’t want to perform a full backup and restore, CloneApp WILL back up settings for Windows’ most popular programs, allowing you to restore them later. HOORAY!!
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The 8 Stupid Things People Do (and Should STOP Doing) Online

The internet can be a wonderful place for resources, entertainment and networking with the world being at your fingertips, however it can also turn into a world of complete pain  and anguish as soon as you realize that you make a single, stupid mistake. This can range from arguing with internet trolls on message boards, using “password,” “1234,” or “abcd” as your password, or allowing some random web app to freely access your information. Much like making mistakes in a traditional, “real-world” sense, any dumb mistake you make online can (and likely WILL) come back to bite you if you’re not careful. Adam Dachis at Lifehacker offers a few suggestions on how you can save yourself from doing avoidable, stupid things on the internet.

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Home w/ A Moat, Autonomous Planes, PS3 Surgery & NO HOLDS BARRED! – WIRed #8

This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses a Dutch house built along a moat (The Water Villa), self-flying planes that dodge obstacles (MIT’s Autonomous Plane), my episode with repairing my old PS3 and backing up my data (What the Inside of a PS3 Looks Like), and Hulk Hogan stars in NOOO HOLLLLDS BARRRRRRED!! (“No Holds Barred”: The Movie and the Match).
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So, what does the inside of a PlayStation 3 look like?

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Here are some pictures I took last summer of what the inside of my 2007 “Cadillac” 60GB (now 500GB) launch model of my now old & non-working PS3 looks like (it was way out of warranty anyway).  From left to right is the top case with media drives and power source, the cooling fan and heat-sink, and the main motherboard. Check out the whole wild, wild (well, maybe not THAT wild) and crazy story and a slideshow after the break.

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Credit Card-Sized Battery For Emergency Charges (The “Not Paying For Stuff” Type)

Just in case of the emergency of your iPhone or iPod severely lacking in battery power, this credit card-like backup battery can charge up you iOS device when you’re in such a situation.

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Thank You Pogoplug, My New Personal Home Media Server

My lovely Pogoplug
The Pogoplug Classic

A few weeks ago, I took advantage of a great deal at my local Best Buy and purchased a brand new Pogoplug Classic (that used to retail at $130) for only 30 BUCKS.  For the last few years I’ve been looking for a media server (like the LaCie LaPlug Media Server), and this steal came along.  For the longest time, I’ve been using my laptop or my near-10-year-old desktop PC along with some server software (i.e., TVersity, PS3 Media Server, Vuze, Orb, etc.), that that always involved having my computer on ALL OF THE TIME, hogging up a whole lot of power.

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