Yep, for those who read my blog a few weeks ago, you’ll know that I am currently sans computer. To say, I’ve a computer addiction is to say someone is a little bit pregnant. Losing my apple green laptop has put a severe cramp in my writing time.
In fact, the story fairy is on haitus until I can ressurect the green machine. I’ve replaced the battery and nada, zip, zilch. So now I’ve ordered a new power cord and am hoping that solves the problemo. If not, I’ve got serious issues.
One being that my last back-up was in January 2012. Yeah, that kinda sucks. I may be able to use the green paperweight as a passive external drive and suck things off of it. Of course, that all depends on whether I can wrestle the desktop away from my daughter (who attends on line high school). The parenting manual says mommy’s writing does not come before education, so I can’t pull rank.
All of this has got me revisiting online backups for my files. I have several means of back up such as discs, jump drives and email sent files, but no actual online storage although there’s lots of options out there.
Cox–my IP provides a generous amount of space, but what if I change providers. Then I have to remember to move stuff. I hate moving stuff.
Dropbox is free and I have 2 accounts there as my editor and cover artist both share files with me through it instead of sending me files.
CrashPlan charges a small fee but they have a sale on Black Friday for the whole year and will back-up your whole computer or whatever files you choose.
Jungle Disk charges about 2 dollars a month.
iCloud–from Apple, I have this for my ipad and don’t use it. It’s free up to a certain amount than you get charged.
Amazon also offers me free storage which I thought was where my kindlebooks and MP3 music went but nope, just checked and it’s empty. Music and ebooks are stored elsewhere.
Google docs is another possiblity. I use this to edit my novels with zumaya publications, so I’m familiar with it.
Yahoo groups is another place to store files, but then anyone can read them if they’re part of your group.