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Why You’re So Terrible at Backing Up Your Data

Like all things that are good for you, backing up stinks

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Every few years I have a panic about losing everything, and in a flurry of activity, I buy hard drives, blank DVDs, and subscriptions to cloud storage services. Then, because I am a geek, I concoct incomprehensible command-line scripts to perform backups. I write commands in a jumble of…




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