Schrodinger Backups: The condition of any backup is unknown until a restore is attempted

last updated in Categories Humour

A tweet about backups got pretty popular among sysadmin and IT community. The tweet read as follows:

Picture about Schrodinger Backups

The condition of any backup is unknown until a restore is attempted
The condition of any backup is unknown until a restore is attempted

Here is a tweet about Schrodinger Backups

If it is worth having pictures, database, files and more, it is worth having a backup. But, a backup isn’t a backup until you have restored successfully from it.

16 Places To Buy A Laptop With Linux Preloaded

last updated in Categories Hardware, Open Source

Linux preloaded
I want a Linux system without having to pay a Microsoft tax. The hardest part of using Linux is to find out the correct hardware. Hardware compatibility and drivers can be a big issue. But where one can find Linux desktops or Laptop for sale? Here are fifteen places to buy a preinstalled Linux Desktop and Laptop.

Book Review: Tarsnap Mastery Online Backup For the Truly Paranoid

last updated in Categories Amazon Web Services, Cloud Computing, Reviews

Tarsnap Mastery: Online Backups for the Truly Paranoid (IT Mastery) It’s always a good idea to keep backups of all of your data in multiple places. Every Linux or Unix sysadmin must master the art of backups if you want to keep your data forever. Most sysadmin recommend and follows the 3-2-1 rule:

  1. At least three copies of data.
  2. In two different formats.
  3. With one of those copies off-site.

Tarsnap is one of such off-site backup sites. It’s a secure online backup system for UNIX-like system. This service encrypts and stores data in Amazon S3. To use Tarsnap perfectly and feel secure about your backups, you need the “Tarsnap Mastery” book by Michael W. Lucas. It is no secret that I’m a big fan of his book series. Let’s see what the book is all about.

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day – 2012

last updated in Categories Linux News

Tomorrow is a SysAdmin appreciation day. The holiday exists to show appreciation for the work of sysadmins and other IT professionals. It is celebrated on the last Friday in July i.e. Friday, July 27, 2012, is the 13th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day.