Blackblaze burns the competition with B2
September 23, 2015
Yesterday, Backblaze announced a new game changing product, if you’re into storage. The new Backblaze B2 offers cloud-based object storage, similar to AWS S3 or Google Cloud Storage, except that it’s significantly cheaper than the competition. This is shocking since a lot of people have never heard of Backblaze, and they don’t play in the “cloud” market.
WordPress: Smart backups BackWPup and Amazon S3
June 30, 2010
WordPress being as popular as it is, is a very common target for all sorts of evil and dastardly hacks. As such, you should make sure to back it up on a very regular basis. Sometimes we don’t backup because we’re lazy, cheap, or it simply takes too much work. Well, let me tell you about a way to backup your WordPress easily, cheaply, and completely automated: BackWPup. This is a plugin I found that does one thing, and does it well, it runs backups. You can very easily setup BackWPup to backup your all your WordPress files and database to a file on your server. This is a great start, but not the best idea. Now, for those who aren’t in the “know” the best place to have your backups is “offsite” (or not on the same server or in the same physical location as your original data). This means that after the backup files are created, they need to be pushed somewhere else. BackWPup offers you the ability to FTP said files, but if you don’t have another server…this doesn’t help you much. What BackWPup offers, that is a fantastic feature, is the ability to push to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). The basic idea is: “Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web.” Most importantly, it is cheap! It is only 15 cents per Gigabyte/Month.
Backing up/Migrating PuTTY
June 10, 2010
If you regularly use SSH/Telnet from Windows, you probably use PuTTY. If you don’t use PuTTY, you either should, or your paying too much. Anyways, if you use it a fair amount you probably have saved sessions. While PuTTY doesn’t have an internal mechanism for backing up these settings, it turns out it is very easy. All the settings are stored in the registry. There are two easy methods if you want to back them up (which is always good to do). Afterward you can reload them onto another machine, should you need/desire to do so: