It depends on what you want from your backup, the size of the drive you are backing up, the speed of your internet connection and whether your internet account has a monthly cap. Not to mention that you are wholly reliant on having a working internet connection, etc, etc.Ramon Amira wrote:I don't know why you would think that online backup is "crazy." It's way safer than using an external hard drive for backup. With online backup your files are safely backed up on super servers, that are also ultra secure........JohnB wrote:I certainly wouldn't relying on an online backup. To me the idea is just crazy - though I accept that some people to use them.Ramon Amira wrote:I have Online Backup - is that good if something goes haywire? Although with Windows XP I did numerous System Restores over a long period of time and never had anything whatsoever get changed or go wrong.
I backup to external hard drives.
Oh, maybe I should try that when I get a desktop, to minimize the risk of Windows 10 somehow screwing everything up. A few months ago, the anniversary update (which I only got to get the bash shell) somehow resulted in an endless loop of the MSI logo screen on my laptop... Checked the BIOS, some settings were all over the place. I still have no idea how Windows 10 pulled that off. I learned my lesson and haven't updated since...MessyTendon wrote:You should celebrate and send me some low tension rectified La Bella strings hehehe
Actually now you ought to consider an SSD drive as a secondary boot...you can put the latest version of windows on that...and boot to the older version later if you want.
I'm truly astonished how many seemingly sensible people have, in the past, rushed to upgrade their computer whenever there is a new Windows operating system. (Yes, you guessed - I am still on W7.)MessyTendon wrote:Never upgrade windows until you have to Proverbs...something...
Most of the time "cloud" is marketing jargon. Your online back-up service if it was being marketed new today would be called a "cloud back-up". Cloud is "sexier" than "online". There are a number of definitions but the core is that it is self-service, shared, centrally managed but possibly on distributed resources*.Ramon Amira wrote: I don't entirely understand what "Cloud" backup is, but I think it's different from an Online Backup service, like the two largest - Norton Online Backup, and Carbonite, Carbonite being the better of the two. ….
Joe, I'm sure your tech guy is very knowledgeable but his views don't agree with my own experience.Joe de V wrote:You are using a laser printer and my tech person told me about 6 or 7 months ago when I was going to Up-grade my old Epson XP-410 model to a laser unit to keep my Epson and forget about a Laser unit for three reasons;
Hello JohnB: Your experience is a good one and is nice to know. I still prefer to stay with my old -in-one Epson unit. Like you, my tech person was only telling me his own experience servicing and selling printers. Speaking of the all-in-one printers my favorite was the products from Canon but their "thirst" for ink demanded quicker replacement - in my personal experience - After my test for volume of pages printed I found the Epson line a better value for my own needs.JohnB wrote:Joe, I'm sure your tech guy is very knowledgeable but his views don't agree with my own experience.Joe de V wrote:You are using a laser printer and my tech person told me about 6 or 7 months ago when I was going to Up-grade my old Epson XP-410 model to a laser unit to keep my Epson and forget about a Laser unit for three reasons;
I have a 16 year old inexpensive Brother laser printer which works fine, even after not being used for weeks. The only maintenance I have ever done on it is to clean the feed rollers with a damp cloth.
The print quality of inkjet and laser printers can both be very good indeed (depending on the printer, of course).
Inkjets: Initial cost is often cheaper than laser printers. Better for photos and colour printing. Higher cost per copy due to the price of inkjet cartridges, nozzle cleaning, etc. Probably the most versatile printer for domestic use, if you only have one printer.
Lasers: Good for back and white printing. Much faster printing. Toner cartridges can cost more than inject jet cartridges but they last much, much longer - the consensus seems to be that this results in a significantly lower cost per copy. You should periodically replace the drum in order to maintain quality.
IMO for domestic use, when you want a versatile printer and have relatively low use then an inkjet, either stand alone or as part of an "all-in-one" is the best choice. But if you want a work-horse printer for black and white - a laser printer is by far the best choice.
(When I was self employed I had a laser printer for run of the mill printing but also had an inkjet "all-in-one" type printer for when I needed colour. The inkjet was replaced many years ago but the laser is still working fine, though only lightly used these days.)
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