internal comment: I guess I will be coming back from time to time after all!
I'm mostly sad for these news, for so many reasons... But I'm not sure if I should be happy. I must have been very hated here for my posts and that whole "bad karma" is now gone, I suppose. Still, I do hate to lose any kind of data
. Even this. I sure wished I had my backups there.
Jeez if we can compress it down that much maybe we should just start distributing backups among users with the storage overhead. I've got 2TB of space over here.
That's not a bad idea. We could back up once a month. Have 12 people and that would just be once a year and hold it a year.
Some of you will probably remember "my agenda" back then. Well, I just wanted to point it this once more
. If you read that, you might agree maybe it'd be a good idea to do something like that to facilitate people making their own backups here as well. Another thing to learn from Discourse, they also offer a way to backup to Amazon S3. Quite a good idea, since that is very cheap, if you use the right tool there. And it's not too complicated to set up. It saved my ass already, although I was not losing as much.
I personally use CrashPlan for years, after I've researched many services starting with good advice from Leo: Carbonite. But I never had to restore a backup from them and I've got no idea if they're good for that. I hope they do a good job, but I don't trust any important data on them because of this reason. I highly suggest you try it if that's what you'll rely upon now. Both from their cloud and your machine. Also do keep an eye for their app, as it has bugged out many many times on me, in the past (it did get better in recent months, or maybe years). They do offer some kind of email reporting, so that might help to keep track as well.
In any case, making that backup available for anyone to download might be a good idea for adding redundancy there. Just throwing yet another idea. ;P