Article: In praise of cloud storage for backing up data
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Mar 27, 2009

This topic is for discussion of the translation article "In praise of cloud storage for backing up data".


Mike (de Oliveira) Brady  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Member (2008)
Portuguese to English
Clarifications on the Apple service Mar 27, 2009

As explained in the article, I am currently working from the documents I backed up on the Apple system. In the process I have learned that while it is possible to download a whole folder, which is zipped when you do so, whole folders cannot be shared in this way. The sharing feature provides a link to individual files only. What it is possible to do is upload the zipped folder and share that, as it is effectively an individual file. When you opt to share a file, a window opens where you enter an email address for the recipient and a message to go with the link generated for the file.

There is also a section of the iDisk that is designated as the 'Public' folder. You can provide open access to this, or password protect it and provide the password to colleagues. If your colleagues have Macs, they can mount your Public folder on their desktop as a virtual disc for direct access.

I suggested above that the system is infinitely expandable. I now see that it is currently possible to extend it to 40 GBytes or 60 GBytes from the basic 20 GByte package.

You can now view the service using an even shorter URL:

As well as:


Alison Sabedoria  Identity Verified
Member (2009)
French to English
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Keep an old-fashioned notebook as well! Nov 25, 2009

For day to day back-up I've found nothing better than just copying folders regularly onto a USB memory-stick: safe private portable storage, and I know where it is!

I went through hot and cold sweats when my hard drive died a couple of years ago. The most vital documents were backed up, but I lost a lot of small peripheral details.

So, since then I have kept a paper "log-book" by the computer in which I note all website log-in details, softare registration details, dates and info about all file downloads, all changes I make to configurations and settings, etc. The habit was easy enough to get into, and has helped enormously when sorting out the inevitable problems PCs are prone to. It's a lot quicker to thumb through the pages than trawl through old e-mails or boxes under the bed for the info.

I have always kept a paper e-mail addess list: just a couple of sheets for personal contacts, and an old-fashioned card index (what we used back in the days before databases) for work stuff, on which I can add notes about recent conversations, projects, progress etc. With different colours of cards, it's remarkably versatile and efficient: green for translation projects (paper-clipped while in use to the appropriate project wallet of paper notes), red for agency details, yellow for interesting leads to follow up... I can still see who I spoke to about what and when 15 years ago.

The advantage of paper is that it's still there when your lap-top's been nicked, and you can consult it when the server's down or during a power cut.


Vladimir Pochinov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 09:35
Member (2002)
English to Russian
Other options - Time Capsule and 1Password May 6, 2010

When I arrange my new computer I will need to reinstall software, set up logins to various website I master and so on. To help with this I have recorded product keys and logins in a document called 'usefulstuff'. This is backed up in cloud storage, obviating the need to hunt through old emails and files to find this information.

Since you are a Mac user like myself, you may consider other options.

Time Capsule

1. Back up your entire disk automatically on an hourly, daily and weekly basis (you will be able to restore your Mac to a previous operating state, including all applications, settings, user files, i.e. restoring from a "drive image").

2. Create and share a 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless network.

3. Share a printer and/or external hard drive(s).

Single license - US$39.95

1. Store securely all your login details, software licenses, etc.

2. Attach file-based licenses and receipts to Software Licenses, add images to Secure Notes, or add a scan of your Passport directly to your Wallet. Files are copied into 1Password’s database and encrypted along with all of your other information.

3. Sync with your iPhone/iPad.

I have tried several password managers (both for PC and Mac) and I believe this application has no rivals at present.

Hope it helps.


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