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Take a look at CopyTo synchroniser. I've used this for a long time to replicate partial directory structures, collections of files etc to external devices or across networks. Has umpteen modes of operation based on changes /new / old / size comparisons (including binary compare if you don't mind the time it takes). Allows manual intervention per file, interactive changing of direction of copy, copes with DST changes etc. Somewhat quirky interface, and does take a bit of experimenting to find the best settings, how to save settings once established etc, but really does what it says on the tin.
Hasn't been updated since 2010, but then again hasn't needed to be, and works fine on latest Win10 etc
There are other tools that are better at keeping directories etc in sync across devices and so forth (OwnCloud for example) but if you want full atomic control over the files that get copied/moved/updated, this is hard to beat.
Hello, same problem arised for me. MS Backup not worthy because does not what i wanted - full control. So wrote my own, scans (Initiated by me) all files (omits specified dirs/files), compares them with the backuped (external), and if unequal, saves them. Backuped files NOT overwritten, saved by generation type. The program is NOT perfect- but it works since a long time. Always a little bit modified to meet new functions. Written in "FreePascal".
I'm using Beyond Compare to back up at the moment to my NAS. It's directory sync mode works much like you describe except it works out what is out of date when you are ready to back up rather than tracking this in the background. Once it has finished comparing the two copies (I set it to compare size / modified date time) you can then mark folders you don't want to sync. Beyond Compare isn't free though ($30 for the standard version), but perhaps a similar folder comparison tool is out there for free.
This, of course, is precisely what Time Machine does on a Mac.
An alternative is Dropbox: move all your working files into/under the Dropbox directory, and they will be automatically sync-ed to the cloud, as they change. If you disconnect from the internet, it remembers (or figures out) what to do when you reconnect.
I do both: Dropbox for immediate and continuous backups, and two Time Machine drives I alternately connect once a week or so; one kept at work and one kept at home. Belt and two suspenders with geographic diversity.
As far as freeware goes: you get what you pay for. $100/year for a 1 TB Dropbox is well worth it, IMHO (and I want to help keep them in business).
Take a look at CrashPlan. Their client app is free to download and use on local drives without needing to subscribe to their cloud backup.
You tell it what directories/files to monitor, and any changes to files in those locations get backed up at what ever intervals you want (every 5,10,15 mins, whatever). You can create multiple backup sets that backup different sets of files at different intervals to different destinations if needed as well.
You can also tell it how long to keep file versions, so you can roll any file back to a any previous backed-up version. You can tell it to keep versions for a month, or year or forever. You can also set whether it keeps deleted files in the backup set or not as well.
I use it and it works rather well. I have a backup set that backs up locally to a NAS drive at daily interval, and another set that does backup to their cloud service at a 15minute interval. I've had to restore small groups of files and it's as easy as browsing the backup file structure in their software, selecting what version (day) you want to restore and where you want the file restored to (specific location or original location).
Since I pay for the cloud backup, the software is full featured, and I do know that it lets you use it locally for free without the subscription, but I can't speak to whether all the fine/detailed settings are available for free or if some options are locked out, you'd have to check that. But at least you can try it without loosing anything, and decide if you like it.
(I'm not affiliated with CrashPlan, just a happy customer).
Have you considered Unison or Microsoft's Synchtoy - depending on how platform independent you want to be. Both allow you to preview and choose what to synch or not (at least if you use the GUI) - and allow for exclusions and so forth.
I learned a very hard lesson about backups earlier this year. I had a massive plumbing leak at my house while I was out of town that wiped out all of my computers & external drives. I thought that I had backups covered because I had everything important on multiple drives but for some unknown reason I hadn't thought about the possibility of all of them being wiped out at once (that kind of thing happens to other people & not me).
I would consider some kind of cloud backup so that you don't run into the same problem. I use both Google Drive & MS OneDrive for free but I think that I'm limited to 15 & 30 GB respectively unless I buy additional space (& I think that I'm grandfathered in to the larger free sizes so new members might be restricted to ~5-10 GB). Both of them are integrated into Windows Explorer so that you just have to store files/directories in the location on your hard drive that is designated for cloud synchronization.
This might not work for you if you don't want everything stored in the sync location. You could however have your automated backup system move these files/directories from their original location to the sync location so that they are also automatically stored in the cloud. Of course if both the original locations & the sync location are stored on your local drive then you would then be taking up twice the space on that drive. You could possibly work around this to some extent by having the cloud sync location stored on an external drive so that you get both cloud & external drive backup at the same time without taking up twice the space on your local drive. The caveat to this is that I'm not sure how well the cloud sync engines deal with temporarily unavailable drives (i.e. when you unplug your external HD).
I'm pretty satisfied with Resilio Sync, although it is not intended as a backup system in the first place and it must be well understood.
But you may can take a look at Duplicati. I think this software meets your requirements.
YES! I have been noticing too many websites that do this. Similar to this are websites that load but then put a login dialog on top. A lot of news websites used to do this before Trump got into office - I guess they figure that if it is important for conventional news organizations to get the word out, they shouldn't be denying access to the casual (or cheap in my case ) visitor. BTW, I have figured out that the way to avoid this dialog to time hitting the stop tool button just right so that the page loads but not the dialog; I was getting really good at doing this against the Washington Post & Los Angeles Times before they removed it.
I'm turning 30 this year, time to act my age.
So, I'm leaving on an elderly cruise in Germany tomorrow
Vacation with my parents and grandparents.
We did this last year as well, because it's the only way to get my grandpa to come on a vacation (he likes boats) and my grandma wants to go on a vacation, but she doesn't want to leave grandpa at home alone anymore.
And last year was a tremendous success!
Before we went my grandparents were like "we're too old for this and this will be our last vacation", but since we came back it's all they've been talking about and they couldn't wait to go again this year
My grandma and me have always been travelling buddies ever since I was little, so it wouldn't feel right to not go with her now.
The youngest person on the ship after me will be twice my age, but the three meals a day are good so whatever
Bingo, Yahtzee, bus trip excursions, here I come!
Enjoy every single moment!
My big "5" is coming dangerously close... Will celeb in Vegas in a few years. At the WSOP. I already won way more than the the buy-in in my poker-career, so the money is there, and on my 50th I will just go to the counter, slap the money on the table and tell 'em "count me in!"
Yeah... my big showdown
Enjoy your trip - at least every 10 years a big one has to be! Good thing and happy birthday
Sounds like fun! I took my first cruise (western Caribbean) a little over two months ago. It was by far the most relaxing week I've had in years...due to the sweet fact that I didn't receive one email, text message, or even a phone call for almost a week!
Enjoy yourself and enjoy the company of your family! Bon voyage!
Well... today is the day! In roughly 14 hours I will sit on-stage behind a drum kit and I will have to play live-on-stage a song together with the band!
I am so damned nervous... couldn't sleep well, trained the song over and over and over again... I am close to the point that "I can't hear it anymore! Arrghh"
All my friends, family and even lots of my colleagues at work will be there tonight... oh man... if I crush this... I'll dig a hole and jump in!
Luckily it's a rather small gig, not really a pure "friends&family" show but we are not on an open air stage, we play in a club/bar tonight, so the amount of people is limited. At least there will not be ten thousands of people watching me fail
I will post the video tomorrow if that's ok and then I'll also post the link to the app so you can take a look at the work the band and I did together.
For now, I have two things that I want to ask and tell:
First, what would you do? Imagine you are in my situation. You are about to do one of those once-in-a-lifetime things and you know, lots of people will be watching. What's your "Plan B", if something goes wrong? I mean... I really don't want to break the song but especially when drumming and you are over-nervous, your perception changes, time has a different speed, you see some things in slomo... and "time" is EVERYTHING behind the drums... The guitarist told me, his best trick right before a gig is a beer 1 hour before they start, a second beer 45 minutes before, a third 30 minutes before... well I guess you see the algorithm... I think I will trust him and I will use the same trick
Second, more important:
The band and I have a problem. I can "only" do Android Apps. I don't own a Mac and probably never will, I never had an iPhone but there still plenty iPhone users out there.
We are looking for someone (preferrably in Central Europe, but today on this planet, physical location doesn't matter that much) who would like to join us and port the App to iOS.
But I want to make one thing clear: There is no money involved. It is a Fan-Project, I did it for free for the Band because I damned LOVE their music, and anyone who ports this to iOS will do it for free, for the fun of it too. Are you someone who would be interested in that project?
Android is live, so there are no surprises, a quite simple server-file-format for the content files, the app is a more-or-less-sophisticated parser for content files, plays youtube-videos, shows lyrics.
It's not a technical nightmare, it's straight forward. I can give extensive docs about the format, and this should be possible in a short time (prob less than 100 hrs) in your free time.
Anyone interested to be part of a Fan Project? Your skills should cover: Async web requests, embed youtube videos, background checks (once a day) for new content, show notification.
You need to have an active developer account with apple and you will/may/must publish the app under your account/your name. THE APP IS YOURS AND STAYS YOURS. No Ads allowed. This is a free-fan-app with no monetarization background.
Your benefits would definitely be that you will meet the band (if you are luckily located in Vienna, Austria, Central Europe, Planet Earth, Milky way ) and join them in the studio, maybe even play along with them if you know how to play an instrument or if you can sing. Oh, and if you speak German, at least a little bit, it would help too