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I've used batch files to back-up for years. From the days of DOS and through all versions of Windows. With modern BIOSes (hot-swappable drives) and Windows (Scheduling), it couldn't be made any cheaper, any better or any easier. And the software (XCopy) is FREE! The really important stuff is encoded and then copied to a "GoogleDrive".
IMHO, anything that requires the user to do something on a regular basis in order to keep his/her system backed up will fail as a result of the something not being done shortly before the backup becomes essential! Continuous backup of changing data and documents is the only real answer. I tried Carbonite, which works but turned out to be horrendously (unusably) slow when I had a crash which required that a GB or two of data be restored. I now use AVG's little-known LiveKive application, which I find marvellous. Once everything that you specify is saved (which happens relatively quickly), it seems as if versions of your files are stored every time you save them to disk. Restoring is also reasonably fast. It is possible to restore any (date and time) version of any live file, and versions of deleted files are also retained. I have no connection with AVG other than that of being a long-time satisfied user.
I run a Windows Home Server 2011 machine with a 3TB drive that automatically performs monthly, weekly, daily and incremental backups of two of my PCs at home - mine and my wife's. I was running an older version (2003 I think) and successfully did a complete restore of my C: drive a couple of times. Upgraded to 2011 recently - I "think" it's working OK but I haven't had to do a restore yet.
Opinions on these drives are welcome. They are both $45 and both 1 TB. I have had very good luck with both Seagate and Western Digital for years. My gut instinct is to jump on the deal, as this provides precisely what I need for the moment. Combined with the scripts offered here, this looks like the way to go.
"My Printer ain't working" came the plaintive cry from the office.
Out I wander, confident of simple resolution to this problem.
"Printer Error - See Documentation"
That's all it said, no clues, no codes, nothing to go by.
Turn off Printer, Turn on Printer.
Go to Printer controls on the computer and there seems to be no problem, it is there and clearly seen, not greyed out.
Check the connections, all is well.
Open up the guts to check for paper jams, nada.
OK, reboot the system, no good.
I am about to give up as it is getting rather late in the day and as I stand up I look down an notice one of these[^] in the rear, vertical paper reservoir.
I try to pick it out and realise it is jammed solid. Fortunately there is a letter opener I can use as a lever and I can just get under it and PING! it flies up in the air and arcs gracefully into my hand.
The printer immediately starts doing its warm up routine.
A few minutes later and all is well again.
Moral of this story?
Do not go to a problem with confidence, go expecting the problem to be something you have never encountered before.
And let me say that a small, clear piece of plastic jammed into a small black piece of plastic that is surrounded by other small pieces of plastic that are black, white and clear, is not the easiest thing in the world to find.
The Elf concerned had a word about leaving files atop of printers and has assured me that such an occurrence shall not be repeated.
Meanwhile I return to what I was doing half an hour previously.
--------------------------------- I will never again mention that I was the poster of the One Millionth Lounge Post, nor that it was complete drivel. Dalek Dave
A similar situation happened to me last night. I was building my new PC, and when I slotted the graphics card into the motherboard, the little holes on the card to screw it into the case did not line up with the holes in the case. I tried all sorts of things including completely removing the motherboard from the case. At this point I tried to slide the GPU into the slot on the case without the motherboard present and it still didn't line up properly. After some wiggling, there was a clicking sound, and the holes lined up, but I couldn't move the card anymore.
After some more wiggling, I was able to determine that the problem was one of these[^]. The little plastic plug in the HDMI port of the card was preventing it from fitting in the proper place.
I removed the guilty plug, re-installed the motherboard, and then installed the GPU, which fit like a glove this time around...
The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative. -Winston Churchill
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between. -Oscar Wilde
Wow, even the French showed a little more spine than that before they got their sh*t pushed in.[^] -Colin Mullikin
My daughter is at university and phoned me the other day to say that her printer wasn't working properly and she had tried everything to fix it!
I had anticipated problems when we set her up and had the great idea to get her the same make and model as mine, so I stuck mine in the car and set off to her flat.
I swapped it over, set up the wifi connection and got it working in minutes. I left her with a new set of ink cartridges, and checked that the installed ones had at least 30% levels showing on the monitor.
Within half an hour of getting home she phoned again to say it wasn't printing properly!
That girl is a jinx!
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Yep, I have his BO book, ebooks and have seen quite a bit on forums, Q&A on SO, etc. My company uses CSLA for just about everything, and it took me forever to get the hang of it. Yeah, I think I might try to do a series on building a rather simple app from the ground up; at the very least, it sounds like something to keep me out of the bar on weekends.
Odd... I know Rocky recently migrated to that new URL, so maybe that's related. It stands for Component-based, Scalable Logical Architecture; it's basically a business object framework that helps with a bunch of stuff, like object state plumbing code, and greatly eases switching to an n-tier physical model for distributed applications. You can find more info here[^] (assuming this URL isn't also blocked).
I was trying to build a control that I copied from another project, and it build correctly, but Visual Studio would give an error stating that it could not find the required resources when dropped on a designer, even though I copied the .resx file for the component. Selecting the components that were on the control's design surface (a timer and an image list), performing a cut action, then pasting them right back fixed the issue. I guess VS didn't link a few things together.