Review: Idrive Online Backup

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The following post is a sponsored review of Idrive Online Backup, a solution that I have been using for several years now to keep my data safe.

Let me jump directly into the features of Idrive:

  1. Automatic selection of documents, pictures and videos when you first install it
  2. Continuous data protection of modified files, compressed and secured via 128-bit SSL transfer and 256-bit AES encryption on storage
  3. All files are versioned and never deleted unless you choose to do so
  4. Quick search and restore features to get back those files you’ve lost
  5. Data retrieval from any computer in any location in the world, even without the software installed
  6. Timeline restore to get your files back from a specific point in time

Idrive plans begin at a generous 5GB completely for free. But, if you want more data you can upgrade for as little as $4.95/mo

Starting off is extremely easy, simply grab the account, download the software and you’re good to go.

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Hit connect and you’re ready to begin the backup process.

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If you think you’re stuck with that list, don’t worry. You have complete freedom to choose whichever folders you want. I have my entire development portfolio including my WordPress plugins backed up along with all important documents that are neatly filed in “My Documents” folder.

So, which backup software are you using. Have you used this one? What has your experience been so far?

Should I shift from Gmail to Windows Live Mail or Yahoo?

For the second time yesterday, I awoke to find my Gmail account locked. This is the second time that this has happened.

The only notification is that it is locked for unusual activity. The “help” page states these as:

  1. Receiving, deleting, or downloading large amounts of mail via POP or IMAP in a short period of time. If you’re getting the error message, ‘Lockdown in Sector 4,’ you should be able to access Gmail again after waiting 24 hours.
  2. Sending a large number of undeliverable messages (messages that bounce back).
  3. Using file-sharing or file-storage software, browser extensions, or third party software that automatically logs in to your account.
  4. Leaving multiple instances of Gmail open.
  5. Browser-related issues. Please note that if you find your browser continually reloading while attempting to access your Inbox, it’s probably a browser issue, and it may be necessary to clear your browser’s cache and cookies.

I’m pretty sure that I have not violated any of these. In fact since the last time it got locked I made sure that I kept Gmail closed as much as possible, since I thought 4 or 5 above could be a possible problem.

Anyway, I’m pretty irritated with the whole deal and am planning to make the move to either Windows Live Mail or Yahoo! Mail. I plan on continuing to use Google Talk to chat with those I know as well as all the other services of Google.

So, what do you suggest I shift to? Windows Live Mail or Yahoo! Mail or should I create yet another Gmail account?

Two Nights in College

Have spent the last two nights in college. Returned last morning at around 5.30am and this morning around 6.15am after working the night out on the new College website.

Things are going good, though we should have been complete by now. Ravi joined me in the quest.

Sat for two lectures today after almost two days gap; most of which was spent in front of my laptop in the Admissions room, except for breaks for food and nature and seven hours of sleep in the 48 hours.

I’m zonked today and though tomorrow is the holiday for our vendor, however, we don’t have a luxury of holidays out here in SCMHRD.

Gonna hit the bed in sometime. Good night.

Do you Twitter?

I signed up for Twitter a month back, but haven’t bothered to keep in touch with the program. Rishi told me today that he’s tracking my updates via Twitter, so am throwing up this question to all my readers if you Twitter.

If you do, how do you update your status?

Would you track my updates?

You can add me at http://twitter.com/ajaydsouza
Or simply send FOLLOW AJAYDSOUZA to twitter@twitter.com from your GTalk ID.

The Baby is Here

My Dell Inspiron 6400

Have been waiting a good deal and definitely didn’t expect it to land here so early, but as I mentioned my laptop arrived yesterday.

And as I was really anxious to get started on it, I called up Dell and asked them to send an engineer over today itself.

He came over and completed the installation and checked the entire system. Dell has a nice diagnostic CD that checks everything.

My Dell Inspiron 6400

Windows Vista Home Basic Edition seems to be decent so far.

I was a little irritated that the C: is 100GB and the inbuilt shrinker didn’t work. It’s great that I will have (in another 12 hours) an external 120GB hard drive and a 2GB pen drive.

That’s a picture to the right. If you’re looking for more pictures, then check out this Flickr photoset and for those interested, the configuration.