Alternative to floppy?

Subject: Alternative to floppy?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 08:56:36 -0400

Dan Goldstein, who's lucky his message title made it past my spam
filter <g>, wondered: <<A current procedure tells the customer to
save a configuration file to a floppy disk, write-protect the floppy,
label the floppy, and store the floppy for future reference. Happy
2008! Floppy has left the building. The PC in question wouldn't
necessarily have a CD-ROM burner, so that's not an option. A thumb
drive isn't as easily write-protected, and of course some customers
would be tempted to overwrite it and use it for other purposes. The
PC in question wouldn't necessarily have e-mail access, but it would
probably have Internet access. Still, it would be nice to come up
with a cheap, simple, hard-media alternative to the floppy. Any

If you've got Internet access, you have e-mail access: Gmail, Yahoo,
whatever. I usually teach people (e.g., in editing workshops) that
the simplest of all backup strategies is to open a free Gmail account
and send their files to their Gmail account (via the Web interface if
they aren't using their e-mail software for whatever reason).

But the real issue here is not the means to an end, but rather the
end itself: making a secure copy you can easily retrieve. So the
solution is to word the description in that manner: "Once you have a
stable configuration file, make a safe copy somewhere so you can
retrieve it if necessary: for example, use removable storage media
(such as a diskette, thumb drive, or CD), or in a backup directory on
your network. Label the copy clearly so that you don't accidentally
erase that copy."

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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