Entries in technology (94)
People who send large numbers of text messages and emails may have a mental disorder, a doctor writing in a leading psychiatric journal said.
Jerald Block, writing in the latest issue of the American Journal Of Psychiatry, said "internet addiction" was a "common disorder" that deserved inclusion in a manual of mental disorders used by health professionals.
Those with the condition suffered withdrawal symptoms of anger and tension when a computer was inaccessible, and often lost their sense of time through excessive use, Dr Block said.
I have started using FriendFeed which is a "tumblelog ... a quick and dirty stream of [online] consciousness" ... it also has news feed and commenting functionality that enables a community to build around friends who link to each other
Blog RSS Feed Reader, the FaceBook blogging Application I had been using, was taking up to a few hours to show new posts
Update, Wed-23-Apr, I'm now using Facebook Notes instead
Most of all I like the 'peace of mind' reassurance of knowing all our photos (in particular) and other family data is always backed up online.
Particular features I like are:
* automated backups = peace of mind;
* your data appears as a network disk in windows explorer = you can also manually save and retrieve files using a familiar technique;
* your data can be encrypted = it remains private;
* web access to files = access away from your own pc;
* you can use the one account to backup more than one pc.
Jungle Disk costs only US$20 to purchase the software. You can subscribe for a further US$1 per month for additional optional services like automated backups and web access. You do need to subscribe to Amazon's S3 web data storage service for the data storage itself, but this is ridiculously cheap.
So that I don't go over our daily broadband limit I'm currently drip-feeding our data into the folder that is automatically backed up. It should take less than a month to backup everything. From then on new and changed data will automatically be backed up every night.
I'm not backing up the live folders on our PCs where data is saved during day to day computing . Rather I have scripts running each night to copy changes in those folders to a spare PC in our home. From there Jungle Disk will make the automated online backup. This gives us dual backups with an initial backup onsite on a spare PC coupled with an offsite backup by Jungle Disk.
I have always backed up our family data to disks, CDs, usb drives, etc. However, this has been a tedious and manual process. So, I have not done it as regularly as I should. Also, because the backups were not always offsite we were still vulnerable to theft, fire, etc even though we were protected against system failure.
If you want to use Jungle Disk follow their 'how it works' instructions.
As an alternative I investigated using Microsoft's free Windows Live Sky Drive service. However, it currently has a 5gb cap with no ability to purchase additional capacity (we have more than 5gb data). Also, it is currently only accessible through a web-page not a mapped drive. That said, Microsoft do say improvements are coming.
There are continuing rumours that Google will be releasing online storage, but I couldn't wait.
How do you backup your family data? and how often?
Update: Sun-16-Mar I have formalised the formatting of this article so that it can be re-published on BackupReview.info
our old (very noisy) kettle started smoking (literally) and we were very tired of having to stop chatting while waiting for it to boil!
Rod Drury had humourously named it his Best Gadget of 2007:
Over the last couple of days I’ve been exposed to what is clearly the best tech gadget I’ve experienced in 2007.
It was a surprise, my favorite gadget. It had elements of many great designs.
For example its simple one button interface had shades of Apple. The controls of this complex device distilled into a single red button with soft glowing light indicating its state of operation.
It has wireless technology, nothing new in itself, but incredibly useful for it’s specific application.
The best feature was it’s noise canceling design. I wondered if the designers had consulted with the team at Phitek as some deep science around sound management is in play. Every time we’ve used it someone comments “I can’t believe it’s so quiet.” It really is like magic.
Like great gadgets this is a tool. Its satisfaction not just in its use but in enjoying what you can make with this machine of convenience.
Great technology needs to be accessible and at a sale price of $74.90 it is affordable for all.
during 2007 I made 143 posts which is just short of an average of 12 per month ... even with a lull during Aug-Oct due to work commitments
in the last month I have averaged 18 daily visitors
76% of my readers are in NZ, 17% in the USA and 6% in the UK
63% of my readers use Internet Explorer as their browser, 32% Firefox and 5% Safari
89% of my readers use Windows PCs, 9% Apple Mac and 2% Linux
39% of my readers come directly (by typing GavinKnight.com into their web browser - presumably this includes email links like the one in my personal email footer) ... 28% come from searches (98.7% use Google) ... the remainder come via links from other sites (most commonly from my regular comments on David Farrar's Kiwi Blog, from my friends Chad & Cindy Carlson's blog Friends list, from my friend Mike Zook's blog Friends list, via my Facebook profile, and via my Twitter profile)
Technorati: Authority = 8 and Rank = 962,510
Alexa: Traffic Rank = 5,461,033 and Links = 1
my Facebook friends also see my GavinKnight.com posts listed in Facebook
most of the statistical analysis above was provided by Google's Feedburner service
update (6-Jan-07): added browser statistics and Technorati & Alexa ratings
I have given up on Flog Blog as it was too unreliable in detecting new posts and showing them on Facebook.
To show my Blog in Facebook I now use Blog RSS Feed Reader as it seems to be much more reliable, although it can still take longer than the setting of 2 hours to detect new posts.
My Facebook profile is here.
Update: Mon-17-Mar-08: I'm now using FriendFeed to show my Blog in Facebook because it detects new posts within minutes rather than within hours.
it took awhile to work out how to get the settings right so that my blog posts here on GavinKnight.com would automatically also appear in FaceBook ... but I now seem to have it right ... the defaults didn't do it for me
from memory the setting that mattered was the "max posts to show" setting ... click on the screenshot to see my settings
UPDATE 31-Dec-07: I have given up on Flog Blog as it was too unreliable in detecting new posts. To show my Blog in Facebook I now use Blog RSS Feed Reader as it seems to be much more reliable, although it can still take longer than the setting of 2 hours to detect new posts.
I was playing around with Windows Live Photo Gallery today and created this stitched panorama photo from 4 photos of the New Orleans Arena where I watched a Hornets NBA game while I was in New Orleans recently = pretty cool
I belong to the following online social networks to keep in touch:
- 16-Jan-08 removed Bebo, Jaiku & Pownce as I don't use them
- 1-Sep-07 added Twitter, Pownce, Jaiku as they are also a form of social network
- 26-Jul-07 now treating Vox as a social network, so added it here
- 17-Jul-07 added LinkedIn
- 16-Jul-07 original, linked in sidebar
I aggregate my online interests via Jaiku ... subscribe
you can subscribe by RSS and you will get each item as a separate item
or subscribe by email and get a daily email containing all items (sent at 2am NZ time)
an image of the email version is shown as part of this post