personal backup

Jeffrey S. Young young at
Sat Aug 13 04:19:20 CDT 2011

On 13/08/2011, at 3:12 PM, Randy Bush <randy at> wrote:

> charles skipped what i see as a highly critical question, personal
> backup.
> my life is on a 13" macbook air, all data, mail back decades (i do not
> save all mail), etc.  the whole drive is encrypted, my main reason for
> moving to lion.
> i have two time machine drives, one at home and one i carry on the
> road.  both are encrypted.
> belt and braces, i also use unison to sync my laptop's home data to a
> server in colo.  it goes to a freebsd geli, i.e. encrypted, partition.
> all keys and other critical private data are in a text file on my laptop
> encrypted with gpg, which i use emacs crypt++ to access.  that key file,
> a bunch of x.509 certs, ... are copied to an ironkey usb.
> randy

I found the "mobile account/portable home directory" feature in os x server
 to be very useful for wife and kids (powerbooks).  They get backed up and don't
realize.  If they crash a drive or if i upgrade a machine I just log them back
in and resynch the machine.  no more lost homework.


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