We no need no stinkin Exchange!


Microsoft Exchange Server is a hulking beast with many ingrained problems yet is still the most commonly used mail server with most companies. Several oranizations have tried to come up with a good replacement for it, and it looks like there may finally be one with a chance of doing so:

Basic file backups


Its important to keep regular backups of your data, particularly files that are you'd really be upset if you lost (finances, baby pictures, etc). I recently found a free program called Cobian Backup that is designed for making basic file copy or zip archive backups of your files - it won't burn them to CD or DVD but its a good start. Its a little fiddly to get working correctly mainly because there are a large variety of options, but once you do you'll have pretty reliable backups as needed.

What I suggest is creating a Zip backup of either 50mb or 100mb chunks, and if you have the drive space keep about ten days worth. You should schedule it to run every day after work / at night so you've got your important files backed up daily. You should first do one backup to see how much disk space it ends up using, which will help you work out how many CDs or DVDs you'll need later. Once you get it all set up and its working well for a few days, you could then start copying a set of backup files to CD or DVD and putting them in a heat-proof firesafe or safe deposit box, preferably in a different building to your computer just in case of e.g. fire. With a few simple practices like that you shouldn't have too many problems.

I'm going to write up some documentation on how to use it for work, then I'll also post it here.

Opera is now completely free


Opera Software, the maker of the third most popular web browser these days after Internet Explorer and Firefox, has announced that they are making their web browser completely free for everyone.

Nero 7.0 is awesome!


There are a whole bunch of different programs out there for burning CDs and DVDs, my favorite over the years has been Nero Burning ROM. There's a new version (v7.0) available nd I've been trying it out for a few days, and I must admit that it is simply awesome! A common complaint of older versions was that it was difficult to use, well this version has had a whole bunch of little tweaks here and there that really improve this - little things like giving you an option of making a second copy when you burn a disc really add to the usability. Along with that are a host of new features for handling media - music, movies, etc, that will greatly round off the functionality of the program meaning you'll need less software installed on your PC to do the same tasks. If you get a chance to get it, make sure you do, it'll greatly simplify your CD & DVD burning needs.

New FTP that does everything and is free!


While browsing BetaNews I came across a program I'd not seen before, Core FTP LE. Turns out that it is a completely free FTP program that seems to do just about everything you'd need! They have a "Pro" version that has some pretty nice extra features for $35, but the basic one should do most people really well!


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