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(New Jersey 101.5)   Desperate doctoral student offers laptop thief $1,000 for return of thesis folder containing five years worth of research   (nj1015.com) divider line 267
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2013-04-24 06:02:20 PM
always back up your research!!

Watched a guy try to fight his way into a burning building to try to save his research.
 
2013-04-24 06:03:10 PM
i780.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-24 06:04:03 PM
dubsism.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-24 06:05:00 PM
Given how far storage has come down in thew last few years, I have zero sympathy for anyone who doesn't back up their $#!+ at  least once.
 
2013-04-24 06:12:41 PM
Back it up!

Witnessed the aftermath of a woman who was robbed for her backpack but she fought tooth and nail for a notebook within it.
The result was bad.
 
2013-04-24 06:24:40 PM
It's called Dropbox.  It's free.  Look into it.

/I lost twenty pages of my master's thesis in 1990.  Even THEN I felt stupid that it wasn't on multiple floppies.
 
2013-04-24 06:26:44 PM
As someone currently working on a dissertation, this gives me the shivers.  Just backed up my data twice.
 
2013-04-24 06:27:27 PM

Nezorf: Back it up!

Witnessed the aftermath of a woman who was robbed for her backpack but she fought tooth and nail for a notebook within it.
The result was bad.


Excuse me, the movies and news reports have made it very clear that the plucky lady, be she young or old, who stands up and fights a mugger/robber/whatever always wins.
 
2013-04-24 07:09:28 PM
Well, now every future employer knows how well he plans for future contingencies.
 
2013-04-24 07:24:18 PM

nmrsnr: Well, now every future employer knows how well he plans for future contingencies.


That too.  I see "20-year lab tech" in this person's future.  Maybe even "person who pours the chemicals in the vat at the plant" if they fail that hard.
 
2013-04-24 07:28:32 PM
Back up your important things. Dumbass.
 
2013-04-24 07:30:19 PM
I would have done the same 5 years into my dissertation research. Except that I kept backups of writing and source material on CD-R. Because I'm not a farking idiot.

/Gotta 1 TB backup drive @ work and a 1.5 TB backup drive @ home
 
2013-04-24 07:33:38 PM
Holy crap google is getting bad. There is a classic out there if a guy on the phone with tech support about his research. Used to find it in a few searchable words, all ads now.
 
2013-04-24 07:34:50 PM

SpikeStrip: [i780.photobucket.com image 226x223]


Is there a way we can work "Blac Vagina Finda" into the thread?

Because if that song isn't spot on in the vast majority of situations I find myself continually in, I don't know what is.
 
2013-04-24 07:41:00 PM
This link has inspired me to back up my music again. I've loaded more than 1,000 songs onto itunes since the last time.
 
2013-04-24 07:41:07 PM
If you're not smart enough to back up your research, chances are you shouldn't be doing research.
 
2013-04-24 07:42:07 PM
You do sort of wonder if this is just a modern update of "The dog ate my homework"
 
2013-04-24 07:43:58 PM
Copy on laptop, copy on flash drive, copy on desktop at work, save & send copies of drafts sent to work email.

I do really feel bad for her, though.  The good news is she gets to be a graduate student for a little bit longer.  Party on.
 
2013-04-24 07:44:16 PM
MaxxLarge: Given how far storage has come down in thew last few years, I have zero sympathy for anyone who doesn't back up their $#!+ at least once.

I'm building an external storage box in anticipation of getting a full frame camera (going from an 8 megapixel SLR to a 21 megapixel SLR).

And ... I need more damned space.

// about to put western digital back into the red

// this guy is lucky it just got stolen, vs getting dropped on train tracks and run over by a train or something. There's at least some small inkling of a chance that he could get the data back from the thief ... BUT you can't bribe a train!
 
2013-04-24 07:44:35 PM
right. i had multiple backups of all my crap and got pissed if i even lost one of them. while living in the ghetto a crack addict / meth head whatever stole one'a my cd binders of my data dvds - - he was probably wondering why 'marker group 5' etc. sounded like a bunch of noise.

/ghetto 909/951
//crack heads
///meth heads
////ugh
 
2013-04-24 07:45:12 PM
I am extremely disorganized and careless, but I always maintained at least two separate copies of any important academic work on two separate devices.

In fact, I typically had multiple copies of academic work across multiple devices because of my disorganization.
 
2013-04-24 07:45:27 PM
Wasn't this the plot of a movie awhile back?
 
2013-04-24 07:45:48 PM
I'm holding out for $5000, then I'll give it back.
 
2013-04-24 07:45:55 PM
Exactly. PhD in chemistry, preschool backup skills.

That's what happens when you grow up in the era of reliable hard drives. Unlike us old fogies who grew up listening to the grind of the motors of a 5.25" floppy (which we had 3 back ups of each).

Chunk chunk bbbbbrrrrraaaaaappppp chunk chunk brrrrrrraaaaaappppp.... the sound of backup #3 of thesis work on floppy drive. Oh well, switch to copy number 2, buy another $10 5.25" floppy and make that the new back up disk.
 
2013-04-24 07:46:21 PM
Dropbox
Github
Farking Dropbox
Skydrive
Google Docs
A TB backup drive.
Hell, if it's THAT important, AWS S3.

/Or my personal favorite, A local git repo contained in a dropbox.  Perfect backup across multiple machines coupled with local revision history so you can blow away 6 hours of fail in 3 seconds.
 
2013-04-24 07:46:34 PM
When I worked tech support for a computer company, every 'finals' season I would get at least one call, always from a young woman, whose hard drive had crashed and they lost their critical docs.  Every bloody time, they had zero backups.  Going forward, every time I talked to a parent who mentioned buying the computer for their college bound child, or to a kid in college, I told them to go out, buy a thumb drive, put it on their key chain, and keep backups of their important stuff on it.

When I actually did work at a college, most of the students I worked with had thumb drives.  The smart ones also emailed themselves their really critical docs so they'd be stored on-line.

And of course, now there's Dropbox and other cloud services.

/but wait, what if I really want to put everything important to me on one small box that can be easily stolen or destroyed?
 
2013-04-24 07:46:58 PM
Sad tag is for the fact that a doctoral student is too stupid to back up important research, I presume.
 
2013-04-24 07:47:21 PM

amquelbettamin: I'm holding out for $5000, then I'll give it back.


texdent: Wasn't this the plot of a movie awhile back?


keanu reeves in "DUDE, YOU STOLE MY DATA.".
rated D for dumb.
 
2013-04-24 07:48:04 PM

you_idiot: Exactly. PhD in chemistry, preschool backup skills.

That's what happens when you grow up in the era of reliable hard drives. Unlike us old fogies who grew up listening to the grind of the motors of a 5.25" floppy (which we had 3 back ups of each).

Chunk chunk bbbbbrrrrraaaaaappppp chunk chunk brrrrrrraaaaaappppp.... the sound of backup #3 of thesis work on floppy drive. Oh well, switch to copy number 2, buy another $10 5.25" floppy and make that the new back up disk.


I miss that sound. I have no idea why.
 
2013-04-24 07:48:30 PM

dahmers love zombie: It's called Dropbox.  It's free.  Look into it.

/I lost twenty pages of my master's thesis in 1990.  Even THEN I felt stupid that it wasn't on multiple floppies.


Cloud storage is obviously better than nothing, but if you're backing up five years worth of data it's really not sufficient. These services don't guarantee that your data is going to stick around, nor is there protection if you lose your password or accidentally delete the data. What do you think happens if you have a local folder synced to Dropbox and the contents of that folder are deleted or corrupted?

If I had five years of my life in data, I would do 2 out of 3 of these at a minimum:
1. Backup on a DVD stored in a safe place.
2. Backup on a hard drive or flash drive stored in a different safe place.
3. Backup on a server with an account you don't use for anything else.

Refresh each of these regularly.
 
2013-04-24 07:48:37 PM

He didn't have a backup of his five year thesis? I have backup of all my files, including the porn.


imageshack.us

 
2013-04-24 07:49:16 PM
into the red

Err, into the black.

// brainfart since I'm looking at WD Red drives :P
 
2013-04-24 07:49:46 PM
You spend 5 years doing the shiat and not back it up? You're not worthy of a PhD in Social Science.
 
2013-04-24 07:50:04 PM

Nezorf: Back it up!

Witnessed the aftermath of a woman who was robbed for her backpack but she fought tooth and nail for a notebook within it.
The result was bad.


Witnessed it? Did you mabey think of helping out? Atleast calling the cops? What did you do point and laugh?
 
2013-04-24 07:50:38 PM
Always have at least two copies, on different computers. And one hard copy, even if it's not current.

This is very sad; but also very very avoidable. I made the mistake once of erasing everything off a flash drive that--gulp!--had the only copy (I thought) of an article I wrote for my law journal; but it was still in existence on an old hard drive I still had. I never ever delete anything anymore unless I have a hard copy.
 
2013-04-24 07:51:05 PM
Use a USB drive....they're cheap and easy to carry.

....or copy your stuff onto Google Drive. The first 5gb is free, 30gb is about $3/month, 100gb is about $5/month.

...or use Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, etc, etc to store your stuff. Your PC or tablet just isn't good enough anymore.
 
2013-04-24 07:51:15 PM
I submitted this with a better headline, but it had the [DUMBASS] tag.

/also, isn't the fact that she's still working on her doctorate 5 yrs in a sign that she's not the sharpest knife in the drawer
 
2013-04-24 07:51:50 PM
I'm gonna call shenanigans.  This dude hasn't been working on his thesis, and found a great(retarded) excuse for why he doesn't have it done.

/no backups? really?
//really!?
 
2013-04-24 07:52:27 PM
Let's see...stress...anxiety...plus $1,000.

And Dropbox is...free.

As in "no money at all."

Zero dollars.

So, getting a doctorate, huh? Or, maybe getting a doctorate, if you can locate your irreplaceable research.

You must be pretty smart.
 
2013-04-24 07:53:05 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: always back up your research!!

Watched a guy try to fight his way into a burning building to try to save his research.


my school offers a cloud account to all students... NO excuse to not back up your shiat!
 
2013-04-24 07:54:33 PM
Not exactly PhD material.

/Sadly, a lot of PhDs aren't.
//Says the snarky physics student.
 
2013-04-24 07:54:37 PM
I hope he gets it back.
 
2013-04-24 07:54:38 PM
I back my stuff up on 4 separate drives. Plus all the important info is also on dropbox, other cloud solutions. Not hard these days. Hope they get back their laptop.
 
2013-04-24 07:55:20 PM
And he'll pay the reward any way the thief desires.
 
2013-04-24 07:55:50 PM

teenage mutant ninja rapist: Nezorf: Back it up!

Witnessed the aftermath of a woman who was robbed for her backpack but she fought tooth and nail for a notebook within it.
The result was bad.

Witnessed it? Did you mabey think of helping out? Atleast calling the cops? What did you do point and laugh?


Well, if he had a functioning time machine so that while he was "witness[ing] the aftermath" (kinda means that he was there... after...) he coulda done something to prevent it, I think I'd rather he use it to go stop something more important.

Like KFC introducing that abomination of a sandwich.
 
2013-04-24 07:56:10 PM

Red Shirt Blues: you_idiot: Exactly. PhD in chemistry, preschool backup skills.

That's what happens when you grow up in the era of reliable hard drives. Unlike us old fogies who grew up listening to the grind of the motors of a 5.25" floppy (which we had 3 back ups of each).

Chunk chunk bbbbbrrrrraaaaaappppp chunk chunk brrrrrrraaaaaappppp.... the sound of backup #3 of thesis work on floppy drive. Oh well, switch to copy number 2, buy another $10 5.25" floppy and make that the new back up disk.

I miss that sound. I have no idea why.


Then my friend, feast yourself upon the joy that is 'floppy music', here's an article with 8 hilarious ones:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-floppy-disk-drive-music-videos/

The main theme kicking in for 'what is love' causes LOL.
 
2013-04-24 07:56:20 PM
A few years back when I built this machine, I thought I had tons of space.

lordargent.com

But nope

lordargent.com
// I've done some repartitioning as well, but the takeaway is, look at how much longer the bars are in general.
 
2013-04-24 07:56:21 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: always back up your research!!

Watched a guy try to fight his way into a burning building to try to save his research.


At Michigan, long before computers, the economics department burned down.  They had to call in extra cops from Ypsilanti to help deal with the grad students and professors trying to swarm into the building for their papers.  Apparently the first thing the the department did after it rebuilt itself was buy a mimeograph machine and set up a system for having copies of your work stored elsewhere.
 
2013-04-24 07:57:01 PM
A dullard who isn't smart enough to back up their hard drive.

Dumbfark.

You can't fix stupid
 
2013-04-24 07:57:45 PM
I got bailed out once before I was a regular backup person. I sent in my comps exam (which for us was a full NIH grant proposal and presentation) and then went to a conference. We were using the computer against the desk/bed back and forth and it ended up getting over heated and ruined a fair number of files. I was lucky that my committee had the emails and could send them back to me. I lost the articles but could find them again using my ref page.
 
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