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bluet's avatar
1 year ago
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do you store copies of your files on other people's harddrives?

i keep a personal git and git-annex repository on rsync.net. it has most of the non-public files i care about

rsync is a bit expensive, and i'm thinking about moving my big archives to google's coldline https://cloud.google.com/storage/archival/
Carpetsmoker's avatar
1 year ago
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Carpetsmoker
Martin
I use tarsnap for backup of important stuff.

I've been looking at Google's "coldline" storage for the less important stuff, like a backup of all the music files. As far as I could find, that was the cheapest storage for this sort of stuff.
bluet's avatar
1 year ago
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bluet
i thought coldline would be the cheapest, too. but there are some conflicting numbers

http://gaul.org/object-store-comparison/

glacier is the cheapest on gaul.org, but can apparently take hours before getting the first byte

pricing on some of these services is so complicated :(

https://hubic.com/en/ looked great. i tried their free plan, but only got 10 Mb/s
phi_'s avatar
1 year ago
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phi_
... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
I routinely delete and say goodbye to my data. I try to keep a minimum around on drives. I have two external drives, however, that act as media storage for music and the rarer movies that I don't have physical copies of.

I also try to limit my online footprints as well. Minimal online accounts, none of which were created recently (say within the past 2 years or so). Don't see myself activating any new ones in the future but we'll see about that in time.

Totally irrelevant and unhelpful. My speciality. :D
lucas's avatar
4 months ago
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lucas
i ❤ demo
pretty fucking cool, though.

viva ttf, however!
phi_'s avatar
4 months ago
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phi_
... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
I started a Fb because I was so out of the loop with my family that I just gave up and got one. C'est la vie...

But this stands true, still. I route most of my traffic through Tor, unless I'm at work ... their firewall rules are crazy. I disabled every Google app on my phone and replaced everything with 3rd party, more secure apps (a lot of which get routed through Tor). It's not some crazy, high-tech, flawless system. Tor is still flawed. But it's an added layer of security and peace of mind. Also, I'm not really a target of any investigations, so it's not strictly speaking necessary. *shrug*

I pay cash more and more. I dislike the idea that every purchase I make is, for lack of a better term, a "named" purchase. It's linked inexorably to me. Thankfully where I live now, so few people have bank accounts for one reason or another that paying cash is always an option and commonplace.

Starting next month, my bank account will be for online bill pay only. Right now that is just our cell phone bill ($80); the only reason I don't pay that cash is the discount they provide for setting up auto-pay. I will store the rest in cash for the remainder of bills and expenses. I will utilize a separate savings account for surplus (ie, savings).

I've also started walking everywhere. I have a bicycle, but I enjoy the calm of the walk. It's about an hour walk to work in the morning. A little longer in the afternoon right now. The sun really slows me down at 4PM, lol. It keeps me active and I'm hoping the investment in personal/mental health pays off. Plus, I really just don't like owning a car. Or any registered vehicle, for that matter. It feels like nothing in life is every really private. I get why vehicles are registered, and I don't drive around one that isn't. I would just prefer not to use it if at all possible.

Maybe I should make a new thread about this. I'm done rambling on about nothing related to the topic at hand.