<![CDATA[Rebit Blog]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:14:12 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[3 Reasons Cloud Backup Makes Sense for Your Business]]> Thu, 24 May 2012 14:52:01 +0000 Disasters happen. Take, for example, the case of a law firm in South Carolina. When hurricane Irene took the Eastern seaboard by storm, some regions were without power for 2 weeks. Had the firm utilized an online backup service, they could have visited an alternate location to power up laptops and pull down recent copies of active cases to continue their work. Instead, 2 weeks passed with no productivity.

Cloud backup, also known as online backup, covers you in 3 ways. First, site disasters and even power failures are easily managed by making valuable files accessible from any location. With your data files stored in an offsite location many miles away, you can be assured that your data is protected from a natural disaster.

Second, with proper security in place, backing up your data files to an online backup service is safe and as convenient as entering a password. By making use of a highly reliable data center (Rebit Pro uses Amazon S3) your data will be available when needed. Wireless backup and remote backup are also safe when secure encryption methods are in use, as is the case with Rebit Pro.

Finally, automatic backup ensures your important files are backed up without thinking about them. A good backup system remembers to back up your data even when you don’t. While some services offer sophisticated features for sharing and synchronizing files, others, including Rebit Pro, make online backup a breeze. For more information and a free trial download, visit the Rebit Pro product page.

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<![CDATA[6 Frequent Mistakes with Windows Backup]]> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 08:53:22 +0000 Six of the most frequent, detrimental, and easily avoidable mistakes when backing up in Windows are...

  1. Not backing up at all
  2. Setting a time for scheduled backup when the computer is asleep
  3. No backup storage device available or not enough space available
  4. No cloud backup
  5. Failing to select all important files for backup (e.g. Outlook.pst, iPhone backup files)
  6. Open files may not be copied

Avoid these common mistakes by selecting an easy to use backup system that utilizes continuous data backup that copies new files and changes without a schedule throughout the day, provides backup storage management so that backup storage is never full, and alerts for issues that prevent backup such as no backup storage connected.

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<![CDATA[Rebit Awarded New Patent for Novel Backup Technology]]> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:32:38 +0000 The patent (for a "System for automatically recovering a computer memory using shadowed data and file directory structures") is directly related to the Rebit technology for storing data in a novel way. The result enables a point-in-time restore of the computer system disk drive. Each full image of a system hard drive is a heavy operation and consumes the computer resources during that operation. Typically, this operation would be performed on a regular basis, say weekly or monthly. The Rebit technology allows for an initial backup and then a light-duty operation each day to obtain the same results as a full image, thus reducing the toll on system resources.

In addition, each file is tracked and backed up such that multiple copies of the same file are available to the user through Rebit restore, whether simply a file restore or an entire system drive restore. In essence, even though Rebit is the easiest and simplest backup technology to use, it is both intelligent and complex under the hood.

 

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<![CDATA[New Leopard Frog Species, New York Commuters, and Continuous Backup]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:31:18 +0000 In a recent New York Times article Lisa Foderaro reported that a new species of leopard frog, whose entire known range is roughly within commuting distance of Midtown Manhattan. Some found this very surprising, considering the current challenges of commuting into New York City.

Jeremy A. Feinberg discovered this frog, he is a doctoral candidate in ecology and evolution at Rutgers University. Feinberg heard something strange as he listened for the distinctive mating call of the southern leopard frog, and hearing a single cluck, as opposed to a repetitive cluck, identified this new speicies. So far, Mr. Feinberg has positively identified the new species. He identified them on Staten Island, although he says it probably once inhabited Manhattan and the other boroughs. He has found specimens in the Meadowlands and the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey, and Putnam and Orange Counties in New York.

Rumor has it, however, that at least one of these leopard frogs spotted an ad for Rebit and was immediately taken by the very attractive Rebit Frog Logo. It then purportedly stowed away on a JFK based flight for Denver, eventually arriving in Longmont Colorado. Longmont just happens to be the headquarters of Rebit, provider of ridiculously simple backup software, and new hybrid backup solutions (integrated local and cloud backup).

Local residents hope this migration will result in the proliferation of a new, backup savvy, leopard frog species in Colorado. Click here for more information on Rebit's ridiculously simple solutions.

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<![CDATA[Top Data Backup & Data Recovery Blogs]]> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:29:24 +0000 Over the last few months we've covered myriad ways to backup and protect the important data stored on your computer - from manual backup and automatic backup to continuous backup and cloud backup integration. Understanding the different methods of backup technology will enable users to make dramatically more well-informed decisions in the effort to protect data. Now it's time to share some of the most popular blogs over the last few months.

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<![CDATA[Full System Backup & Data Protection]]> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 08:28:23 +0000 When it comes to backup applications, not all are created equal. File backup, the most popular, falls short of protecting applications and settings, as well as the operating system. Image backup applications, while comprehensive, require most of the computer resources during the backup and are typically run on a schedule outside normal working hours. Access to the individual files requires processing a large archive and takes time.

Full System Protection is a unique blend of disk imaging and file backups that yields an efficient set of backup data that is capable of restoring the system hard drive to the bootable state it was in on a previous day. By capturing all the important data from the hard disk drive, complete restoration of the disk drive in the event of an all-out failure is made possible. This process of restoration is refered to as Full System Recovery and is made possible by storing an image (byte-for-byte copy) of the file table and other low-level information like the partition table and master boot record.

By utilizing the Volume Shadow Copy Service in Windows, complete access to a consistent and static view of the disk drive is made possible. The relatively small amount of hard disk drive information captured, also referred to as a Recovery Point, can be stored daily or even multiple times per day very efficiently. Thus, the backup process takes place transparently, permitting normal computing and backups to occur throughout the day.

In addition to backing up the information needed for hard disk recovery, files are backed up in a more efficient manner than other backup methods. By storing the files as data objects instead of folders and files in the backup storage, a catalogue of file names and other attributes is available for quick reference. While the process of cataloguing and copying all the files during backup takes time, the easy, instant access to backup files more than compensates.

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<![CDATA[Rebit Interviewed on Computer America Radio - Listen]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:19:38 +0000 Listen to Rebit's Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Dan Oister, 40-minute interview on the Computer America Radio.

Listen to the interview

In this radio broadcast recorded Friday, February 24, 2012 the Computer America hosts, Craig Crossman and Ben Crossman, interview Dan Oister regarding Rebit, the Rebit Pro backup software, and the advantages of hybrid backup.

Computer AmericaFor this and other recorded computer technology broadcasts, visit http://computeramerica.com/ and find additional information about the America's longest running radio national radio talk show on computers.

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<![CDATA[Backup Plans - Natural & Technological]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 06:37:45 +0000 The Golden Poison Frog can be found on the Pacific coast of Colombia, enjoying the tranquility of the rainforest with plentiful rain, high temperatures, and high relative humidity of 80–90%. In the wild, the Golden Poison Frog is a social animal. It lives in groups of up to six individuals, and can count on this community to help warn it of imminent threats.

However, in the event this community of frogs are not privy to the rapid onset of danger, the Golden Poison Frog has a backup plan for unexpected attacks. Golden Poison Frogs, though small in stature, are lethally toxic. Like most other poisonous frogs, it stores poison in skin glands. Due to this poison, the frogs are utterly unpalatable to predators. Most predators note this toxicity from the frog's bright colors, or perhaps they can automatically smell or sense the Batrachotoxin this frog uses to dissuade anyone from interrupting its day. Regardless, it's a great backup plan to ensure its safety.

The Golden Poison Frog has a clear and comprehensive backup plan. And if a small yellow frog in the rainforest has a backup plan - so should you! Rebit continuous back software with cloud backup can provide the layers of backup nexessary to protect your important data, whether you live in a rain forest or not.

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<![CDATA[Backup Resources]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 06:06:26 +0000 Data backup and recovery technologies can seem complicated, even daunting at times. But when you get down to it, backing up your data is really like most other tasks or hurdles - break it down into simple questions, and look up the answers. In this spirit, Rebit is here to help with the Rebit Backup Resource Center - articles, manuals, blogs, and white papers to make things simple and prevent you from losing your data (and your cool). Check it out - and if your question doesn't seem to be answered, just ask!

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<![CDATA[Data Backup and a Minefield of Choices]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 07:09:57 +0000 The more choices we make, and the more things we have to remember, the more likely we are to make a mistake. The process of software installation is a good example. Software installations frequently present us with a multi-step wizard to aid in making choices easier. But if the choices presented are confusing or unfamiliar, the results may fall short of the intended result. Typically, choices about files types and folders, referred to as a backup set, are required to set up backup applications.

 

A backup set is a common term in Windows backup, but it is not well understood by computer users. The default setting in these backup software applications may or may not copy all the desired data files, such as the iPhone backup file or the Outlook.pst file. It gets even worse if you consider that a newly installed application may use a different file extension or folder location. Determining whether Email is backed up is a chore, but one well worth the effort. The same is true for financial records, which may or may not be stored in a regular location.

A common fallacy is the assumption that all meaningful data is located in the “Documents” folder (or the “My Documents” folder in Windows XP). Consider the default file locations for these applications in Windows XP:

  • Microsoft Outlook data file – C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst
  • Microsoft Mail data file – C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\<lengthy number>\Microsoft\Outlook Express\Inbox.dbx
  • Quickbooks company data file – C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Shared Documents\Intuit\QuickBooks\Company Files\ABC Company\ABC Company.qbw
  • iPhone backup data file – C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Apple Computer\SyncServices\Local

The safest approach is to back up everything. Not only does this ensure all current data files are protected, but also future data files that might otherwise be left out of the backup. In addition, full system backup protects applications and the operating system files. Consider the time involved in reloading the operating system and applications from CD-ROM, and full system protection becomes more valuable.

While backing up everything does require a larger hard disk drive or other form of data storage, the cost of hard disk drives continues to drop. The peace of mind from knowing valuable data files are stored in duplicate can more than offset the cost of a disk drive. And, best of all, the lack of choices about what files to back up lets you rest easy knowing that everything on your Windows computer is safe.

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