Net Xpress: Take time to back up your files

you'll be glad you did

February 29, 2004|SHEILA J. CLARK

Backing up your important data on a regular basis is an absolute must. Don't limit the backup to just one form of media; use at least a couple of different types to have your bases covered when disaster comes knocking.

A simple task such as moving data from an old drive to a new one could end up a pure nightmare. A boo-boo can make your precious data inaccessible, putting you at square one - a total reinstall of all of your software - but without your personal files.

The best backup is one that is done regularly. Develop a regular schedule for backing up your important files and try to stick to it. You will thank yourself for not having to start from scratch should an unforeseen data disaster occur.

Keep your backup disks in a safe but handy spot, and occasionally check the condition of the files. Think of a backup as an insurance policy. It may cost you a little time to get the job done, but in the end, it's definitely worth the investment because your data will be safe.



In last week's column, I had a little blurb about Apple's new iPod. I made an editing oops and inadvertently deleted part of a sentence. I have such great readers out there and a couple took the time to write in so I could make this clarification.

The new iPod mini is available only with the 4GB hard drive. Earlier versions of iPods come with 15GB, 20GB or 40GB hard disk drive capacities. The iPod plays not only MP3, but the audio format of choice is Advanced Audio Coding (ACC), which is an MP4 audio file format. It also plays MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF (Mac) and WAVfiles.

Black History Month sites to see

* Yahooligans' Black History Month is a portal with one-click access to Black History Month sites, links to information on important figures in the culture, news stories, links to the civil rights movement and various online resources related to African-American History.

* has a site that features an Internet African-American History Challenge. It is an interactive site designed to help you test your knowledge of black history. It also includes some profiles on about a dozen important African-American figures in the 19th century.

* Negro Leagues Baseball Museum keeps the history of African-American baseball leagues alive. The site gives history on the leagues, offers a store where fans can purchase memorabilia, features links to related online resources and more.

* The Librarians' Index to the Internet's special section dedicated to the African-American Experience is full of links to more than 30 different topics of great online resources devoted to African-Americans.

MSN Live online events

March 4: Actress Hunter Tylo chats at 7 p.m.

Net buzzz

Netscape now is offering low-cost Internet access. The new service, called Netscape Internet Service, provides unlimited Internet access and one e-mail account for only $9.95 a month. Software for the service is a small two-minute download.

E-mail is Web-based and online help is available for free. Phone support is charged at $10 per call. The service can be paid with any major credit card or Visa and Mastercard debit cards, with an additional handling fee for the debit cards. The service is only available for Windows users running Windows 98/ME/2000 or XP. Learn more or sign up at

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