W- upgraded our file server to a RAID-1 configuration (mirroring without parity or striping) using two 1.8-terabyte disks. Now we can back up and reorganize our files, and set up regular backup routines too. It’s a good time to think about what I want from archives and how I can organize them to improve retrieval and serendipity.
What would a good archive be like?
[X]HTML and images of my blog, so that I can browse it and recover even if I mess up my database or my images
[X]Database backup of my blog, so that I can restore it more easily – test by setting up virtual host
[X]Backup of my whole website
[X]Backup of my personal files (organizer.org, outline.org, ledger, etc.)
[X]Photos, sketches, and book notes, organized so that I can browse/search by keywords and other criteria, maybe get statistics
[ ]Backup of Twitter/Facebook activity, perhaps using ThinkUp
[ ]Database of books I’ve checked out from the library: title, author, ID, start date, end date, and maybe any notes I have (possible link to Goodreads if I can get that working?)
What would good workflows look like?
What do I want to access from my laptop while I’m at home?
What do I want to be able to access offline or away from home?
Hmm, might be worth saving up for a larger hard disk drive for my laptop, too…
How do you get more value out of your archives?