Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Oops, sorry!

It's been over a year since the last "Database Deadpool" article was posted here: We Don't Need No Steenking Backup!

Maybe the situation's getting better, or maybe not... not when it's Google:

Google Gmail Snafu Lesson: Backup, Backup, Backup

Gmail is hard at work restoring service to about 40,000 Gmail users after a software bug deleted their e-mail messages, folders, labels and filters.


However, it's not just Gmail and other Webmail services that are the problem; we're increasingly using cloud-based tools for work and communication such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Docs, Microsoft Office Live, Tumblr, Wordpress, Blogger, Posterous, Flickr, Picasa, and on and on.

But that doesn't mean you should forego a solid back-up plan for all your online data. If the worst ever does happen, and a free Web service dumps your stuff permanently, the only response you can reasonably expect from these companies is: "oops, sorry."

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