[AccessD] Late Lessons from 9/11
rockysmolin2 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 21 18:06:56 CST 2022
I got a 128 from a friend who had a busines of printing on all kinds of
premiums and giveaways. Anyway, I helped him shut down his business and he
had stacks of these 128s. I tried one - very slow data transfer when
you're trying to store 10s of GBs. I didn;t think it was practical. Ecven
if you do, there's your data backed up next to the machine that's going
down in the fire. Along with your 128s.
Offsite is the only way to perfect that security.
On Fri, Jan 21, 2022 at 1:13 PM Arthur Fuller <fuller.artful at gmail.com>
> My local hardware vendor offers 128GB thumb drives dirt cheap. I'm going to
> buy one and perhaps a pair. And they are SanDisks. I have an array of thumb
> drives, reflecting their purchase date. The most ancient is a
> DataTraveller, 16GB. Next is a Lexar 64GB. Perhaps following the purchase I
> shall donate them to some worthy cause.
> On Fri, Jan 21, 2022 at 3:47 PM Peter Brawley <peter.brawley at gmail.com>
> > On Fri, 21 Jan 2022 at 13:58, Arthur Fuller <fuller.artful at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >> "The 9/11 destruction of the Twin Trade Towers caused Morgan Stanley to
> >> lose the source code of their flagship financial application written in
> >> Visual Age Smalltalk (VAST)."
> >> In the age of Cloud computing, this is not much of a problem. Surely
> >> every developer, whether an individual or a a firm as large as
> >> stores everything off-premises, on Google Drive or OneDrive or something
> >> similar.
> >> I am a one-person operation, but I manage to store everything of
> >> consequence (basically meaning code and documents of various types) on
> >> Google Drive, OneDrive and locally, on a 128GB thumb drive, so I can
> >> it between computers with no effort beyond plugging it in.
> >> Incidentally, it took a few guys a few weeks to write a decompiler for
> >> Morgan Stanley, and they managed to recover a bunch of the original
> >> but the names of variables proved more problematic.
> >> Anyway, I just wanted to state the obvious: hope for the best but plan
> >> for the worst. Keep your source code and even compiled apps in a place
> >> can get to from anywhere else. Nothing crucial should be stored locally
> >> only.
> >> To put it another way, Murphy was an optimist.
> > Right, the rule is, update remote backups at intervals shorter than the
> > quantity of data you can afford to lose. My stuff also includes a music
> > server so my number is 2-3TB, too much to pipe or even update across our
> > slow rural intertoobs here, so my last resort is a portable hard drive
> in a
> > safety deposit box.
> > p.
> >> --
> >> Arthur
> > --
> > Peter Brawley
> > www.artfulsoftware.com
> > *Where money is speech, speech isn't free.*
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