Geek Squeaks (#2015-42) FEATURING — An Easy To Use Backup Program — and MORE GREAT STUFF

An Easy To Use Backup Program – Nearly every home based computer user that I have encountered do not backup their personal files. Most of what files people have stored on their computers they feel are files that are unimportant; until the moment comes that they lose those files. An example being, many people store family pictures on their computers. At the moment they may seem unimportant; however, when the computer fails (and it will), all of the sudden you realize that you lost precious memories. If you fall into this category, which most likely you do, please take the time to purchase an external hard drive (click here) and establish a backup plan. Finding an external hard drive and connecting it is the easy part. Finding a software solution is another matter. To help you along, a software solution that I use is called

To help you along, a software solution that I use is called Bvckup 2. If you visit the site you will see that it is software that you have to buy; however, to get around that option, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page where the download button is located, you will see “Looking for the last beta?”.  If you click on that link you can download the last beta version of Bvckup, which is FREE. By trying out the beta, you may be encouraged to purchase the software; however, I have found the beta’s of BVCkup 2 to work perfectly fine for our purposes. Bvckup 2 is easy to use (and learn) and it does not compress, encrypt or FTP files. It’s not a two-way sync nor is it a full system backup software. It simply makes a copy of your personal files from your computer to a designated location on the external hard drive; AND, the best part (by default), Bvckup will automatically perform these backups for you in real-time.

Bvckup 2

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Turn Your Android Smartphone Into A Digital Bubble Level – Our smartphones have many other purposes other than making calls and texting. For example, did you know you can turn your smartphone into a bubble level that comes in handy when you need to make sure a picture is hung straight on the wall, or a length of lumber is level, etc… If you search the Google Play store you will many bubble level apps available. The one that I settled for is an app developed by a company who actually makes levels, called Rigid. The app that they have developed is called Rigid Digital Bubble Level. This app features a calibration mode that will allow you to use this app in three views: Bubble View (the standard bubble level you’re used to); Horizon View (a horizon line that twists as you rotate. Enable the camera feature in this view to level things from afar.); and, Flat View (placing the phone on a surface activates this view where an optional beep can indicate how level the surface is without needing to look at the screen.)…

Rigid Digital Bubble Level

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A Gizmodo Field Guide To 9 Google Now Voice Commands to Take Control of Your Smartphone – I am sure, if you own a Google based Android phone, you have used the “ok Google” feature where you speak to your phone by saying “ok google” and then tell (speak to) the Google Now Assistant to perform searches, etc… I am still trying to get used to this, but when I do use it I am really amazed of the accuracy and the results. Along with performing searches there are other commands you can give. Gizmodo has put together a nice field guide to “9 Google Now Voice Commands To Take Control Of Your Smartphone” that you need to learn. Commands such as turning your wi-fi on/off; the flashlight on/off; read text messages; etc…

9 Google Now Voice Commands
To Take Control Of Your Smartphone

9 Google Now Voice Commands to Take Control of Your Smartphone

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verykool Sleek, Contemporary Unlocked GSM Phones – I was focused on smartphones when I visited Amazon and what I came across is a smartphone brand that I have never heard of (called verykool). What caught my eye and made me look more than twice was the unbelievable super low pricing. Based on the low number of customer reviews (which, by the way are high ratings), verykool must be a newcomer at Amazon. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this smartphone brand that just may change the whole landscape of things when it comes to smartphones.

 verykool

verykool

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2 Responses to Geek Squeaks (#2015-42) FEATURING — An Easy To Use Backup Program — and MORE GREAT STUFF

  1. I would not be comfortable using a beta for something as important as a backup program. I use the free version of the EaseUS backup programs, which is entirely adequate for most purposes – including full system backup, which will protect you from a hard drive failure. It is not beta, and full release versions have been available for years. It also includes capabilities for automatic backup of selected personal files. I have successfully exploited its full system recovery to a blank hard drive on a Windows 8.1 system with UEFI (tougher than normal BIOS). (One downside for EaseUS: You have to give them an email address, and they will nag you forever to upgrade. (I have a special email address I use for things which I expect to result in junk mail.) They even installed a nagger in the notification area which I was able to disable.)

    For really important files, I would advise not to keep your backup in your own home. You can use a free archive program (e.g., very good 7-zip) to create an archive (which you can securely encrypt) of all the files you can least afford to lose and upload that to cloud storage at one or more of Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud, etc. All those services will give you enough free storage for all practical purposes. At Google, it’s 15GB. With your important stuff stored in the cloud, you can survive your house burning down or any other such disaster.

    • Ramblinrick says:

      David,

      Agree on all accounts; however, point of the article is to encourage people to do backups in the first place. I worked in IT; and, trust me, I understand the importance of backup strategies and security of those backups. What I have noticed on nearly every account is that home based computer users fail to have any backup strategy at all and do not understand the concept of it. The beta of Bvckup 2, I can attest to be a reliable piece of software for home based computing and have never lost a file with it. It is very easy to use and straightforward. Also, when storing sensitive files online, I strongly agree with the encryption strategy…

      Thanks for commenting…

      Rick

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