Best online data backup service?

For a long time, I have been thinking of how to best backup my computer.  Having now ~1TB of the total of 3TB HD space used, I have lots of valuable images and videos to loose. So far,  external hard disks have worked out for me, but now having  already 4 different HDs with slow USB 2.0 connector, I decided to investigate option of storing all my data to the cloud rather than investing on Apple’s Time Capsule.

After reading several reviews about online backup services, e.g. reviews on toptenreviews.com and lifehacker.com, I had 2 candidates:

As a  note, I was also investigating option of using Amazon Glacier.  There are many backup clients available like

Glacier is very cheap  & secure way to store data,  Amazon guarantees average annual durability of 99.999999999% for an archive. However, it may get costly to actually restore data from the cloud, see the Cost Calculator.

I wanted to have an easy, hassle free solution, pricing of which is fixed, not variable. That’s why, I excluded Glacier.

So, my pick was CrashPlan that charged $59,99 for a 1 year unlimited subscription. Now, I am curious to follow-up, when I have the first backup ready.

It may take for a while… 😉

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Updating wordpress and plugins failed, easy fix!

I had a problem with updating my WordPress 3.5 to 3.8.1. I simply got the following error message:

Unpacking the core update

Could not copy files

Installation Failed

The problem was with the file ownerships, and the fix was found at http://codex.wordpress.org/Updating_WordPress

All of your WordPress files must be owned by the user under which your web server executes. In Ubuntu, the Apache web server user is www-data, so I simply had to run a command:

/var/www$ sudo chown -R www-data rusama.net/

And Voilá, everything started working smoothly!

Using Fugu to connect to EC2

Fugu is a Mac OS X SFTP, SCP and SSH Frontend.

As EC2 uses public key encryption with no passwords, for all SSH connections your public key PEM file has to be passed over in the connection parameters; otherwise connection is refused.

So to connect to your EC2 cloud server with FUGU, in the connect screen expand the advanced options pane, and in the Options box add the following:

-oIdentityFile=/PATH_TO_YOUR/ec2-keypair.pem

Here is a screenshot on how I connect to my personal domain rusama.net

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