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Alan Bland
Digital artist, computer scientist, technology geek
Digital artist, computer scientist, technology geek


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And so it begins. I've settled on Arq Backup as my single backup solution for both local and cloud backups, to replace Crashplan. After several weeks of evaluation, I purchased two licenses for Arq, one for me and one for Michelle.

My local Arq backups have been in place for a few days, backing up every hour. For the time being Crashplan is also backing up locally. Once I get a chance to setup Arq at Michelle's place I'll remove Crashplan from my server and delete the Crashplan backup files.

I spent some time studying the various cloud storage back ends that Arq can use, and decided to go with Backblaze B2 (not to be confused with Backblaze Backup). I signed up with B2 about an hour ago and started the marathon upload of my data to B2. With the amount of data I have to backup and my ~800 Kbps max upload speed, I anticipate it to complete around the beginning of Summer 2018. Crashplan will also be backing up to its cloud during the transition. Once the B2 backup is complete I can eliminate Crashplan for good.

I like the simplicity of using the same software for all my backups, and having backups be completely automatic. That was one of Crashplan's major advantages over its competitors, and was a major reason I went with Arq.

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This is one reason why I don't use HP products any more. Since switching away from HP printers and scanners I've been perfectly happy with my Brother printer and my Canon scanner. Even though I always bought HP ink when I had HP printers, I disagree with forcing customers to buy a single brand of ink.

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PSA: If you're on Windows and thinking of switching from Crashplan to Backblaze for your backups, note that Backblaze does not support backing up of open files. In more technical terms, it does not support the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).

What this means in plain speak for us photographers is that Backblaze cannot backup your Lightroom catalog while Lightroom is running. If you're in the habit of leaving Lightroom running for days at a time, you'd better change that habit if you decide to use Backblaze. You might also run into problems backing up various other files, but Lightroom's catalog is the biggie.

I am in process of switching to Arq Backup. I've been trialing it for a few weeks and just purchased a license today (actually two licenses, one for me and one for Michelle). Arq supports VSS and I've verified it backs up the Lightroom catalog while Lightroom is running. I now have Arq handling my local backups. Once I get it set up on Michelle's computer, I can remove Crashplan from my backup server and free up a couple of terabytes of space.

Now that I've got Arq fully in place for my local backups I'll start to transition my cloud backups to use Arq. The main thing holding me back is deciding on which cloud data service to use. I'm leaning toward either Backblaze B2 or Google Nearline, or possibly even Google Coldline. Still need to wrap my head around the complex pricing schemes.

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For Round 20 of the scavenger hunt I created seven images that together told a story. Here they are, in sequence.
7 Photos - View album

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Backing Up After the Demise of Crashplan for Home

I used to recommend Crashplan for Home to everyone who needed to back up their files. Crashplan could back up to local drives, other computers, and the cloud. It was free if you didn’t use the cloud. It worked on Windows, Mac and Linux. Their cloud…

I've been researching and trialing a bunch of local and cloud backup solutions to replace my use of Crashplan for Home.

Every time I see the phrase "Military-grade Encryption" I think "Your data can be accessed only by You and the NSA"

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My favorite images to create are those that tell a story. Even more fun and challenging is to create a multi-image series that together tell a story. And to do it in the context of a photography challenge where each image must conform to a specific word?…

Do you have a Wordpress web site? Do you use LetsEncrypt for SSL?

I'm looking for first hand experience from anyone using LetsEncrypt and Certbot to implement SSL security on their Wordpress web site. I have several domains built with Wordpress and I would like to secure them with SSL. My current hosting provider does not support LetsEncrypt. My annual contract is up soon so it's time to make a change.

If you use LetsEncrypt with Wordpress, what web host do you use? Are you happy with them? Are you happy with LetsEncrypt? Any gotchas? Is the 90 day recertifaction a big hassle? Any hidden costs?

If I were to stay with my current web host and add SSL to my sites, I would have to pay for static IP addresses for each of my domains, pay for separate certificates for each of them, pay a configuration fee for each domain for them to do the server side magic configuration to make it work, and possibly more that I haven't discovered.

Thanks in advance!

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Ars Technica offers their recommendation for replacing Crashplan.

tl;dr Backblaze

I agree it's probably the next best solution for someone who wants unlimited cloud backup at a low price point. It doesn't help those of us on Windows who were also using Crashplan for local backups. I'm concentrating my efforts on getting a robust local backup procedure in place for now. Cloud will follow.

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My Search for a New Backup Solution

As you probably already know, my preferred backup solution, Crashplan for Home, is being discontinued. The service itself goes away October 22, 2018, although for individual users you have until 60 days after your current subscription expires to find a…
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