Backblaze – unlimited online backup and its problems

Who doesn’t love free backup? But nothing in this life is free. If a backup service with unlimited or large space is free, you have to wonder how do you pay for it? Ads, privacy?

The next best thing is cheap backup.

Backblaze is a backup service that allows you to backup your entire computer with all the drives connected to it for 6 US $ (besides that, you will have to pay the VAT corresponding to your country).

If you sign up for this service, pay attention where you set your upload server. If you’re from Europe and you set your upload server to US, it will take a very long time.

Here is my PROs list:

  • It’s cheap
  • Unlimited storage
  • It’s easy to use (mostly)
  • You can filter out different types of file you don’t want to backup

All of this sounds good, but are there any problems in using Backblaze? Here we go:

  • In Romania we have good speeds for internet and if you leave the upload settings as recommended, it will finish uploading in 100 years. You have to tweak the upload threads by trial and error (because I haven’t seen a good explanation on how those work exactly) until you reach a decent speed for upload.
  • Not sure why, but if you don’t update your backup at least every 6 months, the backup files will be erased. This is a big NO-NO in my head. As long as I’m paying for the service, why won’t you keep my files more than 6 months?
  • You can’t easily select what files to upload and what not. You have to add to a specific list in Settings, what you don’t want to upload.
  • You can’t select the priority of files you want to upload. From what I noticed, smaller files go first and larger files go last. That’s fine per general, but what if I need something to be backed up first?

Nevertheless, I’ve been using this service for three years now, and I’m recommending it to people, but if a service would come without those problems, I would easily switch.

Useful link – part 2

For everybody:

For developers (most of them are from Addy Osmani):

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Useful links – part 1

I figured that maybe adding a new category of useful links on my site will help some of you. So here goes:

For everybody:

  • WanderApp – Wander allows you to find travel destinations according to your budget & preferences.
  • Reedy – read faster in your browser
  • Buffer – Automatic posts for your social media, you can also schedule your posts to your desired time.
  • RescueTime – Monitor your own productivity. RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.

For developers:

  • DevDocs combines multiple API documentations in a fast, organized, and searchable interface.
  • Chrome 60 with Lighthouse integrated and with third party badges
  • Netlify – Deploy your front end code without any hassle from github or other sources. You have access to CDN, OAuth, split testing, continuous integration and more. And you can use it for FREE.

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