Backing Up Your Stuff Part 3: Software

Written by Richard Lowe

All right, now you need to consider what software you will use to back up your data.

Do it by hand - One possible method (which will not work if you are using a tape drive) is to simply copy files to your backup media by hand. This does have some advantages:

- It does not cost anything. And after spendingrepparttar money to buy some backup hardware this may berepparttar 132116 best solution.

- It's very easy. Just drag and drop (assuming you are not using a tape drive).

The disadvantages are numerous:

- You must be present to dorepparttar 132117 backup. However, you could just drag and drop before going to bed.

- Since it requires you to actually performrepparttar 132118 backup yourself, you may have a greater tendency to allow backups to slip.

- Your system will be very busy whilerepparttar 132119 backup is being performed, since it is done "inrepparttar 132120 foreground".

Second Copy - Possiblyrepparttar 132121 best all-around product that I've found for simple backup operations is called Second Copy (this is not an affiliate link - this is an honest recommendation and we will not make any money if you purchaserepparttar 132122 product). Second Copy is inexpensive (less than thirty dollars for a one user license) and extremely simple to use.

The program sits in your system tray whenever you are logged in. You create profiles (this is very easy) which specify which files to back up, where you want them to go and when you wantrepparttar 132123 backup to occur. The entire process of setting up a profile generally requires a couple of minutes.

What I've done on my own system is create a series of profiles to back up different things.

- I created one profile to back up my Outlook stationary. This is not set to go at any particular time - I must manually start it up when I want this directly backed up. This is because I have setrepparttar 132124 output to my writeable CD unit, so I only want it to run when I haverepparttar 132125 proper CD inserted.

Backing Up Your Stuff Part 6: Where Is It #2?

Written by Richard Lowe

Paint Shop Pro In my humble opinion, Paint Shop Pro is one ofrepparttar best bargains available onrepparttar 132115 internet. This inexpensive (less than $100) shareware program provides most ofrepparttar 132116 functions ofrepparttar 132117 far more expensive Adobe Photoshop with a better interface and quicker performance.

Paint Shop Pro version 7 has many different features with many different files. The locations of each ofrepparttar 132118 files are explained below. Note that Paint Shop Pro is almost unique in that you can define up to three different locations for each of these features. This is most cool.

Tubes - A picture tube is a way to create repeating graphics with different images. For example, you could create a tube of 20 different butterflies. Each time you clickedrepparttar 132119 tube you would get a random butterfly image added to your graphic. You can create your own tubes and you can download tubes fromrepparttar 132120 internet. They are stored, by default, inrepparttar 132121 following location.

C:Program FilesJasc Software IncPaint Shop Pro 7Tubes

Patterns - A pattern is an image which is used to create strokes or fills. By default, patterns are stored here.

C:Program FilesJasc Software IncPaint Shop Pro 7Patterns

Textures - A texture definesrepparttar 132122 three dimensional characteristics of a two-dimensional graphics. For example, you could define a crumpled piece of paper or a stucco surface. Textures are stored here:

C:Program FilesJasc Software IncPaint Shop Pro 7Textures

Gradients - A gradient definesrepparttar 132123 degree of changes in colors. They are stored in this location by default:

C:Program FilesJasc Software IncPaint Shop Pro 7Gradients

Brushes - These allow you to define brush tips. They are stored in this location by default.

C:Program FilesJasc Software IncPaint Shop Pro 7Brushes

Frames - Picture frames are fancy borders that you can add to images. They are stashed inrepparttar 132124 following location by default.

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