Sunday, September 20, 2015

Back Up Your Computer/PC or Lose It All

Linux Back Up Software
 It does not matter whether you are using a Linux based system, Windows based system or a combination of both. That would be a multiboot operating system to get the best of both worlds. You never know when disaster will strike. It may be a virus that encrypts your hard drive or a virus that totally corrupts your operating system. You definitely need a backup system so you don't lose your data.
 Now there are a few different ways to back up your entire system or just your data. You could just copy and paste your data such as documents, music, pictures etc... to a flash drive or a external hard drive. Another option is to use a back up system such as carbonite, which is done through the cloud. Newer windows operating systems such as windows 10 has the file history back up that will run on a set schedule and back up data. If you upgraded from windows 7 to 10 the system still has the windows 7 back up program. If you went from windows 8.1 to windows 10 then you have just the file history and a manual image back up program.
 Carbonite may be a good way to go for the normal computer user and the person using their computer for business. Here is a link to the carbonite website where you can find the important information . Now there are other programs offered on the internet for backing up a system. My advise before downloading any program is use google and check to see if there are problems with the program. Generally you can find forums where there is good and bad information about a given program.  Here is a webpage for some interesting back up programs for Linux .
 There are many things that can take your system down, but remember to protect yourself. One thing I should mention is that if your motherboard goes bad and you have to replace it you most likely will not be able to re-image the entire system. The only way is if you can get the exact same motherboard. The problem is due to differences in chip-sets. I have had customers where someone neglected to explain that to the customer only to make a sale. Now you have a angry upset customer, because they were led to believe that the back up and restore would work on any windows system. Now I had to be the bearer of bad news and explain that it is best to make sure the data is backed up.
 Thank You for reading and keep your data and system safe.

Saturday, September 5, 2015



 The three BIG Names in Ham Radios these days are Icom, Kenwood and Yaesu. I have my Kenwood TS2000 and I love it. Although I do like the big boxy look of the Icoms and Yaesu Ham Radios. The only drawback is that there are so many controls I won't remember them all. If you check out you can find out whats good and what has problems. From all my reading they all seem to have some pretty good reviews. If you are looking for a used ham radio click on this link HAM RADIO TRANSCEIVERS.
  The common denominator in all these ham radios is that they are all awesome. There are some ham radios that are more of a starter radio. In other words they are not as expensive as others. Icom for example makes their IC-718, which is in the $600 dollar range and it does a good job. If you are into Yaesu then I would recommend the  FT-450D, which is in the $800 dollar range. Now if you prefer Kenwood then I would look at the TS-480SAT, which is in the $900 dollar range. Each of these radios offer some awesome features. If you have the budget then I would look at some of the more expensive ham radios such as the Kenwood TS-2000. I myself have the Kenwood TS-2000 and it is one awesome ham radio.

                             Icom IC-7600 First Time Power On

 Now when you are looking for a Ham Radio you do have a couple of choices. What I am talking about are either the NEW HAM RADIOS or the USED HAM RADIOS. There is nothing wrong with a used ham radio as long as you read the fine print and check out the reviews on the seller. That way you are protecting yourself from the possibility of a crooked seller. If you read reviews you will learn that not everything is as it would seem. Now there are other brands of Ham Radios out there such as Alinco, which make some nice radios. If you choose the used ham radio you can find many awesome older ham radios. There are alot of people or ham radio operators that like to collect older ham radio equipment and fill their ham shacks with it. If you have the money and the space I say go for it.
 Thank You for stopping by from Dan KC2YTI  73 !!!

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