I’d never actually heard of Free-Backup.info until I went searching for backup-related podcasts, but they’ve been publishing backup tips online for a while now.
Their most popular articles include:
A Brief Overview of Making Backup Copies of Your Sega Dreamcast Games (100%)»
Computer Forensic: Seizing the Evidence (100%)»
Do’s and Don’ts in Data Recovery (100%)»
File Recovery Using DOS Undelete (100%)»
How to Easily Backup Personal Files on Microsoft Windows XP (100%)»
The Ideal Network Backup Software (95%)»
Backup Your Network Computer (93%)»
Bid Goodbye to Disaster Recovery with Real Time Remote File Mirror (93%)»
Data Recovery and Importance of Disk Images (93%)»
Do-It-Yourself Diagnostic Tips for Hard Drive Recovery (93%)»
All of these are worthwhile topics, but the really remarkable thing is that all of these articles are available in audio format, and you can subscribe to them in your podcatcher. I downloaded half a dozen yesterday and listened to them.
It’s an interesting experience, because the articles are not read by human beings but by a text-to-voice program called TextAloud. The synthesized voices are clear enough, but they don’t sound quite natural, and occasionally they mispronounce words, particularly acronyms, taking “USB” as if it were a word, but saying “Cee Dee Ar Double-U Ess” for “CDRWs.” I prefer my podcasts lively and human. Converting a file via TextAloud is much faster than reading it into a microphone, though, and one can get used to computerized voices over time.
The site itself focuses on freeware backup and recovery solutions, and lists some products I’d never heard of and will have to check out. I’m not sure I’ll keep listening to the podcast, but I’ll definitely subscribe to the newsfeed.
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