Then again, I work to raise awareness about backups every week, not just one month out of the year. If you only backed up for one month out of the year, your backups wouldn’t be very helpful during the other 11 months.
But hey, let’s enjoy it while we have it. Maxtor is trying to make Backup Awareness Month entertaining. Go to www.backupawareness.com, click on your location/language, and play the save-the-data superhero video game. (I am not making this up.) How this will improve your actual backup practices, I’m not sure.
There’s nothing wrong with their list of best practices, though there’s nothing new in it, either. And “back up everything,” while it can be a good idea, is definitely a self-serving policy for a hard-drive manufacturer.
Maxtor is sponsoring a drive-a-day giveaway. In exchange for all your contact information, you get a chance to win a One Touch III Mini Edition (that’s the 2.5” external drive) every day for the month of June. (Hurry–there’s not much time left.)
Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has an entertaining article in the Mac Observer about the Backup Awareness promo package he got. You could subtitle it “I was hoping for a new hard drive, but all I got was this lousy T-shirt.” Gosh, Bob. They didn’t even send me a T-shirt. Not that I wear T-shirts, but I’d’ve liked to see the “How much stuff can I store” calculator.
You can also listen to “Dr. Mac” discussing Mac backups and the peculiarities of Dantz Retrospect on the Mac Geek Gab podcast (free MP3 download). Then you can read Dr. Mac’s Guide to Backing Up Your Mac online or pay $3.99 for the PDF version.
Windows users won’t be too excited about that prospect, but remember, the Mac-using readers have to read a lot of articles about Windows-only backup software.
How will you celebrate Backup Awareness Month?