That Time of the Year

That Time of the Year

It is that time of the year. What time, you ask?  Time to back things up.  Boring, yes.  Necessary, yes.  Worth it, yes.

I back my data up all of the time, but at the end of the year I compress/zip some files and back up those zip files.  I’ve been using zip for… hmmm… probably about 30 years.  That’s kind of scary when you think about it.

Just some trivia…

In the 1980s I ran a BBS (bulletin board system) in the San Francisco Bay Area called The Eagles Nest.  It started off with a tiny 5MB hard drive.  Well, it wasn’t tiny size wise, it was a full-height 5.25″ hard drive.  It later got updated to a 20MB hard drive.  Those were big times back then.

When I added and EGA card to the BBS server I created a COLOR login screen.  Yeah… all those little “@” symbols drawing a red-white-and-blue eagle on the screen.

I was still running it when we moved to a bigger house and I started writing for the newspaper.  As a result I met some good people.  Enrico Massagli, Bruce Dean, Jeff Jones and others.  It was an exciting time in the computer industry.