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The Institute for Backup Trauma

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the diet-soda-cans-as-martha-stewart-accessories dept.

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fief writes "John Cleese explains why tape based backup solutions will drive a manager insane in a viral marketing bit for Live Vault. (flash required) Produced by the Captains of Industry. Links provided via AdRants" Barely an ad, mostly just hilarious. Also contains Michael Dorn. Use as directed.

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Mentioned in the LangaList (2, Informative)

Ciaran_H (579351) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332863)

I saw this when it was mentioned on the LangaList [langa.com] a few weeks ago. Very funny, in my opinion, and it's good to see that this company doesn't take itself *too* seriously.

It's probably safe to say I'll remember them, so from a marketing point of view it would be a success.

Re:Mentioned in the LangaList (1, Insightful)

daviddennis (10926) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333139)

I'm guessing that I'll be more likely to remember the Institute for Backup Trauma than FileVault, though. Hopefully they will make sure the Institute's name typed into Google will find them.

D

Re:Mentioned in the LangaList (1, Funny)

Ciaran_H (579351) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333196)

You just proved your own point - it's LiveVault, not FileVault. ;-)

I do get what you mean though.

!PF (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12332865)

!tsop tsrif

Re:!PF (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12332872)

Dyslexia to the Extreme... FIRST REPLY!

Missing Something.. (3, Funny)

lw54 (73409) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332870)

If only they had hired Ron Jeremy

Re:Missing Something.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333060)

If only they had hired Ron Jeremy

You should've pressed the third button.

Re:Missing Something.. (1)

nazsco (695026) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333073)

fief writes "Ron Jeremy explains why windows based firewall solutions will drive a manager insane in a viral marketing bit. (flash required)"

And now for something completely crappy (5, Insightful)

SYFer (617415) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332874)

I mod this video -1 unfunny. Even though it is usually a pleasure to see Cleese, even he can't breath life into this clinker. The only positive thing I can say is that it had nice production values. I want my seven minutes back. That earlier story about electrically-assisted microbial fuel cells that can be used to produce hydrogen from organic material was a knee-slapper by comparison.

Re:And now for something completely crappy (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12332895)

You know, breathE is a perfectly good verb. I don't know why you would want to swap a verb for a noun. And I think you meant clunker.

Re:And now for something completely crappy (1)

SYFer (617415) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332898)

You're right about "breathe," but wrong about "clinker."

Re:And now for something completely crappy (2, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332959)

I think you're being a bit harsh. It wasn't laugh-out-loud funny, but it was amusing. The only point I take issue with is that they really are not clear about what the alternative is supposed to be. They just keep waxing on and on and on about how horrible tapes are. I kept waiting for them to say something about network storage or some new optical media. It's almost like they're afraid they'll make fun of the solution as well.

P.S. Very Important! Do not click the third button! It will cause a blue screen of DEATH!

Re:And now for something completely crappy (5, Interesting)

SYFer (617415) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332990)

What can I say? I'm a harsher judge of marketing pieces generally. Lines like the boss saying he'd "fire your family... and your ancestors" just seemed like flat writing to me. If you're gonna have a major comedic god like John Cleese in the mix, you should make sure the writing is up to it. I clicked in and absorbed the marketing message, so I've upheld my end and that's my opinion. Those who disagree can take solace in the fact that my harsh opinion has been modded safely out of view as a "troll."

Re:And now for something completely crappy (3, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333065)

Those who disagree can take solace in the fact that my harsh opinion has been modded safely out of view as a "troll."

Well that's rather rude. Mods, please correct the great-grandparent's modding. "Troll" is only appropriate when someone is actually trolling. Same with "flamebait". Overrated may be used to bounce someone back to +1 if they yell too much, but it should never be used to push them below that. And if you just disagree with the poster, then you should just leave it alone.

Thank you. :-)

Re:And now for something completely crappy (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333082)

You do realize that the whole, "Fire your ancestors" thing was a gag based on Michael Dorn, aka Worf, delivering the line, doncha?

It wasn't flat writing, you just didn't get the joke.

Re:And now for something completely crappy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333154)

No, I didn't get that one, but I do recall the reference now that you mention it and while it may elevate that particular gag a tad, the piece still doesn't work for me as a whole. And I still think the writing was flat.

Re:And now for something completely crappy (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333264)

I still think you're wrong.

A pinata that releases candy and TAPE?

Oblique references to the Hair Club for Men?

The list goes on and on.

It was good writing, it just doesn't meet your expectations.

Re:And now for something completely crappy (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333272)

"Lines like the boss saying he'd "fire your family... and your ancestors" just seemed like flat writing to me."

Hmm.. I'm a little split on that one. On the one hand, it is a little flat, on the other hand, I think a lot of us have had bosses like that.

It's an advertisement first, comedy second. I think they should have had a little more fun with the "what's wrong with tape?" aspect of it. Could have nailed both points with that one me thinks. I'm sure most people who have worked with tape backups have a story about how the process failed. "I need Thursday's backup, not last weeks!"
Additionally, they could have spent a little more time explaining why disc backups were preferred. Off the top of my head, I can think of a few reasons.

In short, I agree that it could easily have been better, but on the other hand I found it mildly entertaining. This really did feel like it was aimed at PHBs. That's a plus in my book. Now if they'd just make a vid like this to promote getting off of IE, my job'd be a lot easier.

Re:And now for something completely crappy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333411)

Oh give me a break.

It is well-known that as soon as you whine about being modded down (Oh, the suffering), you will instead be pushed up to a +5 Insightful or similar... as if by "knowing" you are unpopular makes your opinion valuable.

Geez. If you have a point to make, make it. Don't play the "poor li'l ole me" bitch card. Stop being a pussy.

Re:And now for something completely crappy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333513)

I want my seven minutes back.

Two hours on a dialup connection. Very...painful...to...watch.

Re:And now for something completely crappy (1)

rookworm (822550) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333551)

I mod this video -1 unfunny. Even though it is usually a pleasure to see Cleese, even he can't breath life into this clinker. The only positive thing I can say is that it had nice production values. I want my seven minutes back. That earlier story about electrically-assisted microbial fuel cells that can be used to produce hydrogen from organic material was a knee-slapper by comparison.

Total agreement here. This ad is a cynical attempt to target IT geeks, under the assumption they all like Python (The comedy troupe, that is...), by rehashing old material (cf. fishes, animated collage, etc.). Even the parody of Clockwork Orange has been done to death before. I am dissappointed Cleese aGREED to this.

One problem... (5, Funny)

nxtr (813179) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332877)

If it's a credible institution, where's the machine that goes 'bing'?

Re:One problem... (1)

IANAL(BIAILS) (726712) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332933)

If it's a credible institution, where's the machine that goes 'bing'?
Would it tell you that your data is _still alive_?

Re:One problem... (1)

UniverseIsADoughnut (170909) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333573)

No, it would tell you if a baby is about to come out of the Data's tummy.

It's already gone BOOM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333156)

As it melts from the /. effect

Moderation (5, Insightful)

lordsilence (682367) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332886)

Moderation +4
70% Funny
20% Overrated
10% Slashvertisment

Re:Moderation (0, Troll)

evil_spork (444038) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332908)

And your post is:
40% Informative
10% Underrated
20% Overrated
20% Editor Censorship
-----
Total Score: -1

Re:Moderation (4, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333113)

If it's interesting, who gives a flying fuck?

"Oh, no, this wasn't reported by a dis-interested 3rd party. I'm gonna bitch about it."

Re:Moderation (1)

XorNand (517466) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333418)

I do.

Re:Moderation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333496)

If what is interesting?

Re:Moderation (4, Funny)

bergeron76 (176351) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333291)

You forgot: .28 % Blood Alcohol Level of "Zonk" at the time of posting this article.

meh (1, Funny)

Danimoth (852665) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332906)

It was moderatly ammusing, I enjoyed the part where their backups failed because the guy who had them drove off of a cliff, we all know that is a problem with a tape backup.

Re:meh (5, Funny)

Indy Media Watch (823624) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332943)

I enjoyed the part where their backups failed because the guy who had them drove off of a cliff, we all know that is a problem with a tape backup.

Only in our American cars, which we know (from Hollywood) have a tendency to blow up without fail in a massive fireball as soon as they leave the road.

Already Slashdotted (1)

Baricom (763970) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333091)

I hope they have reliable backups.

Institute for /. server trauma... (4, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332914)

I have an idea for his next sketch, and it involves a smoking server, that features a flash animation, and less than NASA-like bandwidth available to it...

Re:Institute for /. server trauma... (4, Informative)

nstrom (152310) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332920)

The nyud.net mirror [nyud.net] seems to be holding up for me at least.

Re:Institute for /. server trauma... (1)

RGTAsheron (844946) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332961)

It doesn't have the full thing backed up. Not for me at least.

By our powers combined... [Re:Institute ] (3, Informative)

Qubit (100461) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333173)

Combining Kev Vance's comment [slashdot.org] about a direct link to the movie and nstrom's comment [slashdot.org] about using the Nyud.net mirror, I give you a high-bandwidth direct link:

http://www.backuptrauma.com.nyud.net:8090/video/FL V/LVCleese_LG.flv [nyud.net]

Re:Institute for /. server trauma... (1)

waferhead (557795) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333474)

...and another one bites the dust...

On broadband connection, still too big (1)

thephotoman (791574) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332919)

Y'know, this file is taking forever to load. I only requested the dial-up edition, despite having a T1 line running in here. However, I'm still waiting for it to load about 10 minutes later.

I begin to wonder about the minds that brought us this piece.

Re:On broadband connection, still too big (3, Informative)

KingEomer (795285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332952)

I think the problem lays more with the server than with your connection. The speed at which you download is limited to the slowest component of the network; if the server has been /.ed, regardless of your connection speed, you will download slowly.

Mind you, you are probably right about the file being too big. If it weren't that big, the server might not have been overwhelmed.

Re:On broadband connection, still too big (1)

thephotoman (791574) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332977)

The latter point was really the one I was trying to make.

Damn. Slashdotting an advertisment. It's kinda funny, but I don't think it'd work against Fastclick.

Re:On broadband connection, still too big (1)

jericho4.0 (565125) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333301)

Most people with T1's know this.

Re:On broadband connection, still too big (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333240)

"Y'know, this file is taking forever to load. I only requested the dial-up edition, despite having a T1 line running in here."

I hear ya. My spedometer goes all the way up to 140 mph. I've never gotten it near that high, though.

Re:On broadband connection, still too big (1)

shanen (462549) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333358)

I think the site is /.ed right now. Not much you can do since they insist on streaming video distribution. Good thing they aren't trying to advertise network distribution services!

This is a job for BitTorrent Man!

Seriously, this is a case where sharing the network resources of the people who want to see the file makes extremely good sense. And after all, the entire purpose of advertising is to get as many people to see it as possible. Copyright extremism ought not to be the issue here.

Anyway, I don't have the patience now. I'll try again in 12 hours or so. Is that long enough for the /. effect to wear off? I should think so.

Another Zonk? (1, Interesting)

OccidentalSlashy (809265) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332923)

Who are you, Zonk? Do you run Slashdot now?

DDoS (0, Redundant)

Tharkban (877186) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332932)

Who said Denial of Service attacks are caused by malicious or malfunctioning computers?

just post it on /.

John Cleese in IT? (4, Funny)

datafr0g (831498) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332936)

It's gotta involve spam.... spam... spam, spam, spam

It's Decent (5, Funny)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332945)

But it'll never be as good as getting perpendicular [slashdot.org]

Insanity (4, Funny)

Indy Media Watch (823624) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332949)

John Cleese explains why tape based backup solutions will drive a manager insane

In the next episode, he explains why Slashdotted marketing solutions will drive a network manager to suicide.

Re:Insanity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333143)

Hell, the page won't even load now...tapes are the least of their worries.

That's my uncle's company! (Captains of Industry) (5, Interesting)

PowerMacG4 (575064) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332957)

No joke. His previous company was called Fred and Ted Entertainment, which made similar videos that can be found at http://www.fredandted.com [fredandted.com]

Their whole skit about "Ambulatory Mortosis" is one of their funniest.
http://www.fredandted.com/Mortosis/index.html [fredandted.com]

Congrats, Fred. You made Slashdot's front page. Now let's see if your servers can take the slashdotting...

Re:That's my uncle's company! (Captains of Industr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333004)

Have you had any doubt after noting 'aspx' in that url?

Re:That's my uncle's company! (Captains of Industr (1)

rmarll (161697) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333092)

Congrats, Fred. You made Slashdot's front page. Now let's see if your servers can take the slashdotting...

The Backup Institute webserver seems to be suffering from ambulatory mortosis.

Thank you (3, Funny)

MisterSquid (231834) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333171)

Dear PowerMacG4:

I found the informational video on ambulatory mortosis [fredandted.com] to be quite traumatic as I realized the dramatized symptoms correspond to the symtpoms my wife has been having for last five years.

Of course, I am also relieved as this explains why it has been so difficult to bring her to orgasm. For a while, I was starting to question my manliness. I suppose once Prudential pays my life insurance claim, I'll go to Vegas with my new girlfriend to forget those 5 lost years.

Thanks, PowerMacG4. I owe you.

Re:That's my uncle's company! (Captains of Industr (-1, Troll)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333249)

"No joke. His previous company was called Fred and Ted Entertainment, which made similar videos that can be found at http://www.fredandted.com"

Wait! He's your UNCLE! That means this is an advertisement!!! I don't care if it makes me laugh, I'm going to bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch and get modded up for it!!!!

*sigh* (4, Insightful)

sn0wflake (592745) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332965)

Why's it streaming video *sigh*? I guess it's because of advertising and stuff but streaming video sucks! Can't stream properly when slashdottet, can't email to friends, can't save to harddisk. For all you (other) webmonkeys, here's a word of advice; make a non-streamable version so more people will enjoy this (perhaps) fine video.

Your sincerely
An unsatisfied 4 MB Internet user.

Re:*sigh* (4, Informative)

erikharrison (633719) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333376)

ACtually, it doesn't appear to be a stream at all. Saving the FLV should give you the entire video. The video is embedded in a set of flash controls for said video, and like any other flash movie you've seen it can start before the download is complete, and moniter it's own download status.

FLV is essentially MPEG-4 in a flash container, and the flash controls offer no signifigant overhead, so offering a "downloadable" version wouldn't even give you any real difference in terms of download size.

Recommendations for online backup solutions? (0, Offtopic)

PoochieReds (4973) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332974)

I've been sort of looking for a place to host online backups for some of my home machines. Anyone have recommendations of a cheap place that does this sort of thing? Preferably a place that can handle rsync...

Re:Recommendations for online backup solutions? (4, Interesting)

vwjeff (709903) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333099)

Although not commercial, here is what I do.

I live in Wisconsin and a friend of mine lives in Nevada. He has a broadband connection and so do I. My home server has 2x200 GB hard drives mirrored. His server also has 2x200 GB hard drives mirrored. I can use half the space for my data on both servers and he can use the other half. Every other day at 3am, my server rsyncs over ssh to his. The same occurs every other day when his rsyncs with my server.

We do a full tape backup every week on Saturday and incremental backups every day. I take the full backups to my safe deposit box at the bank.

I guess what I am saying is that if any of your friends or family have a broadband connection, ask if you can use it for backup. Offer them storage space for backup or money to house a Linux box you can use as offsite backup.

If your data is extremely important, make sure you encrypt it. One time my friend thought he dropped a tape in a parking lot. I was conserned for weeks until he found the tape under the seat of his car. I learned my lesson and now encrypt everything that is important to me.

Re:Recommendations for online backup solutions? (1)

poopdeville (841677) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333288)

If your data is extremely important, make sure you encrypt it. One time my friend thought he dropped a tape in a parking lot. I was conserned for weeks until he found the tape under the seat of his car. I learned my lesson and now encrypt everything that is important to me.

How is encryption going to keep a tape from melting?

Re:Recommendations for online backup solutions? (1)

TelJanin (784836) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333380)

It won't. It will keep random passers by from reading your tax returns.

Re:Recommendations for online backup solutions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333449)

How the devil is this offtopic? It's about backups, for Zod's sake.

Option 3... (1)

wmspringer (569211) | more than 9 years ago | (#12332999)

So how many people clicked the third button?

BTW I had no trouble loading it. (Although I just got "loading...loading" when I clicked the 3rd button, is there anything else there?)

Re:Option 3... (1)

fief (12961) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333042)

patience my friend. It takes patience.

Re:Option 3... SPOILER (1)

saskboy (600063) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333186)

I clicked it first, and since I was on the incomplete mirror, I hadn't heard the setup to the punchline, but Cleese yells at you, and asks why you clicked the "third button" when he'd specificly told you not to. Then he glares, waggles his finger at you, then his head explodes and balloons float out. It was mildly unsatisfying until I saw the balloons.

The real trauma. . . (4, Funny)

Bastian (66383) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333008)

. . . is when I open a website in a new tab, and the site resizes my whole FireFox window.

All for a $@#% Flash site, too.

At least it doesn't use frames, I guess.

Re:The real trauma. . . (3, Informative)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333049)

Tools-->Options-->Go to the "Advanced" button next to where it says "Enable Javascript"-->Deselect "Move or resize existing windows".

Re:The real trauma. . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333367)

Hell, just disable JS entirely. Kick that shit out of your browser. I have.

For your convenience (2, Interesting)

Kev Vance (833) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333009)

A direct link to the movie: http://www.backuptrauma.com/video/FLV/LVCleese_LG. flv [backuptrauma.com]

Direct Link Mirror (4, Informative)

TPS Report (632684) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333210)

Thanks for the direct link, Kev. Their server seems to be extremely slow right now, so I'd suggest using the Coral Mirror of the file [nyud.net] .

Re:For your convenience (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333403)

Please, can anyone tell me how to play this? I use Ubuntu Linux. Nothing seems to recognize it.

Useful for educating PHBs, perhaps ... (3, Insightful)

rewinn (647614) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333020)

What I like about this is its appeal to non-technical staff, especially clueless decisionmakers who feel secure in their data because someone sold them a backup system ("Don't worry, it's fully automatic!")

Yes, the video is an advertizement for a firm selling a product, but who else would be motivated to create something that is both educational and funny enough to let issues be discussed in a non-threatening way?

No-one, especially PHBs, wants to admit that all the money they spent on a backup system can easily be brought to naught, so you have to ease them into the concept. This might help.

old (0, Troll)

blackomegax (807080) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333069)

this video is old..
i saw it sometime last year.

funny though.

Lies! (1, Informative)

PowerMacG4 (575064) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333159)

The earliest you could have seen it is February 2005, because I remember when my uncle finished it.

Re:Lies! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333179)

OMG, thank you for the clarification! I mean, February is all of four weeks from "last year." Thank you for your pedantry.

Re:old (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333167)

Something being old has never stopped Slashdot from posting it as new -- they have to have something to put up to justify rejecting other (more meaningful and current) stories. I haven't been on Slashdot in months, then I come back and find this old thing as "news." Pathetic, yet a very apt reminder of why I walked away from Slashdot before.

How the hell did they get (4, Insightful)

iammaxus (683241) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333074)

John Cleese to do this video? I know the answer, money, but this is definitley strange. When was the last time you saw a celebrity like this involved in promoting some obscure IT product?

Re:How the hell did they get (1)

SirBruce (679714) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333135)

I saw John Cleese do a hilarious infomercial for some vacuum cleaner a couple of years ago. I want to say it was Sunbeam but I really don't remember. So I guess he enjoys the work. :)

Bruce

Re:How the hell did they get (3, Funny)

bscott (460706) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333565)

To quote (as best I can) Eric Idle:
"John Cleese used to say he'd do anything for money, so I offered him a pound to shut up. He took it."

At one time or another in his life, he's done just about everything - movies, TV, books, stage performances, the list goes on - brilliantly. As much as I'd like to see him chained to a desk and forced to write more of my favorite stuff, I think he's earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants for a quid... even crap movies like this [imdb.com] .

The text in the 'hidden frame' (5, Funny)

parking_god (191357) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333079)

Because I *am* the kind of person who annoys those around me by shouting out continuity errors in theaters, here's what was in the hidden frame of the Clockwork Orange-like training video:

Congratulations
You have found the hidden frame. If you have time to look for things
like this, you have way too much time on your hands. You are
probably the kind of person who watches movies just to look for
continuity issues, shouting out, "Hey, that guy in the background is
wearing a different pair of cufflinks than he did two seconds ago!"
- as if anyone else cares. You tend to dream up elaborate conspiracy
theories that involve movie stars, politicians, and the logos of certain
brands of cereal. You used to stuff grasshoppers into soda bottles
and bury them in the playground during recess just to see how long
they survived without oxygen. You should definitely seek professional
help of some kind even before you check in to the
Institute for Backup Trauma.

Re:The text in the 'hidden frame' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333336)

I actually found that frame to be the most entertaining piece of the whole film.

With digital movies I expect to have more stuff like that thrown in for people like us.

What you really want... (-1, Offtopic)

John Seminal (698722) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333104)

http://www.oddtodd.com/index2.html

nuff said. :-D

Q? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333119)

John Cleese, James Bond's Q, is now perfecting gadgets for backing up servers?

Why do I need to backup my trauma? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333126)

I understand the need for backup, but I think this is going too far ...

Hell, their server is now slagged (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333169)

How could they be going too far? They damn well better have backups now!

Old School Training Films (4, Interesting)

Basehart (633304) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333191)

I remember in the late 70's in England my Father coming back from some training course or other raving about the films they had been shown starring John Cleese, and he was always hyped on the fact that Cleese actually made people learn through laughter. I can't remember specifics but Dad worked for Thorne EMI who were in the Security business.

Re:Old School Training Films (1)

bstadil (7110) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333359)

The Company was / Is called Video Arts [montypythonpages.com]

Actually, it pisses me off (2, Interesting)

PenguinBoyDave (806137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333220)

I watched the video and even signed up for the FREE poster they offered, which they NEVER sent me!!!! I wonder if my working for a competitor had something to do with that?

100% backup (1)

Matey-O (518004) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333223)

Our backup runs at 100%... ...It's the restores that are a little spotty.

I'm not responsible for the backup solutions in our shop (we had CA, then Veritas) but really, how hard can it BE to put bits on tape?

Re:100% backup (1)

CoolGopher (142933) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333320)

really, how hard can it BE to put bits on tape?

Well, you see, it depends on the material of the bits and the quality of the glue...

Re:100% backup (1)

Roland (61) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333324)

honestly? It can be a real pain.

Torrent (1)

dlichterman (868464) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333267)

Anyone got a torrent up?

Any alternatives? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333285)

I like the idea of online backup. However, this company's website appears to be powered entirely by clip-art models [livevault.com] that attempts to lend an air of professionalisim but instead makes them seem like a bunch of assholes who have nothing better to do than watch internet porn, play with pens and read magazines while on the phone. And then they blow at least $3.50 on John Cheese (yes, that was his name before he changed it), marking a new low point in his career.

So - who are this company's competitors (ie: who else provides online backup to corporate and home users) - and who would you recommend?

I, for one... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12333295)

I, for one, welcome our new...

Oh, sod it!

I don't want to do this!
I don't want to be a slashdot poster! ... blabbering on all day about "laser sharks" and "step 3: Profit!!! and old Korean people!

I wanted to be ... a LUMBERJACK!

Leaping from tree to tree as they float down the river through BRITISH COLUMBIA...
the mighty oak, the wrapping willow,
the tall redwood, the lofty Scot's pine...

He's a lumberjack and he's O.K.
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

I cut down trees, I eat my lunch
I go to the lavatory
On Wednesdays I go shopping
And have buttered scones for tea.

Mounties:
He cuts down trees, he eats his lunch
He goes to the lavatory
On Wednesdays he goes shopping and has buttered scones for tea.

Chorus:
He's a lumberjack and he's O.K.
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

I cut down trees, I skip and jump
I like to press wild flowers
I put on women's clothing and hang around in bars.

Mounties:
He cuts down trees, he skips and jumps
He likes to press wild flowers
He puts on women's clothing and hangs around in bars?

Chorus:
He's a lumberjack, and he's O.K.
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

I cut down trees, I wear high heels
Suspendies and a bra
I wish I'd been a girlie just like my dear pappa.

Mounties:
He cuts down trees
He wears high heels?
Suspendies... and a bra? ...He's a lumberjack and he's O K A Y
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

(With apologies to Monty Python)

Irony (3, Funny)

TrippTDF (513419) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333327)

I just realized that as I'm reading this thread, I'm sitting on two days worth of backup tapes.

Re:Irony (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333332)

"I just realized that as I'm reading this thread, I'm sitting on two days worth of backup tapes."

And they can sustain it?

Streaming Audio 10 Years Old (1)

oedneil (871555) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333362)

*buffering* Where's Real's new technology when you need it?

Resizing trauma (0, Troll)

andreMA (643885) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333417)

This link from the summary [backuptrauma.com] decides it knows best what window size I should have.

Therefore, I am entirely disinterested in anything they have to say and have mapped *.backuptrauma.com to 127.0.0.1

Backups are for girls (0, Troll)

514CK3R (875865) | more than 9 years ago | (#12333526)

Backups are for girls and End (L)users. John Cleese is a blast, though he much better at holding together a flying circus or being a (Lord) Farquad. 'Nuff said
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