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    Default tape backup

    Can anyone recommend a nice tape backup app
    preferably with a GUI ( mt works but isn't exactly
    pretty )

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    On 12/21/2010 12:36 PM, gropiuskalle wrote:
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    > → 'Let me google that for you'
    > (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=linux+tape+backup)←


    I'm sure the OP could have done that, and probably even did.

    I expect he's asking for recommendations by folks actually using one.
    It's one thing to wade through dozens of posts on line, many of which
    won't be all that helpful. It's another to get an answer from someone
    saying "I've been using X and it did/didn't work out of the box, the
    interface did/didn't suck, etc."

    Often times folks don't care what they use. They just want a product
    they know will do the job with minimum hassle. That's not to much to ask.

    Someone on this list is using some brand/model of tape drive. It would
    be nice to know what that is, and how they like it.

    Why does every question on usenet have to turn into a full blown
    research project?

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    Unless you have to use a tape drive because it's an server setup or you already have it, you might want to consider backing up to a removable HD. Much easier to handle and a selective restore is quick. Some HDs are starting to be as cheap as a handful of backup tapes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atftb
    Why does every question on usenet have to turn into a full blown
    research project?
    Because it's all there. One could also easily research field reports on certain applications.

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    On 12/21/2010 02:36 PM, gropiuskalle wrote:
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    > "atftb" Wrote:
    >> Why does every question on usenet have to turn into a full blown
    >> research project?

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    > Because it's all there. One could also easily research field reports on
    > certain applications.


    Sure, if one wants to spend a few hours pouring over lots of web pages.
    On the other hand, if one or two folks say "I'm using this and it
    works great" then you've saved a lot of time and have a reasonable
    expectation of success. That leaves lots of time for other fun stuff.
    I like free time for other stuff.

    By way of example, a couple months ago I needed a wireless NIC. Nothing
    fancy. I spent too much time looking over different options, trying to
    figure out what chipset works and what doesn't, etc. It would have been
    really handy if someone had told me "Go get an XYZ. Recognized out of
    the chute, and decent performance." Never did see a post like that though.

    (FWIW, I got a D-Link AR2413 off ebay for about $4 IIRC. An older card,
    but it meets my needs.)

    I just don't get it. It's no harder for someone to say "I'm using such
    as such" than it is to say "Google is your friend". But that's life...


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    Kevin Miller wrote:
    > I just don't get it. It's no harder for someone to say "I'm using such
    > as such" than it is to say "Google is your friend". But that's life...


    please count all of the folks here who can say:
    I'm using XYZ Tape Backup Pro...it has a cool GUI like dark side
    admins love and beats mt by miles!!

    ok, lets count them: zero, or nearly zero _here_ in this forum...so,
    should we all just let the question sit, forever? (though, i agree
    that "google it" was a little stark...but only a LITTLE!)

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    Actually I use ABC Tape Backup Pro so I didn't answer.

    I'm actually in favour of letting the question sit there. It only costs a small amount of disk storage, and the questioner can fret about the lack of answers while we are off celebrating the holidays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atftb
    Sure, if one wants to spend a few hours pouring over lots of web pages.
    On the other hand, if one or two folks say "I'm using this and it
    works great" then you've saved a lot of time and have a reasonable
    expectation of success. That leaves lots of time for other fun stuff.
    I like free time for other stuff.
    That makes no sense. It does not take hours to do some research on a type of application, but waiting for replies about experiences for a type of program that is pretty exotic in most home desktop system actually does (and did). If one really needs direct feedback, googling will show more appropriate forums as well (server forums come to mind).

    Anyway, you are dragging this thread offtopic, so let's stop here. I was really trying to help by giving a hint, that's all.

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    ken yap wrote:
    > I'm actually in favour of letting the question sit there.


    but, we agree (i guess) that it is ok for others to have other
    ideas...right?

    btw: you misspelled 'favor' (by adding an unneeded, silent letter)

    happiy houlidays alle ;-)


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