[OT] A Hardware wish...

capellan capellan2000 at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 19 12:21:11 EDT 2008

Hi Phil,

Phil Davis-5 wrote:
> A NAS device won't do it - at least not the ones I'm familiar with, but 
> I haven't looked at them since I bought one a couple of years ago. Maybe 
> they are smarter now. 
> [snip]
> Jim Ault introduced me to StuffIt for automated backups (which I still 
> don't use effectively, but...) StuffIt lets you schedule automatic, 
> unattended backups of specific folders to FTP and .mac locations. Would 
> that do it for you? It would run on your computer at night or whenever 
> you tell it to.

Ah, this is the keyphrase that i was looking for: 
"unattended backups of specific folders to FTP"

If these backups could be done using Rsync, then
this will be a lot faster. :-D

> If you want a separate piece of hardware to do the backup, I suppose you 
> could put a cheap PC into your network DMZ and copy files to its StuffIt 
> upload folder before you turn off your computer and go home at night.

Yes, that will do the job. 

By the way, thinking about the imaginary USB device that 
i described will require it to run some embedded operating
system, right?

An OS in a USB stick, just like this:

Many thanks for your answer and useful
pointers !

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