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Originally Posted by fncos View Post
I am presently wondering, if "mi fi" is compared to "bring an airport express" which one is the most practical and efficient way to connect to the net! Both at home, and outside (cafes/hotel-rooms).
A "mi fi" type solution still requires that you pay for a cellular data plan. All the mi-fi type device does is convert that cellular data into wi-fi data.

The "bring an airport express" solution allows you to convert a "wired" connection (which presumably is free, such as in hotel rooms) into a "wireless" solution so you're not chained to the desk/can sit nearby.

Each system has its drawbacks -- the "mi fi" one still costs money every month whether you use it or not. The "airport express" option depends on there being a wired connection available.

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As for backups do u use online backup services or rather external hardware, and do you backup all of your system, I am wondering?
I use a small online backup (MobileMe) to back up a handful of documents and other such records that would be irreplaceable if a disaster struck my home. I don't use online backup for large amounts of storage because a) it costs a lot to keep that up, b) they tend to want to lock you in to their system and c) it takes FOREVER to upload data (upload connections are usually 1/10th the speed of download connections).

Lots of people DO back up all or part of their stuff to an online service -- I use Dropbox, one of those services, to share business documents with colleagues, so I know it works well and is modest in cost.

For my main backups, I do backup absolutely everything. I have two external hard drives for this: one uses Apple's built-in Time Machine software to make what's called an "incremental backup" of everything so I can easily recover either individual files or the entire system. The other I use a bit of third-party software called Carbon Copy Cloner (donationware) to make a BOOTABLE clone of my hard drive. This one is very useful for troubleshooting or quick recovery.

Having two full backups gives me great peace of mind. The Time Machine one is entirely automatic, and the "clone" one I have set to do less often (2 or 3 times a week) whenever the drive is connected so I don't have to leave it on all the time.

This is my approach, others have different strategies that work equally well.
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