Non-Financial

Mozy Backup after one year

2007-12-10-mozyhome.pngI have been using the free online backup service from Mozy.com to backup my home computer for more than a year. So far it has worked well and although I have not had a hard disk disaster that requires a restore from Mozy, I have tried using Mozy to retrieve one or two files. It works as expected.

Recently, with my growing camcorder video collection, I thought about using their paid service, called MozyHome, that offers unlimited backup at a price of $4.95 a month. It sounds like a reasonable deal — pay $54.45 a year (one month free with one year subscription) and get off-site backup protection for my files.

One concern I have though is whether “unlimited backup” is really unlimited. As we all know, sometimes “unlimited” does not really mean that the space is unlimited; rather the company chooses to impose some unpublished limitations. For example, some web hosting plans have been known to advertised with “unlimited” space but once a certain limit is reached, the hosting would terminate the service to the customer.

I posed this question to Mozy, and here’s their reply (which came in no more than 10 minutes!):

Unlimited really means Unlimited! We’re constantly adding more space to our database so we’ll be able to keep up with whatever you throw at it.

In other words, don’t worry about it, just back it up.

I am still mauling this over. If you have any experience with using the MozyHome paid service, it will be great to hear it!

And if you are interested in the free backup service, refer to my earlier post HERE. You can get an additional 256 MB from the referral link.

State of California can’t find Steve Jobs?

Here’s one very interesting article I read today:

Can someone please help the state of California find Steve Jobs?

State Controller John Chiang is holding $443.81 in insurance payments and other funds that belong to the Apple chieftain – plus three shares of IBM and one share of Time Warner in his name.

The state has addresses for Jobs in Palo Alto and Woodside. Yet California still can’t manage to reunite him with his money.

It might help if the controller’s office could locate Apple, which is also owed money. It can’t. Maybe that Infinite Loop address in Cupertino throws the state computers into a tizzy.

Except California can’t find Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Cisco Systems or Seagate Technology, either. Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, Yahoo Chairman Terry Semel, former investment banker Frank Quattrone and Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison are also apparently untraceable. The state is holding money for all of them.

Apparently these entities / people are owed money by the state but the main reason ‘the owners stay “lost” is that until summer this year, a lot of California leaders didn’t really want to give the money back. As long as the rightful owners couldn’t be found, the state got to spend their money.’

However, in the state’s defense, the companies that were originally supposed to pay out this money did a pretty lousy job finding the owners, too.

Cisco couldn’t find its recently retired chairman, John Morgridge, to repay him $136.90. (Cisco said it will now help Morgridge file the paperwork with the state to get his money back.) FedEx, which owes Cisco money, couldn’t find the company’s North San Jose headquarters, which sort of makes you worry about any packages you send there. In all, Cisco headquarters is owed more than $160,000 by various vendors.

And remember that money the state owes Steve Jobs? $37.91 of it came from Apple, which somehow couldn’t deliver a simple check to its CEO. Maybe he was too busy inventing stuff to check his snail mail. (Apple had no comment.)

HERE’s the link to the article. And this LINK lets you check if the State of California owes you money.