At home, data backup is something you know you should do, but never quite get around to. I think that's about to change. For many of us the home PC is becoming a media centre. It suddenly holds thousands of dollars worth of music, hours of video, and hundreds of priceless photos.
I've been using a Maxtor drive to backup my home PC every couple of months. It's a great product, but a lousy solution. I could easily lose a hundred family photos if my hard drive fails. And if the house burns down I lose the PC and the Maxtor.
Fred Wilson is recommending Carbonite's online backup solution and I'm going to give it a try. It's cheap, only a couple of bucks a month. And there are some smarts involved: the program only uploads data when it senses the PC is idle. That eliminates the infuriating problems with sluggish performance that plague users of many automatic software updates.