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Copy Before Submitting Web Forms

Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.

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Bad Backup Nearly Obliterated “Toy Story 2”

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We frequently harp on not only keeping data backups, but also on ensuring that your backups are good. (That’s why Adam Engst has designated every Friday the 13th as International Verify Your Backups Day.) It’s inconvenient to lose some recent files or email messages, but a good backup policy is even more essential for larger projects — like an entire movie. Two people involved explain how Pixar nearly lost a year’s worth of work on the movie “Toy Story 2” after someone accidentally entered rm * (the Unix command to delete all files) and the company discovered their backup had been compromised. The film’s salvation came from an unexpected source.Generic Globefollow link

 

Comments about Bad Backup Nearly Obliterated “Toy Story 2”

SSteve  2012-05-14 15:21
When I first saw the headline in NetNewsWire I thought it said "Bad breakup...". I pictured Lee Unkrich's jilted fiancée throwing his computer out the second story window.
Could the Apple employee that lost the iPhone prototype at a bar use this case, showing that taking company assets off-site is an appropriate method to protect company projects.