With a few clicks, you can automatically backup your data with Windows.
Why Backup Your Data?
Anyone that has used a computer regularly, has experienced some sort of program crash, power failure, or the dreaded computer crash. All come with the loss of data and time, and costing you money. These are just the issues we face in today’s technology driven world. Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your data from loss.
Anyone Can Configure Windows to Backup Data
All versions of Windows have a user interface for setting up automatic backups with just a few clicks. You can customize the system to backup daily, weekly, continually. You can designate the target drive such as an inexpensive backup drive you can attach to your PC. As of this writing you can find backup drives for as little as $75 with 1 terabyte of storage!
How To Backup Your Data
There are several options available to set your data backups on automatic. As I said, Windows has a built in user interface for setting this up. Look for Windows Backup or Backup in the Start menu, do a search or even look in the Control Panel. Point the target drive to your local external drive or a network drive.
Beyond Windows Backup
With the growing popularity of the “cloud”, many cloud-based backup services are becoming available and affordable. So in addition to backing up your data, this will add an extra layer of security in being stored remotely. What’s the advantage? If you’re doing local backups to your external drive and there is a fire at your home/office, your system and backups may be destroyed. Storing your backups remotely removes this issue from the equation. Dropbox, Drive, Carbonite…these are popular options on the cloud.
Error While Installing PGAdmin v1.20.0 for Windows
Download the latest version. At the time of this post it was v1.20.0.
Unzip the file and run the .msi file.
I encountered an error after the installation when running the program to the affect of:
MSVCP120.dll is missing
This file relates to Microsoft Visual C++. The redistributable package can be found here:
After downloading and installing the x64 package (I’m running Win7 x64), I still encountered the error.
This problem was resolved by downloading and installing the x86 package.
Remote Desktop Connection – Console (RDP)
I use Remote Desktop (RDP) to connect to Windows servers and workstations every day(XP, 2000, 2003, 2008, Vista and Windows 7).
However I only occasionally need to connect to the console on the remote computer.
And every time I do I have to look up how to do it again because I can’t remember the syntax. Like today.
So when I looked it up today I just decided to copy the Shortcut I had on my Quick Launch bar and have a second button to connect to the console.
- First, I right clicked on the shortcut, clicked “Copy Shortcut”, this put a new shortcut on my Quick Launch bar but it will work where ever you have a shortcut, including the Start Menu.
- Then, I right clicked the new shortcut and went to properties and change the name to “Remote Desktop Connection (2)” to “Remote Desktop Connection – Console” and added this switch to the end of the target field ” /console” so it looks something like
- Then, I clicked Change Icon on the properties and I picked from the list of icons so the it looked different on the icon menu.
Problem solved, It only took 2 minutes and I can quickly connect to the console via Remote Desktop easily now. (of course this blog took another 10 minutes)