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Can anyone recommend some good software for taking full and incremental backups from a notebook computer running Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP?

I just got through a manual full backup of Numerramar - about 15Gb of files in 8 big 1.5-2Gb pieces, plus sundry large AVIs.

BTW: I've been hearing a lot and reading a little about WinFS, the new file system of Windows Longhorn, and what little has been put out about WinFX. It all looks interesting and promising, but not having laid my hands on any developer tools yet, it's hard for me to formulate a complete opinion. Have any of you done either (looked at dev tools or formed an opinion)?

(The reasons for my backups are left as an exercise for the reader...)



Jul. 19th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
Re: Cutting off your Neskimo nose to spite your Neskimo face
"...each photo could include additional information, so that it could be searched by, for instance, who is in the picture; a set of folder-like views could then be created automatically with sorted photos by person."

And how the heck is this information going to get there? Am I supposed to enter it all---heck no, if I don't do it now, why would I do it then?
Jul. 19th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
Automated Content-Based Indexing: IE, IR, repurposing, and learning
Have a look at:

If you think about it, a lot of the IR and IE work that has gone into automatically building bibliographies and citation indices, and a lot of the R&D on content repurposing, is applicable to the semantic FS problem. It's just taking some time to percolate, just as text and web mining took time to assimilate its theoretical foundations from adjacent and overlapping topics (e.g., computational learning theory and supervised inductive learning) and from related methodologies (statistical queries, hidden Markov models, dynamic Bayesian networks).

Of course, I am a machine learning optimist. Therefore, first thing I look at is where representations can be improved given what definitions, type, structure, and archival mechanisms and media we have; only then is it time to think about knowledge acquisition (be it via learning, collaborative classification, elicitation, "guessing" with post-editing, or good old-fashioned data entry).


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