Scripting News for 10/10/2006

Watching the game with Scoble. I didn’t know he was in the NY Times today. The print version has his picture, but it’s not there on the web. 

When I get my laptop back I’ll try this feature out myself, and I expect to like it. Sounds like just the thing, and it’s the primary reason I have so much trouble with the Vaio. My eyesight ain’t what it used to be.  

Today’s news 

It’s an S3 Tuesday 

I’m playing with Amazon S3 today, inspired by Jeremy Zawodny, to use it to back up my servers.

How I got there… Now that I’m more or less settled into the new house, I wanted to get my backup situation all modern and state of the art. I have a safe deposit box down the street that’s large enough to hold DVDs, and a complete backup of all my server software and data should fit on one disk. So now, how to get all that data to assemble itself on a local hard disk, ready to be burned and walked down the street to a safe. Not so easy, it turns out, unless you use something nice and centralized like S3.

The only trick is how to keep the backups private while they’re in transit. I hadn’t yet experimented with privacy in S3. Turns out, while the docs are a little cryptic, on a third or fourth read, all of a sudden it’s clear as can be, and it just works.

S3 is truly useful. Talking with Steve Gillmor the other day, he said we could go ahead and build on it if we just had another vendor providing something similar. Then it hit me the other day, we do — Apple’s iDisk. And I’m sure Nik and Aaron have some ideas in this area. For now I’m going to build on S3, and look forward to using other APIs when they become available.

Also, as I’m sure someone is going to point out, there’s probably not much need to walk the disks down to the safe deposit box, Amazon is probably every bit as safe from earthquake and fire as a North Berkeley bank.

3 responses to this post.

  1. S3 looks pretty useful and I’ve got a few ideas. Backup was one of them but some of the issues you describe – security, privacy, and then building the apps to accomplish the task made it more work than worthwhile.

    For backup I decided to go with Carbonite. For about $5USD a month you get unlimited storage, encrypted files and transfers and a pre-made application. The only drawback so far has been that the app is only available for Windows.



  2. Posted by Daniel Bushman on October 10, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    I use JungleDisk. It looks like a drive on your machine, and automatically manages an S3 bucket. All data is encrypted by JungleDisk automatically. Mac, Linux, Windows. Free and open source (GPL).


  3. Thanks for pointing to that magnifying feature item. I updated to 10.4.8 immediately when I saw it. As my vision is geezerizing rapidly, it’s a handy hack.


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