Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Update: Drafts still not exported by Blogger

It's been almost a week since I found out that draft posts (unpublished posts) are not exported by blogger.

I looked all over the places.  Some other people reported it but the only responses they received so far... well... the respondents such as me also have similar problems.

Regardless, since there is no other way to contact blogger and backing up the drafts, all that I can do is to practice the KISS principle-- copy the drafts (e.g., title, texts, time) one by one and paste them to a private blog... publish them so that I can have them texts backed up.

If I keep it going for a month and at the pace of 10 drafts a day, I guess I will be able to get all things backed up in my Ratology Reloaded blog in one month.

Come to think about it... ain't it a bit stupid. 8-X

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Drafts not exported in Blogger

Decided to do a backup for all my blogs earlier.

Since there are almost 300 draft posts in my Ratology Reloaded blog, I decided to create a new private blog, populate it with the data captured in the exported file for Ratology Reloaded and publish these drafts.

It was then did I realize that the drafts (the writings that are not posted to the public) can not be found in the new blog that I had just created.

After checking out the XML file (the export file) briefly, I came up with the conclusion that the problem is in the exporting process rather than in the importing process (though I might be wrong).

Interestingly, drafts were exported as well before... at least back on Sept. 26th, 2010... as indicated by the screenshot of the backup blog I created then.

Haven't found a solution yet and I don't think there is really anything I can do on my end.

Just want to alert you with this issue that just came to my attention.

And, it surely is very annoying to me because now I have to go back making my posts in the internal blog rather than simply share them as drafts when I don't feel like making thoughts public.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

1 TB=931 GB: What I learned from my first portable Hard drive

Got Western Digital® My Passport® Essential™ SE 1TB Portable Hard Drive-USB 3.0 as my very first portable hard drive because my backup Fantom Drive decided to die when I was away from NYC.

After this portable Hard drive, I might have to consider getting a secondary backup drive since what went with the death of the Fantom was my life between 2007 and 2010... (Thank God that I didn't really get too much done during these 3 years and, speaking of memory dump. 8-O lol sigh)

I decided to not install the WD Smartware backup software because a lot of people out there seem to have complaints about how this software slows their computer down.

The problem I have with the drive is that, although it claims to be a 1 TB drive, you only have 931 GB available to store your files.  Ended up, this is something that gets many people really confused--- not only me.

So said them smart people... 1 TB can be 931 GB. 8-O

It all depends on how you classify TB.

Essentially, the Hard drive vendors use decimal numbering system while that used by the operating systems, binary.

1 TB in decimal numbering system = 1,000,000,000,000 (10^12) (Base 10)
1 TB in binary numbering system = 1,099,511,627,776 (2^40) (Base 2)

Since the operating system counts in binary, 10^12 equates to around 931GB.

1TB = 1,000,000,000,000B

931.32*1024*1024*1024 =931.32*(2^10)*(2^10)*(2^10)=1,000,000,000,000B

Thus, 1 TB=931 GB

Tricky and guess this is why they teach us math in school... 8-O lol

How do I like this hard drive so far?

Well, it's been trying to back up my system containing 120 something gb of data... and only up to 30%... for the past 3-4 hours or so while my mom and I are busy packing...

Don't know who I should blame--- Windows 7 backup or the drive..... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

--unless simply the fact that no USB 3 port available on this hard working machine...