Episode 43 – The Massive Easter Catchup

by on April 30, 2014

parental geekery logoWelcome back to another episode of Parental Geekery. We’ve got a lot to catch up with, since we haven’t recorded a show since before the Easter holidays.

We start off talking about Ruth’s recent computer hard drive failure, and the importance of backups. We recommend cloudberry for Windows and arq for Mac.

We talk about our trip to the Gadget Show Live – Ruth went on her own with a press pass, and then we all went as a family on one of the public days. John raves about his Red 5 quadcopter, and Ruth’s pick of the show is the iWalk rechargeable battery. There’s also an honourable mention for Tappy the tap guard.

We briefly divert into the world of Android apps and how there are still not enough educational titles on the platform. The article we refer to is this one: The 50 Best Education Apps for Android

We’ve been to PR events with both Hewlett Packard and Next, and John’s also had a couple of trips to London on his own for events run by Panasonic and Leica.

We then talk about Easter and what happened with the Easter bunny this year (warning – don’t let little ears listen to this part!)

And finally we talk about Catherine losing her second tooth – thankfully she didn’t swallow this one!

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Rob May 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I really recommend CrashPlan when for backups – it’s cross-platform and remarkably cost-effective. For $5 per month, I currently have over 2TB backed up now and that price doesn’t change as I back up more data.

If you’re on a Mac, you should have a USB drive attached and run Time Machine too!




Ruth May 6, 2014 at 5:56 am

Thanks Rob – have you ever had to restore from that backup? Do you have any feedback on speed or cost?


Rob May 6, 2014 at 7:21 am

I’ve only had to collect specific files via the website and it was no problem. I don’t believe that there are any costs for recovery if you do it via the Internet. They have an optional extra to ship you a hard drive with your back up on it if you need it urgently though.



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