Data Backup Day Contest – Win A Copy Of Handy Backup

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For the next upcoming Data Backup Day – Sunday, November 1, 2009 – in partnership with Novosoft LLC, GeneaBloggers will be giving away copies of Handy Backup software to three lucky winners (value $39 US)!

How To Participate In This Contest

  • Between Monday, October 26, 2009 and 11:59 pm Central Standard Time (GST -6) Sunday, November 1, 2009, create a post at your genealogy blog about data and the importance of backing up your data.
  • Your blog must be genealogy-focused and be listed on the blogroll at GeneaBloggers in order to be eligible (see Contest Rules below).
  • Discuss any aspect of backing up your data: a story about your data loss experiences and what it meant to your research; how you currently backup your data; problems you’ve have backing up data.
  • Once your blog post is published, place a comment on this post with a link back to your blog post.
  • Three winners will be drawn at random from the eligible comments on Monday, November 2, 2009.  Winners will be contact via email or blog post comment.  Once contact is confirmed, a valid registration code to enable a full-version of the Handy Backup download will be emailed to the winner.

    Contest Rules


    • TERM: The Contest will run from Monday, October 26, 2009 through 11:59 pm Sunday, November 1, 2009, Central Standard Time (GMT -6).
    • PRIZE: A free copy of Handy Backup Standrd 6.4, a complete, EXTENSIBLE backup solution from Novosoft LLC. Value = $39 US.
    • ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning will be determined by the number of entries received.  Three winners will be drawn at random.
    • DISCLAIMER: GeneaBloggers is not responsible for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects in part or whole, delays in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for any technical or non-technical network, telephonic, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate or partial transmission of or failure to receive entry information by GeneaBloggers on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any web site or any combination thereof. GeneaBloggers is not responsible for any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any materials in the Data Backup Day Contest.
    • DISQUALIFICATION: Your entry will be disqualified if it is not a blog post with the theme of backing up data and your blog does not appear on the GeneaBloggers Blog Roll.
    • SELECTION OF WINNERS: Winners will be selected in an electronically randomized manner on November 2, 2009, for the Data Backup Day Contest. The winner will be notified on the day of the drawing, and will have 96 hours to contact GeneaBloggers regarding their prize. Return of any prize or prize notification as “undeliverable” will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.
    • NOTIFICATION: Prizewinners will be notified by e-mail sent to the e-mail address of record on their genealogy blog or by leaving a comment on their blog’s most recent post.  GeneaBloggers is under no obligation to notify winner by any means other than e-mail. GeneaBloggers is not responsible for notifications that are misdirected or not received because of e-mail addresses or mailing addresses that are no longer correct. If a potential winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been made during 3 business days from the first notification attempt, such person may be disqualified, with an alternate winner selected. Any prize notification or prize returned as undeliverable will result in the awarding of that prize to an alternate winner.
    • REDEMPTION: GeneaBloggers will deliver the prize as follows:  Once a prize winner responds to the notification from GeneaBloggers, a valid registration code to enable a full-version of the Handy Backup download will be emailed to the winner.
    • CONDITIONS: By participating in the Data Backup Day Contest, you agree to release and hold GeneaBloggers and Thomas MacEntee, and all prize suppliers harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the Data Backup Day Contest or any product purchased, or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injuries, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy, whether suffered by you or a third party. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of GeneaBloggers and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Data Backup Day Contest or these Contest Rules. All decisions regarding the Data Backup Day Contest, including, but not limited to, selecting winners, will be made by GeneaBloggers, whose decisions shall be final. Winners are individually responsible for all applicable taxes.

    © 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

    Handy Backup – Complete, EXTENSIBLE Backup Solution

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    As part of my Data Backup Day efforts here at GeneaBloggers, I am often looking for new methods of backing up my genealogy research data.  I’m always willing to try new programs – both installed software as well as web applications – and when Novosoft LLC approached me to take their product Handy Backup for a test drive, how could I say no?  I’m a techie who likes playing with new toys, right?

    Download and Installation

    The download of the Handy Backup Standard 6.4 software was quick with no glitches.  Installation was a breeze – I am using Windows Vista Ultimate Edition but Handy Backup (and other Novosoft LLC backup products) are already certified to work with Windows 7.

    I also appreciate the fact that the Handy Backup install didn’t try to insult my intelligence by sneaking in other items or toolbars for my browser which some programs try to do.

    Out of the box, Handy Backup is ready to go to work safeguarding your data, documents, photos, browser bookmarks, and email messages – either in a run-once situation or as scheduled events. Your options include the ability to backup to local media, such as a CD, or to offsite storage like a secure FTP site.

    Why Backing Up More Than Data Is Important

    While most people may only backup their genealogy databases, and perhaps their scanned photos and documents, there are so many other pieces of data that assist you in finding your ancestors.  And many people don’t back these up:

    • data folder settings
    • bookmarks and favorites
    • specific program settings

    As the Handy Backup site states (and I agree): “Your computer setup is a reflection of you. Sure, everyone has their documents folder, their pictures folder, their office applications – but that’s where most similarities end. Think about it, your Photoshop settings, IM tweaks, browser preferences… everything is set up just the way you like it.”

    Many backup programs only focus on the data.  Handy Backup is a different kind of backup application. It’s fully extensible, featuring free plug-ins that are designed to completely backup not only data, but also the settings, playlists, skins, and other specifics of the individual applications that you’ve tweaked to perfection.

    Backup Options Covered

    Handy Backup lets you:

    • Perform run-once and scheduled backups of your entire hard drive or selected directories.
    • Use free plug-ins that backup and restore the unique profile settings of the most popular applications.
    • Backup to local media, local servers, offsite servers, or the Novosoft Remote Backup Service.


    Handy Backup includes plug-ins for all of the popular programs (such as Outlook and Windows Mail), and if you don’t see what you need, you can actually create your own plug-in (as an XML specification) for that special app.

    Remote Backup Availability

    As if backing up to local media, local servers, and offsite locations weren’t enough, all users of Handy Backup can also take advantage of the Novosoft Remote Backup Service (you get 5GB of storage for free!). Think of it as super-duper-remote-always-on backup, with unlimited storage in a highly secure web server that’s fortified against technological and natural disasters, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


    I found Handy Backup very easy to use (and as my readers know, I am always looking at apps from a newcomer’s perspective rather than my 25 years of information technology experience).  I like the flexibility in terms of types of data that I can backup including settings.  I also love the ability to schedule backups and to only backup the files that have changed recently.

    Who needs Handy Backup? You do if you’ve ever:

    • Had to recover data from backup, but then had to manually reset all of the settings for your applications.
    • Wanted to take advantage of the larger storage capabilities of DVD, Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD media.

    You can download a full-featured 30-days trial by clicking the following link:

    Download Handy Backup.

    [Disclosure: I was contacted by Novosoft LLC in October 2009 and was asked to review one of their data backup products.  I have been given a free copy of Handy Backup Standard 6.4 for my personal use. In addition I have been given three additional licenses for Handy Backup Standard 6.4 to distribute to GeneaBloggers members as part of a Data Backup Day contest on November 1, 2009.  I have not been compensated monetarily in any way for this review or for my work with Novosoft LLC.

    My intention is to give a good review, which does not necessarily mean a favorable review. In my mind a good review is one in which the subject of the review is fully researched and tested and my opinions are given while at the same time remaining fully transparent as to my involvement with the vendor of the product.]

    © 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

    Madness Monday October 26, 2009


    Today is Madness Monday. If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Madness Monday. What is it?

    Madness Monday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

    To participate in Madness Monday simply create a post with the main focus being an ancestor who may have suffered from some form of mental illness or an ancestor who drives you “mad” because you have trouble locating them or locating more information about them. You can read more about Madness Monday here at gene@pedia.

    Here are the latest Madness Monday posts from our member genealogy bloggers:

    © 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee