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According to a report, Lenovo, which picked EMC's Mozy cloud backup for its SL business notebook line, has rejected EMC and picked competing Carbonite cloud backup for its consumer IdeaPad notebooks (Should we believe a single report? The reporting Mass High Tech journal looks solid and it directly quotes Carbonite CEO David …

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Carbonite - great if you're running Windows

Let's not forget that Carbonite runs only under Windows (incl. Vista). A solution for the Mac was due "mid-2008", but still hasn't arrived, and there's no sign that it'll ever work for Linux or (non-Apple) BSD users.

Linux and BSD/MacOS users can use a different solution, using Amazon's S3 storage mounted as a filesystem using "s3fs", plus standard backup tools like BackupPC.

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Cloudy, as in "shady"

Carbonite is high on my list of "never do business with" outfits. Their client software was pretty lame, no diagnostic/debugging tools of any sort and very limited control. The automatic file monitoring did not work on folder-mounted NTFS volumes and it took me two weeks of frustrating communication with their customer service to realize that they are useless. I had to send an angry e-mail to the CEO to get my money back. That was a year ago though, might be different now, i.e. they might be ignoring CEO's e-mails now :-)

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