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  • 1. Zen and the Art of Computer BackupComputer BackupComputer backup involves the process of storing data in a location apart from your harddrive, on any possible medium in order to ensure that you always have a copy of that file.We all know that damage can come to a computer resulting in a loss of data, and havingproper backups can greatly ease the pressure off of us in the event that such a thing doesoccur. If you have a loss of data on your machine for any reason, you can easily restorethese files through the use of your previously made backups.Zen and the Art of Computer BackupZen is an ancient Asian philosophical system which arose in China and then traveled toJapan. It is a combination of the teachings of Siddhartha Gotama, the Buddha (enlightenedone) from India and the Taoist philosophies which had grown up in China from theteachings of Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching. One might wonder how Zen could play any part in the modern technological world of computers, especially such a seemingly mundane task as computer backup. However, zen can play a great part in computer backup. Zen is the art of becoming one with that which you are doing. It is a form of meditation that puts you in a state where you are sure of exactly what is going on around you. It is a way of life, and can become a part of all aspects of your life, especially something as essential as computer backup.Practicing Zen and the Art of Computer BackupWhen you are backing up your computer, do not just consider it a mundane task that mustbe performed. Allow yourself to become one with your data, and with your computer. Thereare many different methods of computer backup, and you can practice zen with anydifferent method of computer backup.Traditionally, floppy disks were used in the performance of computer backup. However,floppy disks are becoming increasingly obsolete. After all, a floppy disk can only hold 1.4megabytes, while a CD-R can hold 800 megabytes. It is easy to see why such a methodwould be seen as ineffective.Zen is all about effectiveness, and living properly. While computer backup is a veryimportant thing, and a practice that should be performed often, it merits us nothing to takemuch more time and disks to backup on floppy disks than to backup on a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM or other medium which holds a great deal more data.Another form of backup that is becoming very popular is the use of what are called keydrives. Key drives are tiny drives which can fit on your key chain but can still hold up to agigabyte or more of data. You then plug these drives into your computer, and on most newermachines your key drive will automatically be read by your computer, without the need forany device drivers, the perfect conception of plug and play technology.