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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Springcleaning & Housekeeping

It's a bright and shiny Saturday morning so a good time to do some long-overdue admin.

First, change the password. What with the Thanet bloggy world getting a bit twitchy this week, it's a reminder that it's good practice to change your password every now and again, especially if you ever use publicly accessible machines in internet cafes or at work. And ALWAYS get a few numbers in there among the letters.

Second, back up your work! The loss of ECR's blog isn't just depriving us (temporarily I hope) of pithy comment and opinion - he had a lot of great pictures and insightful comments on there among all the other stuff. Although Blogger itself isn't terribly simple to back up (it involves making a new tamplate, saving the old one, replacing then exporting then replacing again and republishing - something like that anayway, I'd lost the will to live after reading through the instructions), there is a really nice and easy way to do it - it took me less than 5 minutes to back up my blog this morning.

Here's how: use a Firefox extension (what old-timers would call a plug-in) called Scrapbook. Instructions are all on the helpful Dummies Guide to Blogger where the download links for Firefox and then Scrapbook are in the third paragraph in the left hand column. I hardly ever use Firefox, but it's worth installing just for the occasional clever tool like this - each Month of your blog is saved with one simple drag-and-drop to the Scrapbook folder, and it's lightning fast.

I feel much happier now. Just off to change my password. Back soon...

4 comments:

Matt B said...

It also helps to get a non alpha-numeric character such as %*@# and friends into the password. And then make it as long and (apparently) random as you can. These factors mean that you might need a computer more powerful than any on earth running for longer than the universe has been here and will continue to be here in order to guess the password.

ZumiWeb said...

Damn, and I thought using "Password1" would be enough...

Matt B said...

Whoops... There go 50% of passwords...

Eastcliff Richard said...

Yes, but how on earth would you remember it? Or would 'P*ssword' suffice?