Jun 18, 2015

There is never enough backup

I am a PhD student in computer science, and this is how much I am paranoid about losing my PhD dissertation.


To clarify on the implementation, I am using these instructions to synchronize between Overleaf and my computer, and between my computer and the two other Git servers. And, I am using duply on a Cron job to backup my private server’s git repository to..well, another server.

written by dgraziotin

Dr. Daniel Graziotin received his PhD in computer science, software engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. His research interests include human aspects in empirical software engineering with psychological measurements, Web engineering, and open science. He researches, publishes, and reviews for venues in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Daniel is the founder of the psychoempirical software engineering discipline and guidelines. He is associate editor at the Journal of Open Research Software, academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal, and academic editor at the Open Communications in Computer Science journal. He is the local coordinator of the Italian Open science local group for the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is a member of ACM, SIGSOFT, and IEEE.

  • dgraziotin Jun 18, 2015 Reply

    I have been using this system for months now. Today, I have suddenly realized that I might be a little paranoid about it. So, I drew a diagram for understanding it. And no, I am not really enough paranoid 🙂

    Jokes aside, too many of my friends lost part of their thesis/articles because of no (or not smart enough) backups. Including computer scientists.

  • Joel Oct 20, 2015 Reply

    I finally found somebody as paranoid as I am. I just discovered that my Dropbox didn’t restart for some reason when my laptop turned back on, and that I hadn’t pushed to Github in a while. Totally freaked out. I don’t want to lose my dissertation!!!

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