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Well, you wouldn’t know it by the site but I’ve been busy on my Star Trek project.  A few airplane trips and a wedding on the East coast provided the much needed time to catch up on TNG.

I just completed Season 5 of Star Trek: TNG last night and it literally kept me up last night thinking about it.  Time travel always has a way of getting my brain turning…what happens if you change 1 little thing back in time, effects decisions make, etc.  But the season finale certainly grabbed my attention.  Now on to Season 6 to see how part II resolves everything!

Throughout seasons 3, 4 and 5 the acting and story lines continue to improve.  Complex plots, deeper character bio’s, and just great stories.  It’s easy to see why this was such a cult phenomenon.  Who’d of thought the Borg *might* have a personality???  Deep stuff.  Nerdy, but deep.  Let’s see what happens in the last two seasons.

Yes, I have a new favorite Star Trek: TNG Episode.  And would you believe that it involves “The Q”?  Formerly one of my least favorite characters and the one person who would ruin an episode for me flew to the other end of the spectrum and became my favorite.  Basically, Q becomes human as a punishment and is forced to experience being human for the first time.  However, the acting is so fantastic that I found myself laughing the whole episode.  So ironic that a dislike from season 1 and 2 is now one of my top episodes.  Well done, TNG.  Well done.

Let me start out by saying this post is in no way influenced by Carbonite itself.  I’m not getting anything for writing this, and chances are they’ll never see it.  Nevertheless, I feel the need to write it.

My mother needed a new laptop and who else would she enlist to help but her geek son.  Like most tech savy sons, I’ve been acting as her IT guy since about the 6th grade and continue to provide her support as needed (though the calls have dropped as she admittadly is getting a little techy herself…I’m so proud!).  She’s coming to visit this weekend and decided it’d be a great time for me to be able to set up a new laptop for her and transfer her files.

We landed a deal at Costco on Tuesday night on a Dell laptop with a Core-i3…better price than I’d seen and she approved the purchase.  I wanted to have it all set up for her when she got here but there was one problem: she’s in Indiana, I’m in Arizona.  That’s where Carbonite steps in.

She purchased a subscription to Carbonite a while back all on her own…she heard the commercials and decided she needed all her pictures (among other things) backed up.  She even set it up on her own and it’s been backing up ever since.  So when it came time to set up her laptop I decided to check it out and see if it could shorten the distance between machines.

With her permission, I logged into her online account, told it I was switching computers, picked the files I wanted to restore (some of them were specific to her old laptop) and clicked “Restore”.  Software installed, account switched over, and the files started downloading to the new locations I’d set up.  It was that easy!  Better yet, Carbonite freezes the backup when you start restoring, which means I didn’t have to worry about my mom’s old laptop starting to backup files while I was in the middle of it.

In summary, I was blown away at how easy it was to use while still providing access to advanced features like file versioning and individual file selection.  At $54.95 a year for unlimited space, it really is a bargain…after all, isn’t your data worth $5 a month? 🙂

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