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For backups, I would recommend Restic. The author mentions Tarsnap, and if you don't want to back up five terabytes that is probably great, but after a few gigabytes it's just not economical for private persons. If you're on hacker news (i.e. the 'engineer' the author was talking about), odds are that storing a hard drive connected to a raspberry pi at your parents' and using Restic as client is an extremely cheap way of backing up many terabytes securely.

For Windows users that were wondering, Restic doesn't back up files that are opened exclusively.

VSS support on Windows is an open issue:


I have a few gigabytes on tarsnap for pennies a day.

Hence "after a few gigabytes".

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