I've given up on addressing the laundry. It's washed--I've decided to see if it will fold itself.
I remain hopeful about starting to get my thoughts straight on the data-security post.
I've watched Kamikaze Girls. It was deeply entertaining. Quirky. Kinda like if Quentin Tarantino decided to remake Amelie in Kill Bill style. Well worth picking up--regardless if you are Japanese film fan or not.
I had to settle for burning just a couple of backup disks at this point. Instead of doing an image of my drive, I've just been burning cd's of my important folders and files. Sometimes it's better to do an image of your hard drive. Other times just getting the files themselves gives you more flexibility. The burner in my main unit is 10x speed (yeah, I know) and was taking just too long to process the files. So I got the brilliant idea to just dump copies onto my 40GB iPod and then hook it up to Lavie's pc and run the burns off it (since her cd/dvd writer is significantly faster).
Worked great--well half-way.
See, I connect the iPod to the main desktop pc using a Firewire cable. Only, it turns out Lavie's laptop doesn't have a Firewire port. And I left my iPod's USB 2.0 cable at work.
Oh my kingdom for want of a cable.
Anyway. Another day. In the meantime I've been zipping up the folders to save space on the cd's. I use two main zip program: ZipGenius and 7-zip. I like 7-zip a touch better, but the interface is really a pain. ZipGenius integrates nicely with the shell and also has some useful plugins. As an added bonus, if you have a really big folder you are zipping, you can let it break the zip up into cd sized chunks. Handy. For light single-file or so zip jobs, I just use the ones integrated in freeCommander or A43.
Here's a bonus tip for those of you who are backing up your zip files to cd. Save room and be sure to drop the zip-program(s) setup-file to each cd as well. You may find down the road that you need to unzip them and if there are any compatibility problems with future versions or a different compression application, having the original compression program/version you used handy will save you a ton of grief.
Hope your skies are clearing,