Tuesday, 19 April 2005

a safe place to store AOL Journals?

i only have a second but i wanted to post my latest findings since the ballyhoo with AOL deleting entire journals because of supposed TOS violations in which they cite improper files being uploaded to FTP (which as far as i can see, aren't really FTP issues at all) but rather a case of "inappropriate linking" to material AOL considers offensive
anywayyyyy .. if AOL has the power and uses the power to delete journals at will, even if afterwards they determine that a mistake was made and there was NO TOS violation, the journal is still gone .. period .. end of discussion

so i need to backup my journal to a safe place since AOL is no longer safe

i discovered a program (free) right here ..
here is there blurb for the product .. "It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site's relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the "mirrored" website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system."  

in other words, creating a mirror of my journal safely on my computer  

i had given consideration to moving my journal, entry by entry over to my journal on blogspot .. sheesh .. 2 years worth of entries?  

so instead i decided on copying my journal onto my own computer ..  

the program took a little tweaking for setting options, specifically the browser identity and HTML footer, which i set for using the HTT Tracker Website Copier ..
everything seems to be working, it only took 55 minutes to copy my entire journal .. much easier than saving each entry separately either on my computer or another journal  

so, if anyone else is giving consideration to making your journal "safe", you might want to give this program a try :)

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