Etherpunks' mail is handled by Google Accounts, so I can get that cool snazzy GMail service. Every now and then I notice I'm using around 400MB or so of space (of the allowed 2GB or something -- Google Accounts doesn't get the same amount of space as regular GMail accounts) and want to delete things. My first thought is "what if I delete something I want to keep?" and my very next thought is "hmm.. I need to backup everything... crap-taculous....". So I setup a POP3 account and being downloading. Google only allows you to download a few megabytes at a time -- probably to avoid slamming their servers, so getting all your mail can take a while. Something to note -- it downloads everything. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, I think. Such as sent items. All of this comes to your inbox. So don't forget to set filters to put things where they belong. Burn this folder/file (PST for those using Outlook) to a CD/DVD. Or put it in your regular backup storage.
I'm currently working on my servers. I want to make them even more ideal. I plan on nailing my firewall down to be a bit more strict. I'm also planning on putting some bandwidth caps on certain things (like torrents) and probably leave 10k upload speed for HTTP, 8k for SSH, and the rest for any.
I'm trying to figure out how I want backups to work. I've got two 160GB external USB drives that function, both of which have about 100GB of unique files, meaning this is going to get difficult.
OpenBSD 4.1 is going to be released around May 1, so that leaves a few more months to wait for that. Eventually I'm going to get or write some kind of Firefox extension or software that does these blogs better. I'm also going to try and write the modules I want. It's going to be a HUGE pain though.. but it's a project so time has no meaning.
Right now I have a Dell Dimension 2400 (acting as a firewall/nat/dhcp/dns), custom Athlon 2400xp + 1GB of memory, some cheapo computer a friend gave me, and my old laptop Dell Inspiron 8600. I'm fully expecting the laptop to not last long. The backlight is dead and laptop's aren't mean to be ran 24x7. Right now the Dell laptop is the test server, the cheapo is a half assed backup, and the custom one is the web / public server. I'm considering allowing FTP access, but I may just make a guest SSH account for those who may want to access some of my files (like friends or family).