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Student Offers $1,000 for Data on Stolen Laptop [5 years working on thesis - never made a backup]
yahoo.com ^ | April 26, 2013 | Abby Ellin

Posted on 04/26/2013 10:05:30 PM PDT by grundle

That's the price Jingming Zhang, 28, a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J., is offering for the data on his laptop, which was stolen on April 19.

Zhang was so distraught that he posted a flyer on the wall of the Wright-Rieman building, from where his computer was taken sometime between 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

"If you stole my laptop and now you are reading this letter, I would like to say that you can keep the computer and I would like to pay you money for my data under D drive," he wrote. "The data is my FIVE-YEAR work."

Zhang's laptop had been in an unlocked room in Wright-Rieman, which houses laboratories.

Moral of the story: Lock your door. And always back up your data.

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So one scumbag thief ends up destroying five years work.

Not to pick on the victim, as it's not his fault - but how could he not make any backups on something that he worked on for five years?

1 posted on 04/26/2013 10:05:30 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

I guess he at least learned 1 thing!


2 posted on 04/26/2013 10:08:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: grundle

He doesn’t need the data. He isn’t smart enough to get through a successful life anyway.


3 posted on 04/26/2013 10:10:23 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: grundle

I’ve saw a multi-million dollar company go under, once, because they’d never bothered to swap the tape in their automated backup system. We’d built the system, for them, to run daily incrementals M-Th, and full backups on F. We’d even eject the tape, when we were done. All they had to do was to put in the next day’s tape (or the next of the set of four F tapes), when they came in in the morning.

When their disk packed up, it turned out that they’d been pushing the Tu tape back in, every day, and their most recent full backup was ten months old.

We made sure they got our bill, before they declared bankruptcy.


4 posted on 04/26/2013 10:11:21 PM PDT by jdege
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To: umgud

I know plenty of smart people who lack common sense..it appears he is one of them.


5 posted on 04/26/2013 10:15:06 PM PDT by aft_lizard
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To: grundle

It sounds like he suspects somebody in the government stole it. The thief gets to keep the computer and make a 1000 bucks if the guy gets his folder back. The thief has to be somebody in the government. Probably a politician.


6 posted on 04/26/2013 10:15:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I got expelled from the "fundamental transformation" indoctrination center.)
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To: jdege

Never underestimate the bandwidth of an SUV full of hard drives going the speed limit.


7 posted on 04/26/2013 10:16:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: grundle
This is an prime example of people being educated beyond their intelligence.

Must be working on Global warming.

8 posted on 04/26/2013 10:16:42 PM PDT by Jackson Brown
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To: grundle

Now that he has put out his desperation in mentioning a/the grand instead of mentioning just a ‘good/nice/fair etc. reward’, (the crook might have been thinking 50 bucks would be fine before, if a buy back was offered to him, but not now!!) The person with that lap top can now decide a grand ain’t gonna get it! The price of poker just went up imo.


9 posted on 04/26/2013 10:28:02 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: bobby.223

PhD huh? Sounds like he’s got some work to do. Like a lot of “docs”, he’s not as bright as he thinks. I’ve known quite a few and they, for the most part, were pretty useless. Not in my foxhole thank you very much.


10 posted on 04/26/2013 10:35:28 PM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: grundle
I'm still no expert with it, but so far I have been happy with SpiderOak cloud backup.

https://spideroak.com

11 posted on 04/26/2013 10:42:41 PM PDT by TChad (Call them Oppressives, not Progressives)
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To: grundle

>>Not to pick on the victim, as it’s not his fault

But it is. No different than leaving your keys in the ignition when shopping. This was just waiting to happen and what with Dropbox, Google Drive, and many other drag and drop places to back up data, there is no excuse for it.

Also, a word to the wise - one backup is not enough. If it is corrupted for some reason, and that does happen, you’re screwed. Rotate versions once a week over the period of a month - doesn’t take long.


12 posted on 04/26/2013 10:46:33 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: aft_lizard

That is so true!


13 posted on 04/26/2013 10:50:52 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died.)
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To: grundle

No backup on his life’s work, and he asks the thief to give him contact info so he can reward him ...
What a maroon!


14 posted on 04/26/2013 10:59:02 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: grundle

All you need is Sugar Sync. It automatically syncs up with what you are doing on your laptop as long as it is connected to the internet. And most college campus have wifi everywhere.
I helped set up a few relatives in college with it. They get the paying editions for about $50/year. They have free editions which keep 5Gb in “the cloud” for you or a student

There are other services like Sugar Sync.
Say the student is typing a paper into MS Word. Every time he presses save button (or control+S) he is saving what he has done thus far onto his hard drive AND onto “the cloud” with Sugar Sync

This student with stolen laptop could have survived with the free 5GB edition I am sure. The paper he worked on for years could not have been more than 10-100mb depending on how much graphics


15 posted on 04/26/2013 10:59:21 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: Slings and Arrows

FWIW


16 posted on 04/26/2013 11:01:40 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: grundle

Was his master thesis titled “The Importance of Backing Up Information”?


17 posted on 04/26/2013 11:04:00 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: rktman

Yes, this was how it was explained to me, as I remember on a particular occasion, after I was hired as a Ph.D. in 1979. I related a few years ago on this forum, when asked about my FR tag, how I was regaled with stories of Ph.D. new hires sitting all day and shooting rubber bands into the waste basket, and how I was given this appellation by a coworker in the spirit of gentle ( as I choose to believe ) ribbing. All in all, I made out OK. No complaints.


18 posted on 04/26/2013 11:04:30 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

Hey doc. Not all PhD’s are useless I agree. But sometimes I have to wonder how some of them were able to put a thesis together. Our oldest daughter has just been accepted in to a PhD program at 46 so hopefully some of her life experience will guide her well. And, congrats on making it work for you. LOL!


19 posted on 04/26/2013 11:08:45 PM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: dennisw

His laptop that got stolen goes for good money on ebay. If this was his life’s work he should have backed it up on an external hard drive....less than $70 these days. Got one for a college student. He never used it but he did use Sugar Sync so if his laptop was stolen or hard drive crashed all his important work was backed up in “the cloud”


20 posted on 04/26/2013 11:09:51 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: grundle

This guy has a bright future ahead of himself in the Federal government.


21 posted on 04/26/2013 11:14:56 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: grundle
I am in no way condoning theft, or making a blanket condemnation of cluelessness, but...

This individual is too stupid to deserve "phd" after his name.
Or perhaps that is an extreme demonstration of the current state of scholarship in the U.S.

I can't imagine even jr. high schoolers failing the "backup regularly" common sense test.
This story just boggles the brain...

He could have bought 900 2Gb memory sticks with that $1000. And 8 seconds each time he saved the document.

22 posted on 04/26/2013 11:42:14 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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How do these people function? How is it possible, with all the changes, revisions, etc., that he would have made to his research over 5 years, did he not save a copy?

I’m taking a break right now while I’m writing a paper (I’m a professor & PhD). Even when I’m taking little breaks like this, I backup to two locations. How could he have functioned in school without backing up his stuff?

I’m in a semi-technical field and know a bunch of Chinese PhDs - I can’t picture any of them doing something so foolish. I feel bad for the guy.

Hey! I just thought - if he’s really set to defend, his chair must have a copy of the dissertation (or at least an email with the diss attached) because the committee had to read it before allowing him to set a date for the defense! Maybe he’ll be alright.


23 posted on 04/26/2013 11:57:53 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: grundle
I'm instantly skeptical.

Read the same story at the University of Iowa 15 years ago, and read the same story before that at CU Boulder 20 years ago.

My instinct - someone’s got a critical academic deadline to meet, and they haven't done the work.

Computer disappears, then, they get an automatic extension.

24 posted on 04/27/2013 12:12:05 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: grundle

Like the old biker says: “If you got a ten dollar head, wear a ten dollar helmet.”


25 posted on 04/27/2013 1:15:13 AM PDT by glock rocks (Slippin into darkness, when I hear my mama say ...)
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To: expat1000

And backups of really valuable information should be kept in a minimal of two locations, just in case his apartment goes up in flames and takes his computer and original backups.


26 posted on 04/27/2013 1:45:21 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: grundle

No kidding! Has he never heard of a flash drive?

Everyone I know who has done a thesis in the last 5 years, immediately transfers it, for this exact reason.

Five years of work, I feel for the kid.


27 posted on 04/27/2013 1:48:02 AM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: publius911

I wouldn’t call,him stupid. He simply trusted too much in that nothing would happen.


28 posted on 04/27/2013 1:48:15 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Jonty30

>>And backups of really valuable information should be kept in a minimal of two locations, just in case his apartment goes up in flames and takes his computer and original backups.

Sure, in the situation where you have lots of data that has to be backed up to hardware. I used to take a second copy of backup tapes home when I was an I.T. manager.

But what makes this such a no-brainer, is this guy likely just had document files and maybe some Powerpoint stuff or something that could probably fit in the 5 GB he could get free with Google Drive many times over. Just copy and paste for cripes sake. I have zero sympathy for him.


29 posted on 04/27/2013 2:04:27 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Jackson Brown
This is an prime example of people being educated beyond their intelligence.

That is exactly what I was going to post. Happens often in FreepLand.

30 posted on 04/27/2013 3:17:16 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: grundle

I made so many back-ups on CDs, flash drives and paper that I sometimes became confused as to what was the latest version. I carried the flashdrive with me!

I learned to do all that because of a story a professor told me years earlier: When he was a graduate student his car (with his dissertation inside) was stolen. He never saw either item again. Thankfully he had sent his father a photocopy of his work for safe keeping!


31 posted on 04/27/2013 3:24:03 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: grundle

That is one of the things I love about Windows 8.....you get 5 GB free Skydrive space. More if you buy Office 2013.

Your Skydrive is in your folder, like a local drive.

You can access your files from any computer, even if it does not have Office on it.


32 posted on 04/27/2013 3:34:50 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: zeestephen
I'm instantly skeptical.

Mr too. Either this is an internet myth or a scam to get more time to do the work.

33 posted on 04/27/2013 3:37:33 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: Erik Latranyi

How does this differ from DropBox, which has been around for several years, enables private storage, sharing peer to peer with prior user approval and provides notification of modification to all users, or entirely public files?

DropBox is available for free to anyone, no need for Windows 8. Works just fine on XP, icon right on the desktop if you want.


34 posted on 04/27/2013 3:41:33 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: grundle

Lenovo Thinkpad T420S? I’m surprised it last 5yrs and didn’t crash long before that, losing all his data.

Back-up yer stuff.


35 posted on 04/27/2013 4:44:36 AM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

You can also synch your Skydrive folder among multiple computers. MS has had the service for years now in several versions (livesynch, livemesh, etc) and it’s always been free.


36 posted on 04/27/2013 4:46:48 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: dennisw

Even a novice can see the problem with putting your backup “in the cloud”. As long as it is nothing you care anything about, you are OK.

A server somewhere in India or China may not be the safest place to store your data, even if “encrypted”.


37 posted on 04/27/2013 4:49:13 AM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

DropBox is awesome; automatic backups to the cloud, auto sync to multiple devices, and automatic versioning of every document saved. This has saved me numerous times where I revised a document, didn’t like the result, and simply recovered an earlier version from a prior day.


38 posted on 04/27/2013 4:58:48 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: grundle

Jingming means Bass in Chinese. Zhang means Dumb in Chinese. The Chinese have the last name first so we would call this guy who never made a backup of his work Dumb Bass.


39 posted on 04/27/2013 5:02:07 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: grundle

An oldie but a goodie.

Tech support call from someone experiencing an ID Ten T (Id10t) error.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TSWnR1LdnA


40 posted on 04/27/2013 5:06:08 AM PDT by brewer1516
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To: grundle

never made a backup? he got what he deserves.


41 posted on 04/27/2013 5:22:14 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: RegulatorCountry
How does this differ from DropBox, which has been around for several years, enables private storage, sharing peer to peer with prior user approval and provides notification of modification to all users, or entirely public files?

Essentially, not very different, except MS has integrated Skydrive into the OS and Office now, making it seemless. No dragging and dropping....just save the file where you want.

Also, with my Windows Phone, every picture I take is automatically uploaded to Skydrive and instantly available on my tablet without my having to do anything.

42 posted on 04/27/2013 7:04:37 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: AppyPappy

I agree with you on business they should look closely at the backup options. So if you own a business you will not use carbonite or sugar sync for back up? You will back up to a remote computer/hard drive of your own?


43 posted on 04/27/2013 7:10:34 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

You should not send data out. Data is held internally. Once it “leaves the building”, you no longer have control of it.
Data is held on servers, they get backed up and the backup media goes to a vault.


44 posted on 04/27/2013 7:17:56 AM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: zeestephen

That was my first thought too. But that’s the kind of student I was...


45 posted on 04/27/2013 7:20:53 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: AppyPappy

Thanks and that’s the best way but you must admit plenty of businesses are using cloud backup services and this is all they use. Amazon S3 was a big early entry in 2006


46 posted on 04/27/2013 7:32:37 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: Paladin2

Last time I heard that, it was a station wagon full of magnetic tape.


47 posted on 04/27/2013 7:42:12 AM PDT by jdege
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To: dennisw

I’m sure it is very convenient.


48 posted on 04/27/2013 7:42:59 AM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: grundle

As a person who does field support for laptops I have helped several people who have lost data. Most are very successful in their chosen line of work. They are people who are focused on their job in the company. Sometimes they were responsible for bring large profits to the company. Most of the time I was dealing with failed hard drives. Recovering data has a pretty good chance of success. Instead of berating these people I remember the profits they produce pay my salary. I am there so they can focus on their role in the company and not on IT. Security policy can make back ups difficult for many user. I told a financial adviser that “I understand the stock market and investments, but I still use people like yourself for advice, like wise you should have a basic understanding computer but expect support from people like me. “

After saying all that if an employee lost that much data in the business world they would probably be fired.


49 posted on 04/27/2013 7:54:15 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (Normal isn't normal anymore.)
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To: tumblindice

No backup on his life’s work, and he asks the thief to give him contact info so he can reward him ...
What a maroon!


Lets hear about your plan to MAYBE get it back....since you’re obviously not a maroon......crickets.


50 posted on 04/27/2013 7:53:24 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Half black,half white......A SKUNK?........................ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS.(It"s the Law))
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