It's Christmas Eve here in Australia, it's a sunny and beautiful 30C outside, and I've just finished my last-minute Christmas shopping with my daughter - who tried to tell her Mummy (yes, with a U) what we bought her for Christmas.
Well, last night my QNAP TS-639 PRO began making some weird noises when I was doing my weekly backup of my Battlefield 4 folder to it. For nearly 6 years it has been running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without a problem until 2 days before Christmas - just my luck, right? Well, I had to run out and buy a new HDD to backup the goods I had on there, but it seems it's not detecting one of my drives sitting in there in a RAID0 array.
Luckily that RAID array has nothing super important on it, but it serves as a good reminder to back up your precious moments over the holiday period. Millions of people across the world will be snapping photos and videos like mad over the holiday period, but not many people have backups of these. They'll keep them on the SD card (or whatever storage method your camera uses) and wait to back them up.
My advice? Back it up onto your PC, or better yet - your NAS if you have one - and onto cloud storage. There's no excuse these days to not have multiple backups with the amount of free cloud storage thrown around by Google, MS, Apple, Dropbox and everyone else.
Stay safe over the holidays, and I hope you have a memorable one this year! Spoil everyone around you and stay happy! We can't wait to bring you more awesome tech coverage next year, thanks for being our reader and more specifically keeping me in a job. I love you all!