Backup WordPress Database, Themes, Plugins & Uploads To Dropbox, Amazon S3

Backup WordPress Dropbox & Amazon S3In the past we have told you about several ways to backup your WordPress database using command line and other techniques, along with backing up your FTP files.

If you find the manual backup process tedious there are several plugins which allow you to automate the backup and email you a copy of the data. However, I just came across another neat WordPress plugin which will allow you to backup your WordPress database, theme files, plugin files and more to your Dropbox account, Amazon S3 or FTP host.

The plugin which is called WP Time Machine, is definitely a neat one if you want to store offsite backups of all your data. The plugin allows you to backup all the files inside the wp-content folder and also your MySQL database. Time machine can be configured to run periodically through a WordPress Cron Job.

In addition to that, it also backs up your .htaccess file so that you can restore it if there are any problems. Visit to learn more about the plugin and start downloading it.

Backing up data is a good exercise which will help you in the long run.  To top that Dropbox is a decent alternative as it provides users with 2GB free space and the ability to access files from virtually anywhere. If you don’t have a account yet, sign up for a free Dropbox account.


Review of Wise Registry Cleaner Free

[Windows Only]

wise-registry-cleaner-iconWould you pay good money for a program, if you could get some of the same features for free? How many ridiculous TV commercials have you seen for Double-My-Speed or My-Clean-PC? Both of those programs are from Cyberdefender, which many people claim is a scam.   One of the main components of these questionable programs, is a registry cleaner.

There are many free registry cleaning programs out there. The idea behind them is that they remove registry entries that are not needed, thereby speeding up the PC. I recently tried one named Wise Registry Cleaner Free.

Below, the first image shows the Wise cleaner in action. As you can see, the scanning can be adjusted to include or exclude several types of registry entries. Once the scanning is done, a click on the Fixbutton takes care of the cleanup.


This program is a free but limited version, and you’ll notice an upgrade button in the toolbar. However, it contains everything most other registry cleanup utilities have.

The most important feature any registry cleaner should have, is a way to backup the registry settings before making any permanent changes to the Windows registry. The Wise cleaner has very good backup features, easily found by hitting the second button in the toolbar. You can create a System Restore Point, or a full registry backup. I recommend doing both of these before doing any registry cleanup.


One additional feature is the registry defragmenter, which is initiated from the main toolbar. Once it’s running, it will analyzethe registry and then offer you a chance to defragment it. This supposedly helps Windows run a bit faster, since the registry is better organized after a defrag.


Wise Registry Cleaner Free is offered in a regular and a portable version.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Some people claim that registry cleaners are a waste of time and possibly dangerous . I am still undecided as to how much good they do, but I’ve never had any bad mishaps using them. If your PC is running a bit slow, this cleaner may help speed things back up. I believe it’s very safe to use as long as you take advantage of the backup features.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Transfer/Backup Opera Settings, Profile and Sessions

Quite recently, I got a new laptop and wanted to move data from the old one to the new one. Just like and , does have a Sync service called as "Opera Link" which will allow you to sync your Bookmarks, Personal Bar, Typed History, Speed Dial, Notes and Search Engines to another computer.

Import & Export Opera Settings, Profile and Sessions

However, Opera Link does not sync your current sessions and passwords with the new computer. If you are looking to do that, a software called Stu’s Opera Settings Import & Export Tool which allows you to export your settings, profile and sessions to an archive and then later on import it back to another computer.

Migrate Opera Data and Sessions

Using this tool you can backup and/or migrate your Opera settings and data from one computer to another including your Bookmarks, Saved Sessions, Mail and chat data, Contacts, Notes, Searches, Preferences, Cookies, History, User scripts and more.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Techie Buzz Recommended Software

I started using Opera Link today to sync my data in the cloud (thanks to quite a few people’s suggestion on ) but for the Opera Settings Import & Export software a much more comprehensive way to migrate everything to my new computer.

I found the import and export process to be a piece of cake and I was able to move my Opera settings and session to the new computer in less than 5 minutes. Totally Awesome and a highly recommended download.

Ratings: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

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Import/Copy Music & Playlists From iPhone, iPod or iPad to Your Computer or iTunes

Have you ever come across a situation where you have had to wipe out your OS or buy a new one because the old one has crashed and have had a headache to sync your , or back to iTunes.

Import iPod Music and Playlists to iTunes

Well GizmoRip is a software which will allow you to import your music and playlists from your iPhone, iPod or iPad back to your computer or even import it directly to your iTunes.

GizmoRip will help you to recover all of your favorite music and videos in just a few quick steps, import your playlists directly into iTunes. It supports the latest version of iTunes (10.0.1) and is absolutely free to use.

Another good use of this software would be to copy music from another iDevice to your computer and then sync it with another device.

Techie Buzz Verdict


GizmoRip takes away a major headache of synching your iDevice with your computer or iTunes and is a definite download. It supports the iPhone, iPod Touch and other variants and also the iPad.

To top it GizmoRip is absolutely free, which makes this a must download and one of our highly recommended software.

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DriveSMART : Know Your Hard Disk Health

DriveSmart is a free tool that checks the health of your hard drive. In case your drive health is deteriorating, the application will alert you about the damage so that you have a chance to backup valuable data on the disk before the disk crashes. The application uses S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) to track the health of your hard disk.

Why do you need it ?

S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology that can be found in almost all modern hard disks. This resides inside your hard disk and keeps track of some parameters like temperature, disk heads, surface state, electronics, etc. Once it senses any danger it pings the user about the problem. The error report takes time to show up as the disk tries to recover on its own. This is where DriveSmart comes into play. It accesses the S.M.A.R.T data and lets you know about the condition, so you have enough time to get your backup.

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Techie-Buzz Verdict:

The tool is available for Windows (XP Home and Professional, 2K Professional and Server, Me, NT 4.0 Workstation & Server, 98, 95b, 2003 Server) and Mac (OS X 10.2 and 10.3). Unfortunately, the tool is not available yet for Windows 7 and Vista. I recommend this tool to everyone who has any of the supported OS installed.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good)

BackupAnywhere is a Simple USB Backup Tool That Supports Folder Sync

[Windows only]: USB Drives are very vulnerable to data loss, a malware attack and you may lose all the data. It makes sense to use a handy USB backup tool and regularly sync the content of your USB drive with a folder in your computer.

Consider a scenario, you work in multiple computers and rely on using a USB drive for carrying important documents, programs and files. At the end of the day, you want to create a backup of your entire USB drive so that if you lose any data, you can restore the data using the last backup.

You may also want to create a local folder on your computer and sync it’s content with the USB drive.

Enter BackUpAnyWhere a free portable program for Windows which lets you perform automated USB backups and sync the content with a folder in your computer. Run the program and you will be asked to choose a directory for the backup:


Hit Set directoryand choose a directory from your hard drive where you want the USB data to be copied:


Now hit Start backupand sit back while the files are copied. The software will mirror all the content of your USB drive in the specified directory on your hard drive.

Apart from a backup tool, the utility also supports synchronizing folders between the flash drive and a directory on your hard drive. When you run the program for the second time, you will be shown the option to either backup your USB drive or choose to sync the content with a directory:


If you want to automate the backup job, remember to select the check box Automated mode. Now whenever you plug in the USB drive, the backup process will start on it’s own.

Related reading: How to Backup USB Drives using a USB Image tool

Techie Buzz Verdict

The software works great but one drawback spotted you can’t pause or stop the backup once it starts. I would love to see a list of files that are backed up being shown in the program interface.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

How to Copy DVDs the Right Way with DVDShrink

dvd-ico Have you ever heard of DVDShrink? It’s a freeware program that allows you to make backup copies of your movie DVDs. The shrinkpart of the name of this software is the real power behind it. Movies are usually distributed on dual layer DVDs, while most blank DVDs are only single layer. The DVDShrink program can allow you to shrink a dual layer movie onto a single layer blank disk. However, there are a few tricks you need to know if you want to do it the right way and get the best possible copy.

I’ve used DVDShrink for years, but I never did know the finer points to using it. I always used it to create backup ISO files that I stored on my hard drives. Fortunately, I know someone who does know a good many tricks for using this freeware. Jim Hillier has posted a complete how toon one of my favorite newsletters Dave’s Computer Tips.

Here’s that post: How to use DVDShrink… The Right Way!

Wait! Before you head over there, here are a few things you might want to know.

• Where is the download for DVDShrink? The home site of DVDShrink is at, however, you won’t find a link to download it there. I always go to the DVDShrink page at Afterdawn to get the latest version.

• If you have any questions about DVDShrink, just post a comment below and I’ll ask Jim to lend a hand.

• If you’d like to read a good monthly newsletter, be sure to sign up for Dave’s Computer Tips.

Backup Your Device Drivers with Double Driver

IN A WINDOWS PC, the drivers are some of the most important files you need to keep everything working as it should. The drivers control all of the hardware devices in your PC. So when they don’t work, your display, or sound, or CD/DVD drives, or networking cards may not be working.

Usually, this happens when you are setting up a new PC that you don’t have the original install disks for. I’ve had it happen many times and the only solution is to search the internet for the correct drivers, then install them.

If you have all of your required drivers, re-installing Windows will most likely be a trouble free experience. The best place to get the drivers is off of the PC that’s going to need them. Over the years, I’ve gotten a little smarter. After a successful install of Windows, one of the first things I do is back up all of the system drivers someplace safe. I’ve found one of the best ways to do this is to use a driver backup utility.

double-driver-icon Double Driver is a good freeware driver backup solution. It’s not a large download and it’s also a portable application, meaning, you can take the program with you on a flash card or USB drive. There’s no need to install it since it will run right from the portable drive.


Installation is easy. Download the zip file, extract it to a folder, then double click the dd.exe file to start Double Driver.

Once it’s running, click the Scan button to make Double Driver scan your PC for all of the driver files.

By default, the drivers you need to back up will already be selected. However, it never hurts to back them all up. You can select all of the drivers from the Select menu.


Once you’ve selected all the drivers you wish to back up, then you only need to hit the Backup button to start the process. You’ll have an option to change the backup settings at this point.


The default options are fine unless you need to compress the files because of limited space in your backup location. The default option to Include Double Driveris a bonus that’s worthy of praise. After all, it’s likely you’ll only need to restore the drivers to a system which doesn’t already have Double Driver on it.

Restoring the drivers on a PC is also very easy. Navigate to the folder where you have the backup drivers stored, then double click the dd.exe file.


Once Double Driver is running, hit the Restore button and you’ll see your drivers listed, selected, and ready for you to hit the Restore button once again.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Double Driver meets almost every good point that I use to judge software. It’s freeware, portable, useful, easy to use, bug free and runs on most versions of Windows. I have no problem recommending it as a must have.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

How To Create and Use System Restore Points

I often create backups of my registry files when I’m getting ready to try out new software. Lately, I’ve been setting System Restore Pointsas well. Why would I do this? Let’s ask Microsoft.

Quote from Microsoft: Every time you download or install a new game, application, or software update, you make changes to your computer. Sometimes that change may make your system unstable. Have you ever wanted to go back to the way it was? With System Restore, you can.(source)

What is a System Restore Point?

System Restore is a Windows feature that takes snapshots of the system files and registry at regular intervals or during important system events. The snapshots are stored as System Restore Points (SRP). If you run into a problem, you can often use a previous SRP to undo many of the changes to your system that created the problem.

It’s not fool proof. Sometimes it didn’t correct the problems I had. Most of the time, it does a good job as long as the Restore Point isn’t very old. Since it seems to be important to use a recent SRP, I often set my own SRP just before installing software. I’ll show you how to do this below.

How to Create a System Restore Point

In Windows XP, use your start menu to go to Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.

You should see this:


Set the button on Create a restore pointand click Next. At the next screen, you’ll be able to type in a name or description for your restore point.


In Vista and Win7, you can set an SRP just as easily.

Click your Start button, then type restore, then click the entry that says Create a restore point.


Next you’ll see a screen like this:


Click the Createbutton and you’ll get a window that will let you choose a description for the new SRP.


How to Use a Restore Point to Recover from a Problem

In WinXP, you can use the Start menu as shown above to find the System Restore settings.

When you get to the System Restore panel, select Restore my computer to an earlier time.

You’ll get a window that will let you select a restore point.


Once you have an SRP selected, hit the Nextbutton to start the recovery. You’ll get a screen with some info on it and you’ll have to click Nextone final time. The computer will restart.

In Vista and Win7, you can click the start button and type restore. You’ll need to click the entry labeled Restore your computer to an earlier time.


You’ll get a window up that let’s you start System Restore. Then you’ll be able to select an SRP to recover.


Once you have one selected, hit the Nextbutton, and then the Finishbutton to confirm it. Your computer will reboot and hopefully everything will be better.


Now that you have the general idea, don’t forget that setting a System Restore Point could save you time and trouble when you try out new software. If you have any suggestions or questions, be sure to comment below.

Firefox Officially gets Weave Sync with Weave 1.0 Release

Browser backups allow us to carry our complete browser settings and data anywhere. This is done by syncing content from our browser to over a cloud storage which is accessible from our particular accounts. This feature is present in Opera as Opera links and now we have official support for Weave Sync. If you are still wondering what Weave is,

Weave is a free add-on for Firefox that syncs your data — bookmarks, browsing history, open tabs, Personas and stored passwords — across multiple PCs running Firefox and supported mobile devices.

Currently, Weave is available as an add-on but it will be officially a part of Firefox from later this year. Weave once installed, will not interrupt your browsing experience with annoying prompts but works pretty much in the background. Weave syncing can be done on the Mozilla server as well as a server of our choice.  Weave Sync works really fast and restoring a saved online backup is a matter of around half a minute.

This release has been long awaited. Though, the next release of Weave Sync, version 1.1 will feature the syncing of add-ons as well. This makes Weave a complete backup solution for all our Firefox settings. To download Weave Sync version 1.0, visit this link.