My mom called me yesterday from the hospital with some terrible news. My father has suffered a massive heart attack and has passed away. My father was 67 years old and in relatively good health. He had suffered another heart attack 12 years ago but had really turned his life around after that event.
My father was a wonderful man who was loved by everyone that met him. He was the best father my brother or I could have ever asked for…. He was kind, loving and a gentle soul that loved life and always set a wonderful example for my brother and I. My brother and I loved him so much and we are going to miss him so much. Life just won’t seem the same without him and words can’t describe the sadness we all feel. He was a wonderful husband, friend and partner to my mother and they loved each other tremendously.
|Dr. Suresh M. Carpenter (1940 – 2007)
Update: (Nov 3, 2007)
Thank you to everyone who has called, written, and emailed with their condolences, thoughts and prayers. My family and I really appreciate the kind words, prayers, moments of remembrance and the wonderful stories you’ve shared about our father. We are all doing well, given the circumstances but all of the support we’ve received from friends and family has been instrumental in helping us deal with our loss.
A lot of you have asked about sending flowers and while we really appreciate the thought, I think my dad would have preferred a donation to further Parkinson’s research. My mom suffers from Parkinson and my dad wanted to see a cure for Parkinson in his and her lifetime. I don’t want anyone to feel compelled to do anything or give anything but if you want to send flowers, we would rather you donate to one of the many wonderful Parkinson’s research and support organization. I am rather partial to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and would encourage you to donate to help cure Parkinson’s.
Just heard a interview with Eric Clapton on NPR where he talked about his musical influences as a young man with Melissa Block, which got me in the mood for some Clapton.
I have or should say had been a Carbonite user for almost an year but issues after issues finally got to me and the lack of new features that were long promised but never delivered forced me to start looking at the automated online backup again and I am so glad I did, as I’ve found Mozy. I’ve had numerous problems with Carbonite and their customer service was crappy. So I decided to give up on Carbonite even though I had already pre-paid for 2 years – I guess it’s better to lose $80.00 than all your data.
Mozy is similar to Carbonite in some regards but has a much richer feature set that makes it a better offering. Like Carbonite, Mozy installs a small client on your Windows XP/Vista or OS X desktop that runs in the background and backs up files over the Internet using your broadband connection. But that’s where the similarities end. Carbonite is a fairly bare-bones offering which may be ok for most novice users but Mozy offers several configuration options like creation of backup sets, file versions, access to your files via the web and many other features.
One of the best and most important feature that set Mozy and Carbonite apart is the fact that you can actually get your backed files back. Wow! What a concept – I know I know. When I first installed Carbonite, I did several test restores and they worked fine but when I had been backing up for several months and really need to restore something, Carbonite let me down. Mozy on the other hand has never done that. Another awesome feature of Mozy is that fact they don’t really throttle your bandwidth after you’ve uploaded 50 GB. Carbonite seems to limit upload bandwidth to about 2 GB a day and then throttle it down after you reach 50 GB. Mozy doesn’t seem to play any of those games and allows uploads that are supported by your bandwidth. On an average day, I think I was uploading about 5+ GB.
Another recent event that makes Mozy even more attractive to me is the purchase of Berkeley Data Systems, providers of Mozy online backup by EMC Corporation. As you probably know, EMC is the leader is the storage market and owns Documentum, VMWare, and RSA among other technology companies.
So if you are looking for a great, reliable and affordable backup solution for your home computer, you should check out Mozy.