@ZippyV: They could have chosen a name that doesn't sound like it's going to be the number one cause of traffic accidents once released...
Unfortunately it looks to be the other way around. Recent events, such as the police protests against De Blasio, have shown that there's a culture in (some parts of) the (US) police that their actions shouldn't scrutinised and that they shouldn't have to face accountability for their actions. Even if the majority of officers believe themselves to be benevolent this is an unacceptable culture.
This is despite the reality that they undoubtedly get an easy ride. Recently, for instance, we have seen two grand juries, whose standard of evidence is probable cause, reject to charge two officers in cases where there most likely was probable cause (Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the latter case is somewhat more questionable, but the process followed by the prosecutor has turned out to be so flawed the decision carries very little legitimacy).
And what's going on this world? Was it always like this?
No, it used to be worse. Contrary to what the media portray the world is getting better every day.
@spivonious: The website is a bit ambiguous about this for the personal version. As far as I'm concerned when I'm paying for the space I'm going to choose what I put in it.
CrashPlan looks like it might do what I want, though.
1. What does Carbonite back up?
All Personal plans back up the following types of files in your Users folders:*
*Any file over 4 GB must be manually added to your backup.
**Video files are backed up automatically with the Prime plan. They can be added to your backup manually on a Basic or Plus plan.
Personal Plus and Prime plans also back up:
- External hard drives
- Operating system and software programs†
†Operating system and software programs are included in Mirror Image backup, which creates a full-system backup to a local drive.
Once you've got your clean install done take a disc image. Windows 8 manages to hide this feature like hell, but it's still built in (File History, System image backup hiding in the bottom left corner):
Edit: Of course this is only any good when making a clean install (unless you want to specifically restore all your user files/applications in this way too)