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Murphy’s Law

This is going to be the only comic for this week. Computer BSoD'ed mid save on the original version of this comic. Came back to a corrupted file that refused to open (as-is or flattened.) Ps didn't recover anything on its own either. I ended up paying an online service to force the "end of file" issue the PSD file had, and it only recovered the top background. That was better than nothing, since that alone took me about 6 hours. I lost all the line work, the explosion/hotel portion, the pillars.. everything else. They all displayed blank layers with no content. So I had to make 75% of this comic from scratch. Twice. That corruption included the planned comic for Friday, which was already sketched out.  So I will be remaking that as well. These comics have a super long pipeline from start to finish, and I can deal with some blue screens on occasion. Losing SOME work between saves is obnoxious af, but doable. Losing entire files ..blergh. I'm saving each time to two different files now to combat this from happening again. I do backup my files, but not as frequently as I would naturally save. Computer is still working relatively well, compared to 2 months ago, but the crashes seem to flair up from time to time. Gonna look in to it more this weekend, so I don't lose another entire weekend of work. I will be back on the 19th. See you then. :)

108 thoughts on “Murphy’s Law

    1. That, or she found out that Ellie got fired……or LC decided that the party wasn’t hot/loud enough.

  1. Also, on the computer issues, may I suggest incremental saves? I do this with a lot of stuff. Call it [filename]1, then do something, save as [filename]2, etc. Also, make copies of everything, to a new location, every so often. It sounds like a pain, but it’s less painful than, well…

    Photoshop is notorious for this kind of thing. I’ve heard of so many people have these issues with it, over the years. And I always wonder why they don’t use some kind of strategy.

    1. I know what you mean with the incremental saves. There is a good/bad th8ng. The good thing is that you would only lose ‘X’ minutes of work. The bad th8ng, the increased space taken up by ‘Y’ number of files until said file is done. Then there is the logistics of having multiple copies on various media for backups after the original is done.

      I remember working with AutoCAD and phtoshop eons ago when zip disks roamed the land. I was buying those and blank cds by the gross almost. And that was on top of a file server accessible anywhere in the building. I would practically have two burned cds a week.

      Have a backup drive for weekly backups. One thumb drive for daily, two stick drives for hourly or less (15 minutes). That way, you’re forced.to take a break, stand up and see if the cat 8s stuck in the fireplace again.

      1. CAD was where I learned, the hard way, about regular backups. That was back in the Dos days, and floppies ruled the world. And died a lot.

        Today, I have a bunch of external HDs. Storage is now cheap, and expanding is easy.

        1. It’s also an old gamer habit of mine from the days of text and point-and-click adventure days.

          “Save early, save often.”

      2. I would suggest with this type of think happening so often looking into the cooling of your computer.
        If its a desktop then possibly cleaning and replacing the stock heatsink compound with at least arctic silver 5 or better compound and a case of canned air cleaning the case regularly.
        If it is a laptop find the nearest 12 year old computer geek and ask them to do the heatsink compound as it can be a nightmare to clean a laptop propperly.

        1. It’s most likely a long running bug with Photoshop. It tends to corrupt it’s save files on a regular basis, especially complex and/or large ones.

        2. I’d be leery about monkeying around too much with heat sinks for laptops. At work we had a series of Dell laptops (Latitude 600/800) that had a weird heat sink shared between CPU and GPU and if a service tech ever had to do something to remove the heat sink, it never quite made proper contact with the GPU again.

          It’s easy to download a free app that’ll tell you your CPU, GPU, & hard drive temperature at least. So it’s easy to monitor for that.

          Another reasonably likely culprit is Win 10 patches.

    1. But, but, but,

      Tara said that she wasn’t responsible for any collateral damage. And it looked like Loose Cannon took care of the skinny jeans and man buns to me.

        1. If it doesn’t continue past that, it’ll be much less damage than I expected, to be honest.

        2. I could imagine that it is possible that Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, New York, Texas, California, Alaska and Hawaii would have guard units that would be NBC trained and dedicated. But I’m kind of thinking that they would still have to put them on alert notice, call them to their unit’s home base, deploy them to Lakeland, most likely by air. If they have no chatter about anything happening, then it would be at least 12 hours minimum response time if this is a weekend.

          More likely the NBC response would come from Cherry Point. That might place it within 6 – 8 hours response time.

      1. The explosion is in the upper floors -that would be hotel suites/rooms, not the convention space where everyone was meeting. A hotel room implies alone time with someone special….
        So now I’m thinking a few of the assassin girrls decided to fall back on old habits.

        1. That or someone was sent on a diagonal trajectory from the ballroom through a massive portion of the hotel just to go out the corner of the roof. With the flame blast still there immediate collapse of the portions of the building with a compromised structure wouldn’t be starting yet.

      1. Busy remodeling my house, working on a thrash/death metal album, writing a fantasy trilogy and scripting a Visual Novel. In my free time I started started streaming video games on my you tube channel.

  2. HOLY $&*% RUSCHE. When I first saw this background on farcebork, in thought it was a photograph. Now looking at it, if you did that from scratch to get a photo realistic effect, you ARE NOT GETTING PAID ENOUGH.

        1. I put him in my top 4. I try not to have too many “favorites” but holy cow Rusche continues to impress me.

  3. The background looks amazing, it’s even more impressive that you accomplished it in 6 hours. GL with the computer issues, though, I’d have flipped several tables!

    1. If it wasn’t for his computer issues, Tables-Ř÷us would have been bankrupt years ago. And KiddiePools-we-Flip always sends him and his immediate family thank you cards, birthday cards, wedding invites, graduation invites, bar/bat mitzvah invites. Because at KiddiePools-we-Flip, we treat you like the family you never had, because you help to put ours through college.

  4. I hope you can solve the computer issue. Backups are hard to remember to do, especially if your system is running skookum for a long time.

    There’s been a spike in heat-related issues lately. Clean out your systems, and if that doesn’t work, consider the CPU heatsink. This happened to mine recently. I wonder if that could be going on with yours

  5. I don’t know if you already tried it, but a good thing to try with corrupted files is to try to open them with another application that knows how to read & write that format. Two free open source applications that can open and save Photoshop are GIMP & Krita, and while you may not like them well enough to use for making art, if they can open and then save a new copy that Photoshop can open, then you’re definitely ahead (might also be worth trying all you have and comparing what has the most recovered). Also, aside from being free, open source wouldn’t be paying Adobe for their library to open PSD files, so since it’s a different implementation it might naturally work with one thing that another (even the official one) doesn’t while the save might cut out the weirdness.

    This trick is well known for older versions of MS Office documents and OpenOffice/LibreOffice, though that’s because Microsoft decided to just tell users some features in files they want to deprecate means the file’s corrupted rather than admit they are just not supporting it, so a lot of the time it’s appearing to fix a corrupted file it’s actually just fixing corporate laziness on backwards compatibility.

    Either way, for free options all it’ll cost you is the download, disk space, and time trying it. The backup regimen is certainly helpful too, but that can be hard to keep up when it’s bursty like this, and it’s not like they’re mutually exclusive.

      1. I thought that those would be bigger. Like some drunk bro dude convinced to launch defective Chinese fireworks from his pants, bad jet pack style

        1. Guys showing off to l looking to impress hot girls who could goad them into explicit stupidity with just a copy smile and a turn away.

    1. Wherever Michael Bay is, he’s shedding a single tear of joy.

      It’s not a stream only because the explosion is not big enough to fill half the page.

  6. It’s computer problems like that that make me want to own a trebuchet; there’s nothing quite as cathartic as launching defective goods hundreds of feet away.

      1. mR. Blue, having survived a pulmonary biopsy today, holds up a sign. Upon it, writ in all capitals and punctuated with no less than 5 exclamation points. The letters, are, in no particular order: V, E, T, S. mR. Blue is holding the sign out in St eve’s direction at arms length.

      2. I *did* have a trebuchet… the problem was that Acme made it. It somehow threw *itself* as the payload before it landed on me. The doctors at the hospital told me that was the second strangest injury they treated that week.

  7. I got sick of crashing hard drives and the perpetual Blue Screen and made the switch to Linux about 5 years ago. Never been happier!!! Had to do something on a MS computer the other day and almost forgot how to even use one. And, yes, back is always good regardless.

        1. More like “Who didn’t and how didn’t” they blow up the hotel?

          I’m just saying, it’s probably a mixture of insane circumstances that caused it to happen.

  8. Well, no need to worry about that underused boondoggle hotel any more! Somewhere, KK’s bosses are rejoicing at the insurance claim.

  9. lol.
    If that right panel isn’t the end of this storyline for now, then I’m not sure how much more my brain can take.

  10. The art work of this comic is outstanding. Did you come up with it all yourself or is it based on a picture. Either way, great job.

  11. God, the backgrounds are gorgeous! And would you look at those fireworks! I wonder which girl is responsible for THAT one?? Loose Cannon?

    1. Whether we find out it was Loose Cannon or not, I choose to believe that Loose Cannon was indeed responsible.

      This is just what happens when you put vodka, gasoline, butane and driveway gravel in a blender.

      She, meanwhile, just calls it “breakfast.”

  12. It sucks to be fired, but at least she got out of there before the hotel started asking questions about the security deposit.

    I’m kinda worried for KK though, didn’t she get Ellie a deal on the space?

    1. The hotel doesn’t need to know the Ellie once sleep on KK’S couch. Although it would be highly suspect, KK did try to land a new account. Plus she also mentioned that Ellie should serve as liason between the convention and the hotel, ruining around putting out fires as needed. Little did the LoveCon hosts realize how much she would be needed after her dismissal. So, I’m guessing that let’s Ellie off the hook.

        1. That’s like saying that, let’s see Hitler is too obvious, Pol Pot’s father should never have been hired for that job in the first place. Or that Baby Doc’s mom should have never gone to medical school. Isn’t it?

  13. Paste the following into a text document. Change what’s in the quotes to suit your own needs.

    cd “..\pictures”
    :start
    copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 1.psd” /Y
    timeout 60
    copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 1.psd” /Y
    timeout 60
    copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 1.psd” /Y
    timeout 60
    copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 1.psd” /Y
    timeout 60
    copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 1.psd” /Y
    timeout 60
    goto start

    change the extension from .txt to .bat
    Run that .bat while you’re working on a picture. If your computer bluescreens during a save, it will kill this process too, so you only need to check to see which of the five is the newest.

    This should give you five separate backups, in rotation, of whatever file you are working on. That is, assuming that the command line copy can copy an open .psd file.

    You MAY have to turn off your ransomware shield…or put your working file in a directory that isn’t protected by your antivirus. While testing this on a LibreOffice spreadsheet file, (which I did have open,) Avast! kept “saving” me.

    1. In case you’re not computer literate enough to parse this, I’ll explain.
      First thing it does, is it changes the working directory for the open command line to where your pictures directory is. Otherwise, it’d be working from wherever you put this file, (presumably the desktop.)
      Then, the :start is just a place to go back to. It’s OLD SCHOOL programming. Modern programming has depreciated the goto as dangerously hard to manage.
      Finally, five repetitions of the same thing. It copies a file to a new file, and the /Y tells it to overwrite without prompting. So it’ll constantly overwrite the same five files.
      The next line makes it pause for a minute. Sixty seconds.
      Finally, the goto. Everything from :start to goto start is a loop. An infinite loop, which you generally don’t want, but here you do. When you are done with the program, just close the command prompt window it’s running in.

      1. Oh, one more thing. The quotation marks are only necessary if you have spaces in your file or folder names. You could get away with
        copy filename.txt filename1.txt
        but if you tried …
        copy filename.txt filename1.txt
        It’d try to topy filename.txt to filename, and would complain that 1.txt is not a recognized argument
        By putting your filenames in quotes, it treats everything between the quotes as one argument.


        Okay. In DOS. it goes like this.
        Command Argument1 Argument 2 Argument 3, etc The things that modify what Command does are separated by spaces.
        In this case, Copy is the command, filename.txt is the first argument, (or “filename.psd”), and filename1.txt is the second argument (or “filename backup 1.psd”),. The third argument is that flag. the /Y.
        So yes, the quotation marks are important.

        1. ..A typo ate the veracity of my example. I intended to have a SPACE between filename and 1.txt on that second line.

          You could get away with
          copy filename.txt filename1.txt
          but if you tried …
          copy filename.txt filename 1.txt
          It’d try to topy filename.txt to filename, and would complain that 1.txt is not a recognized argument

    2. I should also mention, there really isn’t anything preventing you from making one of those lines
      copy “filename.psd” “e:\filename backup 1.psd” /Y
      or something similar, which would mean that one of the copies would keep getting placed on an entirely different hard drive. Useful if the HDD ever just up and dies.

      …I’d make it do that with two lines. That way if the HDD decided to die DURING a save, you’d have one good copy on the surviving hard drive.

    3. …whoops. I goofed. Here is the corrected text for the batch file.

      cd “..\pictures”
      :start
      copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 1.psd” /Y
      timeout 60
      copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 2.psd” /Y
      timeout 60
      copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 3.psd” /Y
      timeout 60
      copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 4.psd” /Y
      timeout 60
      copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 5.psd” /Y
      timeout 60
      goto start

      Or even better….

      cd “..\pictures”
      :start
      copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 1.psd” /Y
      timeout 60
      copy “filename.psd” “e:\filename backup 2.psd” /Y
      timeout 60
      copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 3.psd” /Y
      timeout 60
      copy “filename.psd” “e:\filename backup 4.psd” /Y
      timeout 60
      copy “filename.psd” “filename backup 5.psd” /Y
      timeout 60
      goto start

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    1. Keep voting, Shufflers! No new updates until the 18th, so we’re going to have to keep it running by force of will for a while.

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    3. Sorry, I forgot to use the correct numbers in my spreadsheet.

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        1. This is what I get for typing it up from scratch at the library because I don’t want to sit at home coughing my lungs out.

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          — 526.6 V/day; 22.6983V/Hr; 0.3783V/min.
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          Stand Still. Stay Silent is 6th with 8,018 votes:
          —534.5333 v/d; 22.5859 v/hr; 0.3764 v/m.
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          —567.1333 v/d; 23.9634 v/hr; 0.3994 v/m.
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          —576.6667 v/d; 24.3662 v/hr; 0.4061 v/m.
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          50th slot — 1,076 AV*: 71.7333; 3.0310; 0.0505.
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          Shotgun Shuffle is 39th :
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          Spindrift is 33rd :
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          Stand Still. Stay Silent. is 6th :
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          Grrl Power is 5th :
          — 560.75 v/d; 24.9222 v/h; 0.4154 v/min.
          Reality Quest is 1st :
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          Grrl Power is 5th with 10,008 votes:
          —556.0000 v/d; 23.6596 v/hr; 0.3943 v/m.
          Twisted Dark is 3rd with 11,270 votes:
          —626.1111 v/d; 26.6430 v/hr; 0.4441 v/m.
          Reality Quest is 2nd with 12,867 votes:
          —714.8333 v/d; 30.4184 v/hr; 0.5070 v/m.
          Twokinds is 1st with 15,260 votes:
          —847.7778 v/d; 36.0757 v/hr; 0.6013 v/m.

          50th slot — 1,213 AV*: 67.3889; 2.8676; 0.0478.
          40th slot — 1,469 AV: 81.6111; 3.4728; 0.0579.
          20th slot — 1,610 AV: 89.4444; 3.8061; 0.0634.
          Top ten — 3,329 AV: 184.9444; 7.8700; 0.1312.
          Top five — 9,482 AV: 526.7778; 22.4161; 0.3736.
          * Accumulated votes

  15. You know, now that I look at that explosion, it’s awful high up. It doesn’t look like it’d be in a ballroom, but rather in a guest room.

    1. Well we did leave off with a dragon fighting a water demon. So logic would dictate the demon got fire breathed though several stories and into the lake and will soon start summoning tidal waves.

      1. I don’t know. I’ve seen industrial accidents involving damp ingots prior to pouring molten metals into them. Those things are bombs in disguise.

  16. Question for the masses and/or author: (Cool explosion BTW) Is that a fountain in the body of water or debris / a person hitting the water courtesy of the explosion?

    1. That’s something hitting the water. Murphy’s law says something just went wrong. And is headed in the couple’s way.

  17. Putting that many sexy female assassins in a single hotel with free booze and hundreds of desperately single men? PLUS the Sisters Seven? I’m surprised it took this long for anything to assplode.

    But yeah, it was totally Loose Cannon.

    (BTW, now convinced that she was born Lucy Kannon.)

  18. Went on a small archive crawl to see the specifics regarding the mouseover text. I initially thought it was referencing comic All the Many Tarragons (current post date October 4, 2017), but then I got to Buyer’s Market (current post date January 9, 2018) which is a little definitely correct (maybe both, though).

        1. You realize that most gamers are going to only know that song because of the new Fallout game, correct? Someone asked on the YouTube (and then it was echoed like a lot) “Did this song just come out in 2018? And what Country Singer sings it?”

          Trust me, I was like, “Uh, you guys have NEVER heard this song before now???!”

          (I know it because I grew up on a farm, and I’m 40+ years old)

        2. PS I’m familiar with the John Denver version more than the Hermes House Band version.

        3. Of course I knew that. :D But that was half the time. Even if we only did the bits from the trailer, still good enough.

          Besides, there’s only so much John Denver a person can take.

        4. which is exactly why “John Denver day, we all pick our favorite song. You can start next week.” is a great hazing idea for people who value a joke over concern of looking dumb.

  19. You may want to look at a program called FileHamster. Set it up for what directories to watch and every time you save, it saves a copy. You can then go back to a previous version!! I’ve been using it for years. Saved my butt many times when programming!
    Might be the best $50 you’ve spent!
    http://www.filehamster.com/

  20. This backup script will pick up the most recently modified file under the folder you specify and copy it to a backup folder of your choosing. It creates and cycles through a set of backups (configurable, 5 by default).
    One key feature is it will only copy the file if it has been modified since the last time it was backed up, so you won’t end up with all your backups being of the same version.
    To use: Review and change the settings under ‘Config’ at the top of the file, save it as ShShAutoBupper.bat and run it before you start working. It will keep going in the background until you stop it.
    Please reply with any feature requests or errors that come up.

    @echo off
    setlocal
    setlocal ENABLEEXTENSIONS
    setlocal ENABLEDELAYEDEXPANSION

    rem =============================================
    rem Config:

    set SOURCE_PATH=%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\Shotgun Shuffle
    set BACKUP_PATH=X:\Backups\Shotgun Shuffle WIP
    set FILE_FILTER=*.psd

    set /A BACKUP_TIME_SECONDS=2*60
    set NUMBER_OF_BACKUP_FILES=5

    set SEARCH_RECURSIVELY=yes
    set START_IMMEDIATELY=no
    set CREATE_BACKUP_FOLDER=no
    rem =============================================

    :init
    cls

    set SOURCE_PATH=%SOURCE_PATH:”=%
    set BACKUP_PATH=%BACKUP_PATH:”=%
    if “%SOURCE_PATH:~-1%” EQU “\” set SOURCE_PATH=%SOURCE_PATH:~0,-1%
    if “%BACKUP_PATH:~-1%” EQU “\” set BACKUP_PATH=%BACKUP_PATH:~0,-1%

    set RECURSIVE_TEXT=under
    if /i “%SEARCH_RECURSIVELY%” NEQ “yes” set RECURSIVE_TEXT=in

    echo.
    echo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    echo.
    echo Shotgun Shuffle Auto File BackerUpperer
    echo Press Ctrl+C to shut it down.
    echo.
    echo.
    echo Backing up the latest file (%FILE_FILTER%) %RECURSIVE_TEXT% “%SOURCE_PATH%” to “%BACKUP_PATH%” every %BACKUP_TIME_SECONDS% seconds using %NUMBER_OF_BACKUP_FILES% backup files…
    echo.
    echo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    echo.

    if /i “%CREATE_BACKUP_FOLDER%” EQU “yes” if not exist “%BACKUP_PATH%” echo Creating backup folder “%BACKUP_PATH%”… & md “%BACKUP_PATH%” & echo.

    if not exist “%SOURCE_PATH%” echo Error: Can’t find source folder “%SOURCE_PATH%”. & goto :end
    if not exist “%BACKUP_PATH%” echo Error: Can’t find backup folder “%BACKUP_PATH%”. & goto :end

    set FILE_COUNTER=1
    set RECURSE_SWITCH= /s
    if /i “%SEARCH_RECURSIVELY%” NEQ “yes” set RECURSE_SWITCH=

    if /i “%START_IMMEDIATELY%” NEQ “yes” goto :runTimer

    :startLoop
    for /f “usebackq delims=” %%i in (`dir “%SOURCE_PATH%\%FILE_FILTER%” /b /od /tw %RECURSE_SWITCH% 2^>NUL`) do (
    set SOURCE_FILE_PATH=%%i
    set FILE_NAME=%%~ni
    set FILE_EXTENSION=%%~xi
    )

    if “%SOURCE_FILE_PATH%” EQU “” echo Warning: No file (%FILE_FILTER%) found %RECURSIVE_TEXT% “%SOURCE_PATH%”, backup not performed. & goto :endLoop
    set SOURCE_FILE_PATH=%SOURCE_PATH%\!SOURCE_FILE_PATH:%SOURCE_PATH%\=!

    for /f “usebackq tokens=1,2 delims= ” %%i in (`dir “%SOURCE_FILE_PATH%” /tw /n /4 ^| find “%FILE_NAME%”`) do (
    set CURRENT_TIMESTAMP=%%j %%i
    )

    if “%SOURCE_FILE_PATH%” EQU “%LAST_FILE_PATH%” if “%CURRENT_TIMESTAMP%” EQU “%LAST_TIMESTAMP%” echo File “%SOURCE_FILE_PATH%” unchanged since last backup (%CURRENT_TIMESTAMP%), backup not performed. & goto :endLoop

    set LAST_TIMESTAMP=%CURRENT_TIMESTAMP%
    set LAST_FILE_PATH=%SOURCE_FILE_PATH%
    set DEST_PATH=%BACKUP_PATH%\%FILE_NAME% %FILE_COUNTER%%FILE_EXTENSION%

    echo Backing up “%SOURCE_FILE_PATH%” to “%DEST_PATH%”…
    copy /y “%SOURCE_FILE_PATH%” “%DEST_PATH%”
    if “%ERRORLEVEL%” NEQ “0” echo Warning: Error occurred during copy.

    set /a FILE_COUNTER=”1 + (%FILE_COUNTER% %% %NUMBER_OF_BACKUP_FILES%)”

    :endLoop
    echo.

    :runTimer
    timeout /T %BACKUP_TIME_SECONDS% /NOBREAK > NUL

    goto :startLoop

    :end
    pause

    1. I both salute you and consider you a glutton for punishment for scripting that in DOS/Windows command line.

      1. It can be said anyone who voluntarily uses Windows is a glutton for punishment. Why buck convention?

        Some things which may not be obvious:

        – Only one file is backed up. If you’re working on two files and happen to save one of them just before the backup runs each and every time, the other file will never be backed up.
        – There’s no benefit setting it to run faster than 60 seconds (BACKUP_TIME_SECONDS < 60), because timestamps are to the nearest minute.
        – START_IMMEDIATELY=no will wait then back up, START_IMMEDIATELY=yes will back up then wait. No by default because you'll usually want to do some work before a backup runs.
        – SEARCH_RECURSIVELY=yes will search in the specified source folder and every folder below it, SEARCH_RECURSIVELY=no will look in just the source folder. Yes by default so the folder doesn't have to be set every time, but its usefulness will depend on how your work is set up. If you have a particularly big/deep folder tree, recursive search will chug a bit.

        1. Sure, I always just add a pre-req step like downloading and unzipping UnxUtils and having a shortcut to the working directory to /usr/local/wbin where it’s extracted or install Python 3 or various other not having to use DOS batch file control structures coping mechanisms and reduced utility commands.

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