The importance of good mackup strategy

First up, I have to apologise for the mactard thing.  I just liked the word….  Many of my good friends are mac users and many of them politely laughed but I could hear them muttering “wanker” as they pretended to cough…  So – sorry about that.  You can call me a freetard in return if you’d like 🙂

Anyhoo.  One of the things I really like about Apple is the seamlessness of everything.  The Time Machine particularly impresses me as one of the myriad of must have devices that Apple make.  I know that Tom has been having some awful trouble with backing up his Mac (while trying to get his Time Machine working, natch).  I was therefore pretty disturbed to read Simon Brunning’s problems with his Time Machine.

Is the seamlessness a myth? Is my back up strategy of rsyncing to a remote machine the only real way to ensure no data loss (at home at least)? Or are the economics of home back up still too skewed for anyone with ‘real’ amounts of data (photos, video, music)?