Fortunately it newer happened to me, but to many of my friends it did.
When one is working on a paper for a long time (eg. final thesis for university), they tend to keep everything in one DOC file. And when something happens to the file, sometimes months of work are lost. How can we prevent this problem? I'm looking for solution that I could suggest to some not very computer-savvy people.
I was looking into cloud storages, like SkyDrive, DropBox of Google Drive. They all offer tools to automatically synchronize local file with cloud. However, they only keep the latest version of the file, which sometimes is not enough. If file gets corrupted, it gets overwritten in the cloud as well.
I used SVN in my work, but that's too complicated for most people. Other friends keep e-mailing the file to themselves every couple of days, but that is not fool proof. You can easily forget to do this.
Is there a way to automatically backup a file, and keep versioning as well?