First, THE GOOD NEWS:
OK, thanks to @mamerto who provided the bucket address and suggested Syncovery I was re-inspired to actually use my brain and an old skill I learned as a child called reading and what do you know?! Syncovery is now happily buzzing away, doing my bidding.
For anyone out there who is as lazy as me (probably not possible), to run Syncovery as a basic backup program you’ll need to input all of the following when you get to the Right-Hand Side box:
Right-Hand Side: [don’t type anything] click on the circle (world globe) to the right of the browse button
In the multi-tab box (called Internet Protocol Settings), on the first tab (settings) click the down arrow in the selector box at the top (Protocol:) <-- all I did was to close a parenthetical statement ending with a colon and I got this smiley so beware, this is one of the dangers of the modern internet) that has FTP preselected. This is where you get to pick the “Amazon S3” option everybody talks about.
Now fill in the 4 boxes:
Bucket: [bucket name]@objects.dreamhost.com
Reduced Redundancy - I have no idea whether to check this checkbox or leave it alone but it sounds good and the default is “checked”
Folder: [I left it blank but presumably it would be a subdirectory]
Access ID: [this is where you enter the “key”]
Secret Key: [this is where you enter the “secret key”] - look at your dream object configuration page, its to the right of the “key”
really dreamhost (or amazon probably but DH used their protocol)??? a “key” AND a “secret key”??!!? hint: you’ll have to send in 3 crackerjack box tops to get the vitally important “SUPERSECRETKEY” (of course you’d have to be as old as me to even know what a crackerjack is; and no, it’s not X-rated)
For the rest of this tab you are on your own but from what I can gather from Syncovery’s help file you definitely want to check “Filename encoding:” at the bottom if you don’t want to lose the date/time stamps on your files. Syncovery will rename the files back to original with appropriate timestamps when you restore/retrieve the files.
Click “OK” at the bottom and then “next” and you will be taken thru a series of typical backup questions. I would suggest the “mirror” option to start unless you are seriously OCD about saving old versions of files.
Now, THE BAD NEWS
In my case, as with the Brits, Syncovery is predicting 60 days to complete the upload of my 1.4 TB and I’m getting the sinking feeling that DreamHost will be taking my home, wife, and kid away from me before its over. I make music videos for You-Tube that make no money which accounts for the large chunks of data. I nevertheless intend to go thru my data drive and see how much superfluous junk I can delete. The joke’s on Dreamhost anyway; I don’t have a home, a wife, or a kid!