Sorry for the downtime—the replacement switch just failed in exactly the same way as the old one. Will try to figure out what's going on, but there may be a bit more downtime if it breaks again before I figure out what's going on.
My kids have a Windows 8 laptop. Now that they actually have data on it that matters, I think a reliable backup solution is asked for. What is a good way to reach Time Machine-like convenience on windows 8?