I think I might have found an online backup service that works for me.
After several failed and frustrating attempts getting Mozy to deliver on its promises I finally gave up and went searching for alternatives.
OnlineBackupDeals has a good comparison page of currently available online backup services. It was here I found BackBlaze. Written primarily for the Mac user but with a Windows port, it gives me all I need. Most importantly, unlimited backup capacity for $5/mo and the ability to effortlessly backup external drives. This last feature was Mozy’s final undoing. Despite claiming that they support the backup of “Mounted” drives (including permanently attached USB, FireWire, etc) I’ve been unable to get the data on my My Book secured by their service. BackBlaze didn’t hesitate. It scanned the drives on the Mac and immediately started backing up all 2TB of the data it found.
There are some limitations. By default it doesn’t backup System files or Applications. Files over 4GB in size are passed over too. However these settings and the ones that exclude specific file types like virtual images are all customizable in the preference pane, making it easy to craft the protection you need.
Stay tuned for the restore test after the first backup completes.
Easiest Online Backup Service – Backblaze.
If, like me you’ve been chuckling more than a little about the fact that a Sr Microsoftie Simon Aldous came clean was horribly mistaken earlier this week when he admitted inaccurately told the press that Windows 7 owes its look and feel to Apple’s OS X. You’ll be relieved that Microsoft has now settled the matter officially stating that Me Aldous’ comments were “Totally inaccurate”.
Methinks that our friends in Redmond doth protest too much. After all, the fact that Windows 7 has an alpha blended UI at last is total coincidence and that the new task bar highly resembles Apple’s Dock is just a perception issue. Anyone thinking that Windows 7’s new thumbnail view for running application looks anything like Apple’s Stacks must have mud in their eye. Not forgetting that Windows 7 now supports multi-touch (oh what innovation!) is in no way influenced by the fact that Apple brought that technology to market over 3 years ago. Lastly be mindful that the brand new Microsoft retail stores look almost exactly like in no way resemble the Apple stores we’ve all been packing into for years.
Most importantly know that Microsoft thrives off innovation…… just not their own innovation!
Microsoft denies employee’s comments about copying Apple | Mac OS X | MacUser | Macworld.
As home computer use grows from playing DOOM to the occasional email and the casual 5 min session of web surfing into something more intrinsic to what we all do all day it becomes critical that the state and the data stored on that computer be protected. As most of us know, having a hard disk fail or a motherboard die can not only be a buzz kill, it can wipe out your financial data, irreplaceable family photos and that Dylan collection you’ve spent half your life amassing. Read more…
One of the most rational piece’s on the “I’m a Mac” vs “Laptop Hunter” ad series that I’ve read. Aron does a great job of analyzing the ads, their intention and their real message. Nice to see this topic discussed in a way that avoids the finger pointing, name calling and hair pulling of others (yours truly probably included).
We get it, Windows means cheap hardware.
Well Redmond’s panic over Apple’s increase in market share, both in the USA and overseas seems to be spilling over and clouding its judgement on issues that it needs to be seen as being very cooperative on. Read more…
Apple just launched a new set of “I’m a Mac” TV ads. This time they are addressing Microsoft’s recent attempt to take a byte out of Apple by attacking the price of Macs. Read more…
Rob Griffiths over at the recently downsized MacWorld takes a long hard look at what exactly is in Apples latest OS update 10.5.7 which might well be the last update the OS sees before Snow Leopard ships later this year.
Digging into Apples OS X 10.5.7 update | Mac OS X | Editors Notes | Macworld.
So I know I’m going to get flack for this one, but Windows 7 bunnies, I’m about to burst your bubble. Read more…
There have been rumors flying around for months (if not years) about the “soon the be released” Apple tablet computer. The closest we’ve come so far to actually getting such a device has been the iPhone. Portable, connected and pretty full featured, internet-wise and built on the cult of the Newton.. However at heart, it’s still a phone (albeit a frakkin amazing one! – yes, Fanboi – yawn). Read more…
New technologies in Apple’s upcoming OSX Snow Leopard and Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating systems offer a way for the incredible and mainly untapped processing power of Graphic Processing Units (GPUs) to be utilized by the system for tasks that go way beyond rendering images. Read more…
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Ahhhh. I love the smell of marketing BS first thing in the morning. The title of this piece is misleading as to almost be a flat-out lie. It impliesthat this software lets you edit AVCHD directly. Of course it doesn’t as editing compressed video without first decompressing it in some way is impossible. The piece then goes on to reveal that in fact all this app does is convert your AVCHD files to their own decompressed intermediate MOV format which you can then edit. So where’s the news, because iMovie and Final Cut Pro both deliver the exact same functionality without the need to spend a dime. FCP actually gives you choices over which intermediate format is best suited to your project.
I declare this to be un-news and not worthy of anybodies $129! (Pftt!)
Neo Scene for Mac allows editing of AVCHD video | Macworld.