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Friday, March 16, 2012

Restore Data on Your New iPad the Right Way

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:30 AM

"Last week, we showed you how to prepare your old iPad for today's upgrade to the new one. Now you have your new device, you'll want to ensure that all of your data from your old one gets transferred over during the setup process. Here's how to do it - the right way."

Apple certainly makes this easy, so wether you use the plug in version of backup or iCloud back up, you will get a prompt when setting it up. Select "Restore From iTunes Backup" and let the magic begin. Make sure, however, that you choose the most recent backup if you are restoring via iTunes.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Backup iTunes Library to Disc... Well, Actually No You Can't...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:38 AM

"When Apple finally rolls out the iCloud this fall, you'll be able to backup all of your music on Apple's own iTunes servers through iTunes Match. If iTunes Match recognizes your tracks, it'll automatically mirror them in the cloud; otherwise, you'll be able to manually upload them. If you ever have a devastating system crash, you'll be able to just slurp them all down again."

Ah the good old days, when you could back up your library to CDs or DVDs, at least the good old days if you have upgraded to iTunes 10.4. This feature was dropped, so your only options are to backup to a hard drive or some cloud service. Everything is going to the cloud these days. I never used this feature, but I hate it on principle when things are taken away as an option. What are your thoughts about this being removed?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Iomega Drive, A Slick Looking Backup Solution

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 02:00 AM

"How to get a hefty new hard drive for your Mac without making your other gadgets jealous? Iomega is offering up a solution with the fairly elegant Mac Companion Hard Drive, a two or three terabyte external drive designed with Apple computers in mind that adds a high-powered charging port for your peripherals."

Nice looking and it fits perfectly doesn't it? You get some USB and FireWire ports as well as LED indicators for a visual of how full the hard drive is getting. It would be nice to have Thunderbolt connectors. Oh well, they are available for $295.00 for 3TB size, or $195.00 USD for the 2TB size.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

iPad Restore: Someone Please Explain This To Me

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Apple Talk" @ 08:00 AM

I admit it: when it comes to the world of Apple devices, there's still a lot I don't know. Some things make intuitive sense, while others I find baffling. This is the latter. Read more...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Need Some Space? Delete Some Backups

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:30 AM

"Sync and backup your iPhone, iPod touch, and/or iPad to a laptop or small PC drive, starting to run low on disk space, and wondering how you can reclaim some of it?"

I tend to forget about these files so they build up pretty quickly. If you aren't on top of it like you should be either, this handy how to will free up some space, potentially a lot of space, on your laptop. In fact, in the little time I've been using this MacBook Air as my primary computer, I've already built up a file that is almost 4GB in size. It doesn't take long!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mozy App is Now Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"There are any number of online file storage and backup options these days -- Amazon's new Cloud Drive, perennial favorite Dropbox and Mozy, which I've been using for simple backups. So it's good to hear that Mozy has now released an iOS client that will allow you to view your files stored on its servers."

There are only a few problems with this free app: It's restricted to the US and Canada, you can't decrypt any backups you have encrypted with your own private key and it only works with MozyHome accounts. According to the story a "pro" version is on the way but no timeline has been announced. You can find out more about it at the iTunes page [link].

Tags: software, backup, mozy, ios

Monday, April 4, 2011

Mozy Unveils Their Mobile App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

""If consumer software makers don't know this by now, they must be living in some other world. It's now mandatory to make your application work on devices other than notebook and desktop PCs."

And Mozy has done just that with this app that works on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad so you can access your files right from your app. The app is free and available now. They plan on having an Android app available later this year.

Tags: software, backup, mozy

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today is World Backup Day

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:30 PM

"Backing up your computer is important enough that you shouldn't need a day dedicated to it, or a collection of deals on online backup services and hard drives, but that is exactly what today is. March 31 is World Backup Day 2011, which should serve as a reminder to backup your computer, smartphone, iPad and even the hard copy pictures and documents you have around the house."

I'm not entirely sure who decided today was World Backup Day - oh, looks like a few people from Reddit - but it's a great idea! People simply don't pay enough attention to the importance of backing up their data. has a great collection of resources for the tools and services required for having a solid backup plan. Well worth the read!

I'm personally using Crashplan for my off-site backups now - what with Mozy jacking up my rates by 1309% and all - and a combination of a Windows Home Server, Windows Live Mesh, and a 2 TB external drive keep my data secure. How do you protect your precious data? Better yet, how do you protect the precious data of friends and family who don't know any better?

UPDATE: Yes, it's two World Backup Day posts in a row...what can I say, I really want you to all be backing up! :-)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Switching to Verizon? Here is How to Transfer Your Information

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"Switching from an AT&T iPhone to a Verizon iPhone and curious how to transfer all your information, apps, and data over? Luckily Apple makes this process almost painless thanks to iTunes iTunes."

It actually is pretty easy, the key is, before you switch over make sure your iPhone is backed up in iTunes. And then once you get your Verizon iPhone you can restore from that backup. However, this is a nice step-by-step article in case you aren't familiar with the process.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

In Other Bombshell News, Mozy Does Away With Unlimited Backup

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"Decho has announced new pricing for their well-known MozyHome backup service. Previously, MozyHome offered unlimited online storage for backups from a single computer for $4.95 per month."

This didn't generate as much news as the Apple-Sony debacle, and I'm kind of surprised to be honest. Under their new pricing structure [link], the unlimited goes away and now for a single computer with 50GB of storage it will cost you $5.99 USD per month, up about a dollar from what it used to cost. Of course you can stay on your current plan until your subscription runs out, but once that happens you will be offered only the limited plans. I really don't understand the thought process for this, since there are numerous options for unlimited backup and all pretty much do the same thing. If you want to differentiate your product from the others, increasing the cost and lowering the value doesn't seem like the right direction to go does it? The competition is taking note, and not in the way that the airlines usually do, by following the lead of the first company to make a dramatic change in fees, etc. Nope, they are offering discounts for switchers (CrashPlan offering 15% and Backblaze offering 10%) from Mozy to their service. Oh, and you can still get unlimited data backup from them at a lower cost than what Mozy is currently offering for the limited plans. Are you a current Mozy customer? Will you be switching? What are your thoughts?

Tags: software, , backup, os x, mozy

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

And When The Cloud Breaks, Your Data Will Fall...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:00 AM

It's all about The Cloud these days - your data, you entertainment, your everything - stored on a service that you can access with any online connection. The benefits are many, but what you don't always hear about are the down-sides of everything being cloud-based. What if you get locked out of your account? I've heard of more than a few people that get locked out of their Gmail account or who can't access their Gmail calendar. It happens to Hotmail and Yahoo users as well. What if the company hosting your information deletes it, either accidentally or not, or goes out of business? That's not an uncommon problem. In terms of uptime most cloud services are fairly robust, when things go wrong, they can really ruin your day. Read more...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Losing Tumblr Stress You Out? Here is How to Back It Up

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"If you're a Tumblr user, you probably noticed the massive outage it endured this weekend, and you're probably having one of those "what if I'd lost everything" moments. Here's how to back up your Tumblr to save yourself from such distress."

If you use Tumblr then you probably were a bit stressed out during the outage so if you aren't already, it might be a good time to get this handy program to make sure all of your files are backed up. You can download this Mac only program here at the Tumblr blog. I'm betting they got a lot of interest in this after last weekend.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Arq Online Backup for Mac Users

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:30 PM

"There's yet another contender if you're looking for an online backup solution. Haystack Software has released Arq, a backup application that uses Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3). Arq offers encrypted backups, flexible scheduling, and the ability to select and exclude files as you see fit."

Using Amazon's Simple Storage Service (or S3), Arq from Haystack Software offers a convenient way to ensure that your data is backed-up - and more importantly, can be recovered. While Time Machine offers a good, reliable local backup option, Arq is designed to also be a complementary 'disaster recovery' restore solution. Data is backed-up and restored via simple drag-and-drop operations. Multiple versions are stored to allow 'point-in-time' restores, and backups can be encrypted. An Amazon S3 account is required (with somewhat complicated tiered pricing) for storage, and Arq costs $29 for a single-copy, or $49 for a five-user family pack.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Do You Have MobileMe? Learn About Backup

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple recently updated its Backup software to v3.2, improving its reliability and efficiency. So now is a great time to show how to use it to make offsite backups of your most important files."

This is a pretty good primer on how to use Backup, and if you have MobileMe, it's a free program. Yes, you must have MobileMe in order to use it.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

MobileMe Backup Updated

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has released an update to its Backup software. The update also re-brands the Backup application as MobileMe Backup."

This update is supposed to improve reliability of the restore feature. I've used this since I've had MobileMe and it does make backups pretty easy if your needs are simple and you don't need anything fancy. You can find more about the MobileMe Backup v3.2 update here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Drobo FS Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 12:00 PM

"Drobo announced the immediate availability of its new Drobo FS network-based data storage system on Tuesday. The Drobo FS supports up to 10TB of storage, and on the fly user-replacable hard drives."

This also has Gigabit Ethernet, and supports Drobo Apps so you can use it as an FTP server, Web Server or iTunes server. The pricing ranges are $699.00 USD without the drives, $999.00 USD with 4.5 TB of storage or $1,499.00 USD with 10TB of storage

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

HyperMac, For Your Battery Backup Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 07:00 AM

"We're still on the lookout for battery backup options to power recharge your iPhone, iPod touch or just about any USB mobile device. The market just got a bit larger with the introduction of the HyperMac line of batteries at Macworld."

The ones above, called the "Hypermac Mini" are currently on sale at the HyperMac website for $99.95 USD, a savings of $20.00 USD. These are rated at 7200 mAh and are supposedly able to give you enough capacity to charge your iPhone 6 times. They also claim the batteries will last for about 1,000 charges, and since they have inputs for USB, DC in and mini USB so you can also charge other devices. The other models are the Nano and Micro, rated at 1800 mAh and 3600 mAh respectively, with the Nano selling for $69.95 USD and the Micro selling for $89.95 USD.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

BackBlaze for Mac Out of Beta

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Back in December, online backup company Backblaze launched a private beta of its service for Mac users. Like its Windows counterpart, the Backblaze subscription service is $5 US a month (or $50 US a year) for unlimited backup space. Today, the company is officially launching its service for Mac users, along with an updated client, better support for external drives and enhanced recovery options."

Image Credit: BackBlaze Blog

The setup on this couldn't be any easier. Basically go to BackBlaze, download it and install and it begins backing up your files. Well, all the files except for your operating system, applications, temporary files and files exceeding 4GB in size. Need to shut down your computer? No problem. The next time you start it up, BackBlaze begins where it left off. You need to recover something? You can go to the website and do it from there, single files or all of your files. You can also buy a DVD-ROM or USB drive from BackBlaze and have the files shipped to you. You have 15 days to try it out for free. The price after that seems pretty reasonable for unlimited storage. Even though I use my own off site physical storage, I think I will continue with this. They certainly make it easy enough.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Carbonite Available for Intel Macs, Offering Free Trial

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

Carbonite, an online backup service, is now available for the Mac. The service is priced at $55 per machine per year. A free trial is available.

They are even using a Mac on their home page, but it must be an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.4 or later in order to use the service. Carbonite provides unlimited storage capabilities and automation to simplify your backup needs, with the software running in the background, finding new and changed files and backing them up. Well, as long as you are connected to the Internet. Seems pretty adaptable and they offer a free trial (15 days to try it and if you sign up you get two months free).

I see from some posts that it doesn't yet support external drives, and it doesn't work reliably on Safari. They suggest switching to Firefox if you have a problem using Safari and that appears to fix the problem. I don't have much use for it since I have a Drobo, but the price isn't too bad. If I think I might need to have off site storage someday, I may consider it. Anyone out there use this type of service?

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