There are many reasons that having a backup for your data is a great idea. But this shouldn’t just apply when you’re at home, school or the office. It’s also important to have a reliable backup option when you’re traveling.
Whether you’re on the go for work or pleasure, a back up can save you from losing critical data such as presentations, important documents or even all of those new photos from your trip.
In a recent review, tech website Mac Performance Guide praised the performance of the OWC Mercury Envoy Pro EX as “outstanding” and noted its design “looks and feels like an Apple product.” And in an additional article on the site praising the Envoy Pro EX, there is a reminder of a good reason to be wary of the dangers to your data – aside from simply damaging your equipment or drive failure. Mac Performance Guide points out that when traveling, often the most likely “failure” of a drive isn’t failure at all – it’s theft.
To combat this, Mac Performance Guide recommends that you keep your backup in a safe location away from your laptop altogether. In fact, they point out that with the reliable Envoy Pro EX, you’re getting a drive so small and light that you can even carry along with you in your pocket, making it the “ideal” travel companion.
There are plenty of things to think about when you’re out on the road. Be sure to follow this sage advice from Mac Performance Guide to keep your Envoy Pro EX and your data inside of it safe and sound so you’ll have one less thing on your mind.
It’s finally Spring. The birds are chirping. The sun is shining. And the rebates are in full bloom.
That’s right, we’ve got a brand new rebate to announce – The OWC Spring Battery Bundle Special!
Get $10 off any Newer Technology NuPower Battery when you upgrade the memory in the same laptop as well.
So now you can not only make your MacBook Pro, MacBook, PowerBook, or iBook run longer by replacing the original battery (or adding a spare), but run faster while accessing more applications at once by increasing the memory. And all while keeping a little “green” in your pocket. Yup, Spring has sprung. Rebate expires June 30th, so act fast.
Visit our Rebate Center to see all our currently available manufacturer rebates.
Whether you’re a dedicated fan, first time watcher, or something in between – the latest Star Trek movie is fun action for everyone. A large swath of our OWC Team has now seen this Sci-Fi Action thriller and we’d like to share a little from them.
Team Member: OWC Larry
Age: 18-24 | 25-34 | 35-44 | 45-54 | 54+
Enjoyed original Star Trek: Yes | No | Huh, there was an original before this?
Comment: I enjoyed it immensely, first in 2D and then in iMax 3D. Unbelievable in iMax 3D! Whether a first time watcher or long time fan of the Star Trek universe, it easily enjoyable for all. Fate being fate, I enjoyed some of the clever homage paid to the original series. Article Continues…
Since their creation in 1879, light bulbs have been associated with the occurrence of a new idea. This is evident in pretty much all cartoons and is as commonplace as a falling anvil or malfunctioning TNT from the Acme Corporation. But in this case, light bulbs are the good idea. And the Nokero line of solar light bulbs has many products to help you identify with your inner toon and represent your every idea.
The light bulb most similar to a stereotypical cartoon idea bulb and used to symbolize a basic yet solid idea is the Nokero Crestone Solar Light Bulb. Examples of these ideas include listening to your wife (or pretending to anyway), obeying traffic signals, and wearing pants. Okay, so this light bulb can’t detect a new idea, but you could flip it on as soon as you feel some creative juices brewing. It’s efficient, durable, rainproof, and the rechargeable AA battery lasts approximately 1.5-2 years.
If you’re looking for a little bit brighter of an idea, try the Crestone’s cousin—the Nokero Shavano Solar Light Bulb. It’s LED and twice the brightness of the Crestone. In cartoon world, this bulb would represent a high level of thinking, or a great idea (The Theory of Relativity, cutting off your mullet back in the 90’s, Nutella…). Article Continues…
As far as backup strategies go, Time Machine is a pretty good addition to your backup strategy. You get hourly backups, can go back and retrieve accidentally-deleted files and can even restore your system from it. At both home and work, I use it as part of my backup strategy, filling in the spaces between regular clones of my system. In fact, the only thing I dislike about Time Machine is how long it takes to create its initial backup if you’re backing up to a shared drive over a network.
Recently, I took the opportunity to centralize the majority of my storage in my home to drives attached to an older MacBook Pro. As part of this project (which is the topic of a different article down the road), I put a 2.0TB drive in an older USB 2.0 miniStack, and wanted to use this as the Time Machine drive for my current MBP. The problem was that—regardless of whether I connected to that drive via WiFi or via Ethernet—Time Machine kept telling me that a backup of the approximately 250GB would take around a week or more to make.
Obviously, this was not acceptable.
Drawing from various sources on the Internet (where, apparently, there are a large number of people with similar complaints), I was able to paste together a solution that enabled me to get Time Machine’s initial backup time to reduce from over a week to just under two hours.
Note: I performed these steps in OS X 10.8.3; while this certainly should be possible with earlier (and I would assume later) versions of OS X, your mileage may vary. Article Continues…