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…
Last week we shared Audi’s two Spocks commercial with you and it staved off our anticipation for our company outing this weekend to see Star Trek: Into Darkness for a little while. However after finding this gem of a Start Trek short from internet sensations Rhett & Link, I’m thinking I don’t even need to see the movie anymore. How could it possibly be better than this?
So, which do you think is better? Tell us in the comments.
After OWC Becky, OWC Kevin, and others in the office have practically begged me to review Candy Crush Saga, I have finally done so. However, brace for impact, this isn’t going to be pretty.
I’m going to start this review by saying I don’t like gambling, I don’t enjoy games of chance. If I’m going to pour hours of time into a game (the game currently has 305 levels) I expect some reasonable level of confidence in knowing that I have a chance to beat the level I’m on when I start. This is where my problem lies in C.C.S., if the random algorithms, decide to not give me what I need, I lose. You can be the best puzzle game player on earth, or Other Worlds, and will fail. Article Continues…
Other World Computing announced today that its OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Hardware RAID data storage/backup solution supports USB 3.0 ‘SuperSpeed’ performance when paired with the Newer Technology eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter. The adapter, which utilizes an available eSATA drive port, offers a Plug and Play connection to USB 3.0-equipped Macs or PCs for real-world sustained data transfer rates of more than 200MB/s from the Qx2 to meet the needs of demanding performance-intensive professional applications such as Audio/Video editing, HD-video, digital photography, professional music, graphics, redundant backup, and any use requiring data storage performance and reliability.
Plug and Play High Speed Data Transfers With Adapter
The Newer Technology eSATA to USB 3.0 Adapter uses the eSATA port of the QX2 to connect to a USB 3.0 port on Macs or PCs to enable over 200MB/s real-world data rate performance from the Qx2 versus 80MB/s speed offered by the FireWire 800 interface. And with no special software or drivers to install,using this adapter with the Qx2 is a Plug and Play process. Article Continues…
Newer Technology, Inc. announced today the NewerTech GripBase Podium floor stand for securely elevating the Apple iPad 2, 3, 4 and iPad mini to provide for maximum user viewing comfort in any setting.
Take Convenience of iPad to New Heights
The NewerTech GripBase Podium eliminates leaning over, neck straining, and/or eye squinting by raising an iPad from a viewing height of 38 inches to nearly five feet, offering 360 degree rotation for portrait or landscape viewing modes, and positioning an iPad at virtually any angle for maximum viewing comfort. The GripBase Podium easily attaches to the included protective GripStand case for iPad 2, 3, or 4 models or the GripStand mini case (not included), which holds an iPad securely while still allowing full access to all controls and connections. The GripBase Podium is also compatible with all previous generation GripStand cases.
Heavy Duty Base Provides Stability
Keeping the GripBase Podium securely grounded is a heavy-duty, plastic coated 12.55-pound base. Besides being nearly impossible to tip over, the GripBase Podium can be used confidently in active, crowded, and/or unpredictable settings, and its ribbed twist lock prevents extension shaft slippage. Should the unit need to be repositioned, it slides easily without marring or scuffing floors. Article Continues…