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We talk a lot about backups on the OWC Blog, but that’s just because they’re so important. After all, your irreplaceable data is just that: irreplaceable. If you lose it, it’s difficult and/or expensive to get it back… and even then, it’s not a guarantee. By far and away, the simplest way to avoid unfortunate data loss is to have a backup of your data.
There are lots of different ways to back up your data. Apple’s Time Machine is a simple way to make sure any changes to your system are backed up. You simply plug a FireWire or USB drive into your Mac . You can also make a clone of your system, making a complete snapshot of your system at a particular point in time. There are also third-party utilities, such as Prosoft Data Backup and NovaBackup (both of which come included with all OWC and Newer Technology storage solutions) which offer ongoing incremental backup – meaning they will automatically update your backup set to your current data status on an automated basis. While Time Machine is great for its ability to give you back in time capabilities, Prosoft Data Backup 3, in particular, allows for a current, clean, alternative data backup set that is kept up to date without all the history versioning. It also offers options for multiple in-time backup points, such as weekly backups or monthlies – something helpful for record keeping.
Then, there are combinations of these, for even more security (such as a daily clone for your main drive, and filling in the interim changes with Time Machine). Article Continues…
You know it’s happened to you. Your laptop starts acting up and you need to send it in, but you got rid of the original box years ago. Perhaps you got it as a hand-me-down or off of Craigslist and never had the box in the first place. So what are you going to do?
Sure, you could go and get a box from the post office and fill it with styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap, but when it comes down to it, the protection you get with that is “okay” at best.
Well, we have a solution for you: the OWC Universal Laptop Carton. With all the upgrade services, refurb units, and general repair of laptops over the years, we’ve learned a few things about the best way to pack a laptop for shipping. We’ve taken that info and put together a shipping carton specifically designed for the transport of laptops.
A durable singlewall corrugated box (capable of withstanding the Edge Crush Test up to 44lbs/in) to protects against the rigors of transit. Next, three layers of foam cushion your laptop during transit, and can be custom sized to fit both the computer and any accessories you may have. Finally, a heavy duty plastic sleeve is there to protect against any remaining environmental hazards that may have made their way through.
Nobody likes having to ship their laptop somewhere, but with the OWC Universal Laptop Carton, at least you can be sure it’s protected while it travels.
Amongst all the hardware refreshes and OS updates, a small little detail may have been overlooked by some; the MacBook has been quietly removed from the listings on Apple’s Web site, leaving the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air as Apple’s only portable options.
Apple confirmed this with Engadget earlier today.
Hardware-wise, this isn’t much of a loss; the specs on the last version of the MacBook were fairly similar to the low-end model of 13” MacBook Pro released at the same time: same processor, same bus speed, same battery capacity, same screen size, same graphics card, and same maximum amount of RAM. The main differences were the cases (white polycarbonate vs aluminum), number of expansion options (The MacBook Pro added an SD slot and a FW800 port to the MacBook’s offerings) and the price (about $200 more for the MacBook Pro).
It’s that last one that’s going to affect a lot of people. At $999, the MacBook sat as an affordable laptop with a decent screen size, balance of features, and general usability. At that price point, Apple now only has the 11-inch MacBook Air. So for the same money, you get a smaller screen, a weaker video card, less storage and seemingly no upgrade options.
On the plus side, at least the entry model 2011 MacBook Pro 13” is only $200 more at $1199, which makes it the better buy overall, if just for the ability to upgrade memory, upgrade to a super-fast SSD, or even add a second drive.
NewerTech Debuts StoraDrive Media Storage Tray For Organizing Up to Thirteen Pieces of Digital Media
Newer Technology, Inc. announced today that it has expanded its hard drive accessory line with the introduction of the new Media Storage Tray for use with the NewerTech StoraDrive™. The Media Storage Tray transforms one of the stackable anti-static StoraDrive cases into a compartmentalized, padded, all-in-one storage solution for protecting and organizing multiple digital media formats.
Holds Up To Thirteen Pieces of Digital Media In Multiple Formats:
Each NewerTech Media Storage Tray can hold:
- One 2.5″ PATA/SATA Hard Drive or Solid State Drive
- Up to two Compact Flash cards
- Up to two Sony Memory Sticks
- Up to four SmartMedia cards
- Up to four SD (Secure Digital), SDHC (Secure Digital High-Capacity), or SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended-Capacity) cards Article Continues…