1. Carbon Copy Cloner 4 Available [Link]

    October 14, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Carbon Copy 4 looks like a very worthy upgrade, especially if you need it on Yosemite.

    I like the new scheduler interface and the simple setup seems approachable. I'm sticking with SuperDuper because it works and there's no reason for me to break something that works. But if ...

  2. Backblaze’s 2014 Drive Reliability Report [Link]

    September 24, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    I’m a happy Backblaze subscriber. I love them all the more for their regular report on hard drive reliability.

    The assumption that "enterprise" drives would work better than "consumer" drives has not been true in our tests. I analyzed both of these types of drives in our system and ...

  3. Synology Notes in New Beta [Link]

    September 24, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Every Synology DSM update is huge. It looks like the upcoming DSM 5.1 is no slouch either. Not only are they adding new online backup and sync sources but they’ve built a new self-hosted rich note service that includes new mobile apps.

    There’s a bunch of new ...

  4. Arq Now Supports Google Drive Backups [Link]

    September 03, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Arq is a backup utility for the Mac. Until now you could use it to backup your files to Amazon S3 (including Glacier). The latest version adds support for Google Drive which is nice since you can get 15GB for free with Google.

  5. Synology Email about Synolocker

    August 07, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Synology is emailing registered users regarding the Synolocker ransomware I mentioned.

    The short version:

    It impacts older versions of DSM and the hole was patched in 2013.

    The long version:

    Dear Synology users,

    We would like to inform you that a ransomware called "SynoLocker" is currently affecting some Synology NAS ...

  6. Synology as a Private Photo Sharing Service: A Visual Walkthrough

    April 21, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The past year's turmoil and churn with photo storage services was a major motivation for me to get control of my own photo management. My primary goal was to develop a system that was service-agnostic. I wanted a file structure on a computer that I controlled and could easily ...

  7. Synology Sync with Dropbox and Google Drive

    March 16, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    Synology just released their latest update for their network attached storage drives.1 DSM 5 provides a significant improvement to the UI of the management console but it also brings some new tricks the my all-around favorite piece of hardware, such as Cloud Sync for automatic syncing with Goolge Drive ...

  8. Disk Image Backups to a NAS

    March 09, 2014 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I perform nightly backups to my NAS. SuperDuper is my tool of choice. Each night around two in the morning, SuperDuper launches, looks at my boot drive, and performs an incremental backup of everything. I store my backups on my Synology drive as disk images, which means there's a ...

  9. Photo Backup Services

    November 07, 2013 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    This is the best and most heartless time to say this bluntly:

    A backup service is not a backup solution.

    Services like Everpix are convenient and wonderful for short term satisfaction. They provide valuable features like sharing, browsing and reminiscing. To think of them as a complete backup is a ...

  10. Aperture Backup Routine [Link]

    August 26, 2013 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Mel Ashar gives a quick rundown one way to backup Aperture photos. Basically, I agree. Nothing is better than an external drive, but I'd forgo TimeMachine in favor a SuperDuper backup.