By Mike Wuerthele Monday, February 19, 2018, 06:56 am PT (09:56 am ET) Promise's Apollo Cloud 2 Duo has a simple setup process on the iPhone that just about anybody can handle, and is the closest thing we've seen yet to network storage as an appliance —and we've got one on our test bench. The Apollo Cloud 2 Duo hardware itself features a dual-core processor. The unit comes in one configuration with dual 4-terabyte "surveillance-class" hard drives which can be configured in RAID 0 or 1 configurations. A USB 3.0 type A port allows for backup, transfer, and restore. Network connectivity is provided by a Gigabit Ethernet port. Mac users can use the device not just as a file repository, but also as a Time Machine drive, with incremental backups possible over the internet as well. Initial hardware setup is simple. Plug it into power, plug an Ethernet cable into it —and it turns on. Promise, and AppleInsider recommend hanging it directly off the router, which for most setups … [Read more...] about Hands on: Promise Apollo Cloud 2 Duo provides network Time Machine, iOS Files compatibility
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My trip to CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas, is over. I walked more than 75,000 steps (35 miles) to scout for the best products and ideas that will keep the tech industry humming. I won’t pretend that I hit all 2.6 million square feet of space and 4,000 exhibitors. I was impeded by my age, an unexpected torrential rain storm, and an unprecedented power outage that took down the giant Las Vegas Convention Center central and south halls for 90 minutes. But I came up with my list of the best of CES, and I hope you enjoy it. I like how some of these ideas come from non-tech companies, much like Carnival cruise lines came up with its wearable for ocean cruises last year at CES. This year, I saw technology fade into the woodwork, and the woodwork came alive in a way that solved real problems. In many cases below, I can’t say that the particular device or company will succeed, but I sure want someone to nail the execution. I love the fact that some of the … [Read more...] about The DeanBeat: The best of CES 2018 — ‘time machines’, robot race cars, and … suitcases
Over the past few days I've had quite a bit of hands on time with Apple's latest OS - Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard." Rather than rush out a review of the OS I've decided to take my time and take a look at individual aspects of the OS. I'm going to begin with the feature that I'm most interested in - Time Machine. Check out the Time Machine gallery here. Time Machine is Apple's answer to the problems associated with backing up data. The idea behind the utility is to make the process as quick, simple, and as painless as possible. The easier the backup process is, the more likely people are to use it and the safer their data will be. Rather than waffle on about Time machine, I’m just going to cut to the point. Is Time Machine as good as Apple wants us to believe it is? In a word, yes. My experiences with Time Machine so far lead me to conclude that it’s not just good, it’s brilliant. It’s fantastic. It’s what I wish every backup tool was like. So, why … [Read more...] about Time Machine
With more than 100 posts, the Time Machine Errors thread on Apple Discussions keeps growing. The complaints fall into three categories: Time Machine won't complete its initial backup; it won't complete a subsequent backup; and worst of all, it won't complete a restoration of a file or drive. Here's the post from Macuser_Matt: First time backup of 70GB disk sometimes completes without an error message (although I only get 47 GB on the backup volume ) and the second time it runs I get the same error “Time Machine Error. Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while copying files to the backup volume.” Tried everything - repartitioning the drive, renaming partitions, deleting the TM prefs file from the library, erasing the partition, changing the settings to prevent sleep mode/screensaver/putting the hard disk to sleep. Nothing. Disk just keeps spinning indefinitely. There are all kinds of suggestions and possibilities mentioned in the tread. And the community is … [Read more...] about Leopard Time Machine: Don’t trust it yet
One of the key reasons to have a continuously running backup, whether to local storage or a cloud-backed provider, is to restore files you accidentally delete. Macworld reader Helena is trying to understand under what circumstances Time Capsule allows recovering a deleted file. She wonders about a scenario in which with Time Machine active she: Deletes a number of files from her Mac. Performs a manual Time Machine backup. Erases her Mac. Restores it to another Mac. Will the files deleted in step 1 be recoverable, Helena asks? Yes, but not as easily as with some hosted and local backup services. Time Machine makes hourly, daily, and weekly backups, but only stores the least number of files possible to maintain that. So an unchanged file across many months only appears once in the backup. As Time Machine makes hourly backups, it drops the oldest (the 25th hour, more or less) as it goes. It keeps one of those hourly snapshots as a daily snapshot, and it drops older daily backups, … [Read more...] about When does Time Machine delete files that you’ve deleted from your Mac?
Time Machine really works. But is it the best backup tool for you? Perhaps not. Here's what you need to know. Easiest backup on the planet One you are running OS X 10.5, setting up Time Machine couldn't be easier. Plug in a USB drive and the OS asks if you want to use it for Time Machine. Click "yes" and the rest is automatic. Time Machine keeps backups Hourly for the last 24 hours Daily for the last month Weekly until the backup disk is full My 500 GB USB drive holds about 6 weeks of backups. Management You manage TM from a clock icon in the menu bar. When the arrow is spinning counter-clockwise Time Machine is backing up. The USB drive activity light is flashing and the system slows down - even on a quad-core Mac Pro. If you're right in the middle of disk-intensive work like ripping a DVD or ingesting video, click the TM icon and hit "stop backup" to get your machine back. Other than that minor annoyance Time Machine works great. H. G. Wells approved Need to find an old file? … [Read more...] about Mac Time Machine: backup for the rest of us?
I should have written parts 2 and 3 of my 'predictions' by now but a four hour delay on an inbound flight coupled with an Apple BSOD put paid to all that. The good news is that I recovered everything thanks to Time Machine and a reliance on a pot pourri of internet cloud services. This is what happened: Last Thursday, I planned to finish up some work and in theory at least, the inbound flight delay made life slightly easier. However, a BSOD on my MacBook Pro put paid to that. Researching the problem via my iTouch provided me with some comprehensive suggestions for a fix but after three hours of attempting various reboot options I gave up. I took the opportunity to re-tool, this time opting for an iMac and a MacBook. This goes against my convention of just having one machine I can unplug and pack up on trips but there is a logic to that decision and advantage. This way, I need never be 'down' for more than a few hours while my technophobe wife has access to a machine she can use while … [Read more...] about Time Machine and the Cloud rescue me
One of the most-touted features in Apple‘s Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" operating system is an integrated backup feature called Time Machine, which offers users a sleek, graphical way to create incremental backups and restore documents—or their entire machine—back to a fixed point in time. Now, Apple is facing a patent infringement lawsuit over Time Machine from Mirror Worlds, a now-defunct company that tried to be a player in the enterprise and desktop search arena and which used time-based "stacks" as a metaphor for interacting with files and objects. The suit has been filed in the Eastern District of Texas, which is well-known for ruling on the side of patent holders. Before folding up shop in 2005, Mirror World developed enterprise and desktop search software under the "Scopeware" name: it enabled users to organize documents and results in a time-ordered stream instead of a traditional file hierarchy. The company eventually reportedly shut down in the face of … [Read more...] about Apple Faces Time Machine Patent Suit
When people doubt that an election will be conducted fairly, their trust in the outcome and their leaders naturally erodes. That’s the challenge posed by electronic voting machines. Technology holds the promise of letting people vote more easily and remotely. But, they’re also prone to hacking and manipulation. How can trust be restored in voting machines and election results?Voting demands the ultimate IoT machine (to borrow a line from BMW). The integrity of these machines with their combination of sensors, security and data analysis produce the results that impact every aspect of all our lives.Roughly 70 percent of states in the U.S. use some form of electronic voting and counting machines. "The results go from that machine into a piece of electronics that takes it to the central counting place," said Symantec Security Response director Kevin Haley. "That data is not encrypted and that's vulnerable for manipulation. There are so many places in the voting process once it … [Read more...] about ElectOS uses open source to restore trust in voting machines
The speaker who gave our address at my graduation from Boston University was G. William Miller, then current Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. He told us we would be a generation with seven careers in over our lifetimes. I am at number three. Career number one: The restaurant business as a waiter and bartender. The restaurant business is a great training ground for important skills — you learn how to sell yourself, become highly organized, present your product in an engaging way, and always need to be positive and accommodating, despite customer personalities. You are exposed to varied situations and learn how to think fast on your feet. Career number two: My own embroidery business. The many years of restaurant work created a desire to enter a career where you didn't have to work weeknights, weekends and all major holidays, which drove me into opening my first businessThis all came my way by accident after seeing it demonstrated at the Boston Home Show. The … [Read more...] about From Washing Machine Collector to No-Suds Detergent King