How-To: Use Time Machine Over a Network

I love Time Machine for its simplicity and the fact that it’s free. Apple (s aapl) did the right thing in creating a backup utility that was integrated into the OS and was actually useful. Anyone who has fought with Windows Backup can tell you, this has been needed for a long time.¬†Apple created a beautiful backup ¬†utility and then made money on hardware that seamlessly works with it. For the home user, nothing could be more simple.

In the office environment however, users tend to backup to server shares and not local external drives. So, let’s take a look at how to use Time Machine over a network. Read More about How-To: Use Time Machine Over a Network

Backup Strategies For the Paranoid

When was the last time you backed up all of that precious data you carry around on your laptop or have stored away on the desktop? What if your house or office burned down — would your backups go up in flames, too?

Aperture 3: Upgrading Aperture 2 Libraries May Cause Headaches

So Aperture 3 (s aapl) is finally out. The trial has been an absolute dream to play with. It doesn’t upgrade your existing Aperture 2 library, so you need to test it on newly imported images. However, for those who immediately bit the bullet and upgraded with a full license, it hasn’t been all roses. If you’re new to Aperture in version 3, you may carry on with your day — but if you’re moving from version 2 to the 3, you should probably read on.

Hopefully, you’re reading this before you’ve run into any problems. Here at TheAppleBlog, we aim to lessen your pain. It should go without saying, but please, please, make sure you’ve got at least one backup of your Aperture library. You should have this on any given day of course, but it counts double when you’re planning on upgrading and performing any changes to software in general. With that public service announcement out of the way, we can talk tragedies (hopefully averted). Read More about Aperture 3: Upgrading Aperture 2 Libraries May Cause Headaches

Clonezilla Makes Quick Work of Hard Drive Data Restoration

We all know the importance of backing up the data on our hard drive but, honestly, restoring all your stuff after a catastrophic hard drive failure can be a real pain. Clonezilla is a free, open-source app that burns a mirror image of your drive’s data so you can reinstall everything in just a few clicks.

Clonezilla supports Intel-based (s intc) Macs and comes in two versions: Live, for a single machine and SE for managing as many as 40 computers. As if that’s not handy enough, you have your choice of storage and reinstallation methods — CD, USB flash drive, or USB hard drive. Read More about Clonezilla Makes Quick Work of Hard Drive Data Restoration

The 11 Best iPhone Apps of 2009

Bolstered by arrival of the 3GS, launch of in-app purchasing and push notifications, the iPhone apps of 2009 have become richer and more robust experiences. Across 11 categories, here were this year’s standouts.

Is Backup on Apple’s Back Burner or Simply Abandoned?

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When Leopard was introduced, backing up became an automatic and effortless operation. Set it and forget it. Unfortunately, Time Machine backups are not off-site and don’t protect you against an on-site disaster. When I previously covered some online off-site backup solutions, Apple’s (s aaple) backup utility was not one of them.

Apple Backup is still a nifty way to back up critical files to your MobileMe account, or any hard drive you can mount, and I personally use it every day to back up my most critical files. I have tons of space on my MobileMe account, so I might as well use it. Best of all, it’s a free program with a MobileMe subscription.
However, in the move from .Mac to MobileMe and from Leopard to Snow Leopard, the development of this utility has seemingly stopped. The latest version is 3.1.2, and it was released on Oct. 27, 2007 — over two years ago. The branding of the program still states it does backups to your “.Mac” account and doesn’t mention MobileMe. I find it a complete resource hog while running in the background. Obviously, it’s not optimized for 64-bit processors. Humorously, it still has Quickpick options in the interface to automatically back up Internet Explorer data. Internet Explorer hasn’t been released for the Mac in over half a decade. If that doesn’t convince you Apple Backup needs updating, then I’m not sure what will. Read More about Is Backup on Apple’s Back Burner or Simply Abandoned?

Social TV Is Harder Than We Thought

Watch television and talk about it with your friends: Social TV is a simple concept. But trying early implementations of such projects makes it clear that this is more complicated than we might have thought.

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Sometimes it’s just a matter of seeing would-be social TV products in action to understand what they’re lacking. When Verizon FiOS added a Twitter app, it left out the part where people could actually update their statuses, thinking a public stream would do. Verizon said the capacity to contribute simply hadn’t occurred to them, and after users complained added the functionality within two weeks.

Today Cliqset, a well-reviewed FriendFeed-esque startup, launched a Boxee app to give users the ability to talk about the programs they’re watching. Cliqset’s strength is monitoring some 70 social services and combining them in real time. So it built a software library around Boxee to enable real-time activities, which could end up being very cool.

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What To Do Before Your Web App Shuts Down

I just received an email message about the demise of Projecho, little more than three months after first hearing about the easy conferencing application during its big PR push.

Gmail - Fwd_ Projecho Discontinuation - mediaegg@gmail.comWhat do you do when an application you’ve adopted and incorporated into your work process suddenly goes under? Nancy recently wrote about why she doesn’t trust the cloud for her work, but when you run a virtual company or are part of a virtual team, it isn’t realistic to keep all of your work on a local computer. Even if you aren’t a virtual worker, there are still apps that die quick deaths every day — their demise can leave you out in the cold. Read More about What To Do Before Your Web App Shuts Down