Although Apple should be commended for including a standard backup application as simple and easy to use as Time Machine, it's not very configurable. Simplicity cuts both ways: By making it a simple "on" or "off" proposition, Apple makes it much easier for home users to back up their data. But it also means it's not obvious how to modify the settings. For example, Time Machine … [Read more...] about How To Tune Apple Time Machine To Back Up Less Frequently
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The series finale of Lost didn't settle every question, but it did settle many of the long-running questions raised by fans. Although my live viewing was frustratingly complicated by failed transmission equipment at ABC affiliate, WEWS, I was able to watch the entire episode thanks to iTunes. So let's settle the things that can be settled regarding Lost. Yeah, this is a break … [Read more...] about 10 Mysteries The Lost Finale Definitively Settled
The Internet is responsible for the demise of many "meatspace" industries, from magazine publishing to CD sales, but there are some things it'll never do: No matter how much time you spend interacting online, meeting in person is something else entirely. I'm not trying to advocate a return to the old world of tech conferences and user groups. Rather, I envision a new breed of … [Read more...] about Nothing Beats Meeting In Person
There has been much speculation that a new generation of hybrid flash/hard disk drives was right around the corner, and Provantage confirmed it today: The reseller posted a family of "Momentus XT" 2.5" laptop drives for sale on their web site, shipping in 3-4 weeks. Many other sites began listing the drives as well, and The Register got the scoop, benchmarks, and official … [Read more...] about Smoking-Fast Laptops: Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid SSD Disk Drive Confirmed!
Before Google could even take to the stage to announce their new "Google Storage for Developers" cloud storage offering in their I/O conference keynote, Amazon hit back with a new low-cost "Reduced Redundancy Storage" option for S3. The titans are at war, and cloud storage is the new battle ground. But what was really announced? And should you care? Defining Durability Amazon … [Read more...] about Amazon Redefines Durability with Reduced Reliability Storage (RRS)