I like ZFS Send and Receive, but I’m not totally sold on it. I’ve used rsync for decades, so I’m not giving it up anytime soon. Even so, I can see the value of ZFS Send and Receive for local migration and data management tasks as well as the backup and replication tasks that are typically talked about.
How to Use Mac OS X Sparse Bundle Disk Images
I’m a big fan of “sparse bundle” disk images in Mac OS X. They allow me to create encrypted repositories for valuable data that can efficiently be rsync-ed between disks and don’t waste a lot of space. So I thought I’d write up a bit on what they are and how they can be used.
Keep Multiple Macs in Sync with Dropbox
I love my 27″ iMac, but it’s a little tough to take it on the road. So I like to keep my Documents folder in sync between it and my MacBook pro. I’ve recently switched to a new method that uses cloud storage service, Dropbox, and am thrilled with the result. Read on for my document synchronization formula!
Ramdisks: Back From the Brink of Extinction
Using system memory for storage is something of a lost art these days. But many of today’s I/O intensive tasks can still benefit from the untouchable quickness provided by a ramdisk. Happily, most operating systems are still capable of creating and using ramdisks.
Iomega’s ix4-200d: A Killer Desktop Storage Array
Iomega is well into its second coming as EMC’s entry-level storage division. First, they applied EMC’s compact and full-featured LifeLine home storage software to existing gear, giving birth to the Home Media Network Hard Drive, StorCenter ix2, and StorCenter Pro ix4-100. Then they wooed the small-business community with the rack-mount StorCenter ix4-200r, adding iSCSI target […]