Archive for the 'internet' Category

Online Backup Review, the Final Chapter

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Since my last review of online backup choices, I discovered that CrashPlan now offers unlimited online backup options, putting their pricing right in line with the other least costly options. Since my Mozy subscription was about to end, I decided to take another look, and I’m glad I did. CrashPlan is unique in that it [...]

Firefox 3.5 Slow Startup

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

I switched to Firefox 3.0 a few months ago, and I was looking forward to the release of version 3.5. It’s supposed to have a much faster JavaScript engine and some other nice improvements, but unfortunately Firefox 3.5 startup time is much slower than 3.0 (which wasn’t very fast to begin with). A cold start [...]

SafeCopy Backup

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Another online backup service has joined the fray: SafeCopy Backup, and it looks very promising. I received immediate and knowledgeable responses from their online chat service. It appears to meet all my requirements and almost all optional features, and pricing is very reasonable. Their backup infrastructure is on par with S3 (multiple physical sites and [...]

Online Backup Comparison

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

I haven’t gotten very far yet reviewing online backup services. I continue to use MozyHome personal files and JungleDisk for business data, which work reasonably well. One nice thing about both of these products is that they run as a Windows service, and their system tray monitor apps don’t need to be running for backups [...]

Online Backup Review, Part 2

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Since my initial Mozy backup and review, I discovered that Mozy wasn’t performing incremental backups of modified files. Since I backup several large Ultra Recall database files that change frequently, this makes incremental backups painfully slow. It turns out that rather than comparing the new and old file contents and uploading differences at the block [...]

Worry-Free Off-Site Backup for the 21st Century

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Anyone with important data on their computer needs a good backup strategy. Hard drives fail and catastrophes do occur, so both on-site and off-site backups are important. Off-site backup used to be a real pain. One way is to store a tape or DVD backup in a safe deposit box, but keeping it up-to-date is [...]

Google Just Removed Its Best Feature!

Friday, November 7th, 2008

For the last couple of years, Google had an experimental search feature called Keyboard Shortcuts available. I found it indispensible for navigating search results via the keyboard. Well, today that feature is gone (results can no longer be navigated via the keyboard and the message “The experiment you’re trying to access is no longer available” [...]

Headache-Free Spam Prevention

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

By any measure, spam is a significant problem for email today. Having to wade through dozens or more spam messages in your inbox daily really hampers productivity. But thankfully it’s also easy to overcome this problem. For personal email, GMail is the way to go, bar none. Since switching from Yahoo to GMail over 15 [...]

First Look at Google Chrome

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

The internet is abuzz with comments about Google Chrome, the newest entry in the browser wars. Within the first day, it had already exceeded Opera’s market share, and we had several questions about support for it in Ultra Recall. So I decided to download and install it to see it for myself. In true Google [...]

First Gmail Spam!

Monday, August 13th, 2007

A few months back, I switched from Yahoo! Mail to Gmail for my personal email account, primarily because of its excellent keyboard accessibility. Yesterday, I encountered the first spam message to erroneously end up in my Inbox. Compare that with Yahoo! Mail, where I averaged a couple of uncaught spam nearly every day. Very impressive [...]