A Replacement for Time Machine

A week or two ago, I discovered that the admin software on my QNAP TS-251+ NAS doesn’t play well with Time Machine (or maybe vice versa) – instead of deleting oldest files to make room for the new, the space allotted for TM just fills up and TM fails silently. So I’ve been reading about all the products out there, searching for an adequate replacement.

Today I turned off Time Machine on all our Macs and started using Arq for all backups. Its non-Java native app backs up everything to my NAS as well as to my Amazon Drive. If I used Windows machines for anything except testing, its native Windows app could back those up as well.

I chose not to keep my old TM backups. I’m sure there’s nothing there I don’t also have in some other form. (So I ask myself, “Then why do you need backups?” Well, “other forms” means on the hard drives of various local machines. In the case of theft or other device loss, it would be gone forever.)

Problem solved! Now I can quit stressing over potential data loss.

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Next-Gen LiveCode

I am jazzed about the revelations Kevin Miller, CEO of Runtime Revolution, made this week about their near-future plans for LiveCode. See for yourself:

Widgets and theming open up all kinds of possibilities!

Of course this is no more dramatic an improvement than their major effort to bring HTML5 web delivery to LiveCode.

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Programming for Homeschoolers

Here is my post that describes my first entry into homeschooling. My toes are barely in the water, and I can already tell this is going to be FUN.

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LiveCode KickStarter Project Ended Well

RunRev’s KickStarter project ended on February 28, 2013 and the final funding numbers came in at 141% of goal. In addition to preparing the decades-old LiveCode code base for going open source, they will now also be able to fund all their very significant “stretch goals“. Suddenly the future of software development is looking much brighter!

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LiveCode – Next Generation HyperCard?

I use LiveCode every day; I literally couldn’t produce the results I produce without it.

Now Runtime Revolution Ltd, the owner of LiveCode, is seeking Kickstarter funding to ready the ancient LiveCode codebase, which began its life in the 90’s as a Unix app, for going open source! This is a VERY good thing! Once it becomes open source, everyone – teachers, kids, hobbyists, YOU – can use it for free.

Remember HyperCard? Probably not, unless you were using a Mac in the late 80’s. HyperCard gave ordinary people an ease of accomplishment with digital data they had never experienced. Today you can still find pockets of HyperCard activity, though Apple pulled it from the market in 2004. And it won’t run on modern Macs.

LiveCode is the rightful heir of the HyperCard legacy, and offers similar personal empowerment but with current-world capabilities. It can be a rocket ride!

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Is Fire Good or Bad?

You may have heard it said that technology (or some other thing) is like fire. If you keep it under control and make it serve your purposes, it can be very beneficial; but if it is allowed to grow without direction and purpose, the outcomes can be disastrous.

I’ve been reading about Ray Kurzweil today, so please pardon the big-picture frame of reference.

But what about in your business? How much technology is enough? Or maybe it’s a question of which tech.

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New Site

I am finally replacing my years-old web site with one based on WordPress. I hope you like it.

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