When being Smart isn’t Enough… (Hard drive failure)

We grow up, being taught that right is right, and wrong is wrong. That there is only the correct answer, and the wrong answer, and nothing in between. So, is it a suprise that our testing tools are design to indicate that something is “healthly” or “failing”? Or “Good” or “Bad”? History S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitor, Analysis, […]

Backup? Why I want to forward…

Someone stole John Boldt’s laptop out of the trunk of his car. Nothing really newsworthy about that. But according to a CTV Calgary article, that laptop contained the University of Calgary grad student’s nearly-completed master’s thesis, as well as his research and notes. “It’s so many years of my life just thrown away,” Boldt told CTV. “The computer can be replaced. It’s […]

Apple Releases Fifth Build of Mac OS X 10.6.5 | World of Apple

Earlier this week Apple released to developers the fifth build of Mac OS X 10.6.5. The release comes just a couple of weeks after the previous release of Mac OS X 10.6.5. The current version of Mac OS X Snow Leopard was released in mid-June after just under two months of developer testing. Mac OS X 10.6.5 […]

Verifing Time Machine Backups?

Time Machine is very boolean in it’s operation.  It either was successful or failed.  So if there is a single file that it can’t backup, it aborts it’s current backup, and shuts down until the next backup cycle.  This isn’t exactly an optimal solution.  Other Backup software (eg Retrospect) will log an error on a […]

Time Machine Stalls?

So far, so good…  I had an issue with a Western Digital External Firewire 400 Mybook 500Gb drive…  After a few days, it would seemingly “go to sleep” and not always wake up properly for a Time Machine Backup… Time Machine would start processing, but continue on indefinitely, and would get “stuck” in the backup… […]

Back Up Your Mac to Multiple Disks with Time Machine

Since the release of Time Machine, backing your Mac up has never been easier. If you want to back up different sets of files to more than one drive, though, this script will help you do so. Time Machine, in typical Apple fashion, will seamlessly back up your data with little effort on your part. […]