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1  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: July 16, 2014, 05:44:01 AM
Great to hear :)

By the way (or rather, completely unrelated) - I did a Show HN post on Hacker News and it generated over 20K uniques in 24 hours. Highly recommended if you've got a good project to show.
2  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: July 12, 2014, 05:37:25 AM
Is there any difference between the last beta and the current release version with respect to current features or bugs?

It would've been really strange if there weren't any, wouldn't it? :)

As of Release 69 the differences are as follows:

New features

⦁   Added support for backup run simulation (dry runs)
⦁   Extended shadow copying to recognize optional modules
⦁   Added an option for overriding default backup settings

Issues resolved

⦁   Fixed an issue with log viewer stealing input focus
⦁   Fixed a rare on-exit issue
⦁   Fixed two UI issues with editing periodic backup settings
⦁   Added an isolation layer for the Select Folder widget
⦁   Fixed several smaller UI issues
⦁   Fixed an issue of not logging context of certain failures

Other changes

⦁   File filters can now match by a file size range
⦁   File browser in filter configuration is now symlink-aware
⦁   Periodic 6-hour backup is a new default (was: real-time)

You can get the list by checking for updates from the last beta. It always shows the diff against latest production release.
3  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: June 06, 2014, 01:13:30 AM
Fair point, OK.

PS. There's always a magic CC# 4242 4242 4242 4242 which a test Visa card number smiley
4  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: June 05, 2014, 03:57:46 PM
Indeed, it doesn't. For BETA-xx codes it's 50% off. Or you can try the PayPal form, there's no CC info there.
5  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: June 05, 2014, 02:59:38 PM
Click "Review Order" and you will see the adjusted total.
6  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: May 22, 2014, 03:46:41 PM
Thanks, Joe. This was the most productive beta I've ever run, period. I'm extremely happy how it went and the amount of help and support I got from it.

Re: doing a separate announcement thread - I think everyone who wanted has already learned about the release :)
7  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: May 19, 2014, 09:28:09 AM
Thanks. I am now torn between attending to a keg of beer and a much neglected exercise equipment :)
8  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: May 14, 2014, 04:52:18 AM
Bump.

Just released the final beta. Next release is a production version.

http://bvckup2.com/beta/#!/topic/356

PS. Do things take 10x longer than planned with you guys too or am I the odd one out? Damn. I thought I could get it completed in 2-3 months, but it's closing in on 2 years now.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Word under attack. Don't open RTF files! on: March 26, 2014, 07:18:30 AM
Public service announcement

If you have to use Word or open RTF emails in Outlook, install EMET and enable it for both apps. In fact, it's generally not a bad idea to keep EMET enabled for your email client, your browser and the flash player *at all times*. Doing so plugs quite a few attack vectors and helps mitigating zero-days.
10  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: March 24, 2014, 06:23:48 AM
Bump.

I just released Beta 65, which is a the release candidate for the production version.

All in all, I'd say this was a damn good beta -

  • 11 months in total, 5 - in public beta
  • 65 releases
  • 140,000 lines of code
  • 700 git commits
  • 300+ forum threads
  • 1000+ support emails
  • Over 10K downloads

If you are using betas and planning to moving to the production release, make sure to grab a beta license in the next few days. This will be your 50% off coupon for the license.

And if you haven't checked Bvckup 2 out yet, now might be a very good time to do so - http://bvckup2.com ;)

PS. As I must've mentioned before, for those not wanting to update to the production version, the latest beta will remain perpetually available and I am planning to back-port critical fixes to it.
11  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: February 21, 2014, 03:21:03 AM
I just wanted to say I just picked up your program and this probably the best gem I've found on the internet. Incredible UI and exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for developing and keep it up. :)
Just one question: When released, do I need to buy a license for every computer I want to backup? Currently Beta testing with a family of 5. :P

Thanks, really happy to hear all of that :)

It is licensed per seat, correct, however there are progressive volume discounts - it keeps track how many licenses one has bought so far and discounts the next one appropriately (so the total amount paid wouldn't depend on whether you get 2 now and 3 later or all 5 at once).

>I tested it against a 1.5 million file backup and it kept within about 300 Megs. 

Amazing improvement. Congrats!
Here, the app keeps my desktop and server "in sync", fast, reliably and unobtrusively. Update went without a hitch.
 :Thmbsup:

Aye. I am running out of things to fix, damn it :)
12  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: February 18, 2014, 05:17:13 PM
Should be fixed now, in Beta 61.
13  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: February 18, 2014, 09:47:43 AM
Aye, thanks. I thought I fixed this ... :-/
14  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: February 18, 2014, 06:21:04 AM
the flickering of the progress text

Hmm, do elaborate. What is flickering exactly?
15  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: February 18, 2014, 04:14:34 AM
Beta 60 is out.

Took me a couple of months to rework the logging module, but the net effect is that now the memory usage during backups is flat. I tested it against a 1.5 million file backup and it kept within about 300 Megs. 

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This reduction was achieved by keeping logs almost entirely off the memory. This sounds damn trivial until you remember that Bvckup logs are hierarchical and as such their arbitrary parts can be collapsed and expanded at will. Then think of what happens when there's a million-item log and a well-caffeinated user starts dragging scroll bar thumb up and down, up and down. The log viewer needs to compile the list of relevant visible items almost instantly, which is easy enough if you pre-compute the visibility list. However, the visibility list changes with every node expansion and collapse, so any pre-computation has to be done nearly instantly as well. Now, stir in a million-item log into the mix and you are looking at a data structure that simply does NOT exist :)

If I were in SV, I could've probably built a small, but loud and cocky startup around this log viewer. Got myself an .io domain, bootstrap'ed website, a viral sign-up form and market it as a service, got acquired by Twotter or another and then teach people how Knuth is not quite up to speed with modern computer science anymore. But I'm not in SV, so I won't do that.

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In any case, other things in this release include monitoring of network locations (appearing/disappearing), few bug fixes, few UI improvements (see screenshots over here).

If you use the app, update. If you don't, you should give it a try, it's really quite awesome :)
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive Brand Reliability Data on: January 22, 2014, 07:06:26 AM
Even if their use is a special case to some extent, I think a failure rate of over 10% is bad.

True that. However it might be that other drives are also at 10%, but they just lucked out in BB's case :)
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive Brand Reliability Data on: January 22, 2014, 03:45:01 AM
One thing to keep in mind though is that these are failure rates under backblaze's usage. They are a backup provider. They may be routinely copying several very large files in parallel meaning higher than average and more random seeking, far more writing, cache thrashing, etc., which just may happen to correlate with Seagate's weak points and not those of WD. So you'd change the access pattern, you'd get a different failure profile by brand.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cobian Backup on: January 10, 2014, 03:04:12 AM
But why are you switching?
Does the current version of Cobian have any issues that prevent you from keep using it?
Yes. I have problems. I comment at the beginning of the post.

Right, sorry. It's just that you said "splendid" and then you asked for alternatives smiley
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cobian Backup on: January 08, 2014, 03:10:16 PM
Do you know alternatives ?

But why are you switching?
Does the current version of Cobian have any issues that prevent you from keep using it?
20  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: December 13, 2013, 01:24:49 PM
I'm not sure I understand your question. Like HTML vs plain text vs xyz ? Or how many details should it show (all operations vs summary) ?

Ah, no. What I can do is have it list all steps, just as it does in the log during the normal run.
Or, I can do something fancier, like display how a file tree of the destination would look after the run.
21  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: December 13, 2013, 12:31:37 PM
I am using the current beta and find it very good. I only want copies of files; not compressed files, so I have very easy retrieval. I use 2 type of backup; one is instantaneous to a second hard drive in the PC and second to a USB connected drive. This gives "instant" backup as well as a weekly snapshot.

Thanks, Chris. Glad to hear this.

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The one feature that is missing BUT is promised is some form of version control. This will greatly improve the program for me.

Yep, I want to add it, but I want to do it right and that takes time.
22  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: December 13, 2013, 12:27:54 PM
Everything works as expected here. Thanks!

Awesome. How's your copying and updating speeds? :)

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A couple things (haven't got the time to delve into other details yet): :
 
1- When setting the paths in "Backup From" and "Backup To", the browse button picks the last opened path. So if, presumably, the last picked path was for "Backup To", setting up Backup From" for another profile will point to the last "Backup To" path.

Aye, thanks. It is meant to start with an already selected folder or start at My Computer level. I fixed this a couple of days ago (another person noticed it). Some sort of obscure COM hiccup, doesn't happen often, but it always happens against everything that's written in the documentation. Go figure.

(edit) I should get the update out tomorrow or on Sunday.

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2- Some kind of "simulated run" option with a log showing what would be done is often useful. Most backup solutions have that feature and I always use it to make sure all is fine. Even if a backup is only a backup, destroying 4TB of data because of a slight mistake could be time consuming.

OK, that's actually very easy to do. There's a formal planning module that compiles a backup plan, so a dry run would be just a matter of dumping that plan without executing it. The question is in which format should it be dumped - any thoughts on this?
23  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: November 18, 2013, 01:57:27 AM
In the What to backup dialog, could there be a way to duplicate a rule so it's easier to create multiple similar rules?

Noted, let me think about it.

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Is there a way to exclude, say, files larger than 10 MB? I can only make rules for name and attributes I think.

No, not at the moment. Is this really needed? I'm guessing this stems from the need to skip over very large files, in which case they can typically be excluded by name, no?

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Is there a way to edit the default set of rules? I may have some rules I would like to apply to multiple backups.

I am adding an option to edit backup defaults (i.e. a template for new backups).

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Would it be helpful with checkboxes next to the rules so they can be easily turned on/off?

This I will not do. This is mostly static part of the configuration. A vast majority of people will configure it once and never touch it again, meaning that these checkboxes will just simply add noise to the UI and won't benefit that many users. It's a niche feature that optimizes very specific and rare usage scenario and as such I don't think it belongs to the UI.
24  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: November 12, 2013, 04:23:58 PM

The Browse window - I hear you and I will be redoing it shortly. Though I am so NOT looking forward to it. But regarding the file dialog - got an example?

For instance SourceTree, when I click one of the '...' buttons to select a folder, I get a dialog like the one to select files, but one that lets me select a folder:
 (see attachment in previous post)

Would you look at that ... apparently it's a standard Windows dialog, just a (much) less popular one.
Here's a code for it just in case if anyone else needs it - http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/CppShellCommonFileDialog-17b20409

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By the way, spot anything familiar? - http://bvckup2.com/wip/#24052013
I like your font :-[ .. btw, I notice the bwckup in the header guard -- was the use of double-v a codename for bvckup 2?

I like your font too! :)

bwckup - yeah, it's an internal name. w = v+v = v2. It didn't work as a release name though - I ran a poll on the mailing list and lots of people said it sounded like aww or eww. Though technically either one is unpronounceable ... heh.
25  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: November 12, 2013, 07:04:37 AM
Thanks, Jibz.

The installer can be closed with (x) if you don't want to run the program, though I just went by my own experience and assumed that very rarely people would want to install, but not run the app.

App window getting stuck behind others - thanks, fixed.

Missed backups - there's an option for that (sans the "ask" part) - http://bvckup2.com/wip/#04102013

Sunday backups - I would rather not over-complicate the UI to cater to people who can't figure it out just the way you did it. Consider it a natural selection to cut down on the support costs :)

The Browse window - I hear you and I will be redoing it shortly. Though I am so NOT looking forward to it. But regarding the file dialog - got an example?

The Log open/close button - just give it few days. Existing arrangement will grow on you. I had the button initially, because it seemed to make sense, but then realized I never actually used it.

Seconds - If I remove them after 5 minute mark, will that be better? As it is, they will get hidden once it gets over an hour.

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By the way, spot anything familiar? - http://bvckup2.com/wip/#24052013
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