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1  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.
2  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.
3  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 :)
4  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.
5  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 ... :-/
6  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?
7  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. 

[attachimg=#1]

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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 :)
8  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 :)
9  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.
10  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
11  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?
12  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.
13  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.
14  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?
15  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.
16  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.
17  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
18  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 23, 2013, 02:01:38 AM
Just to be 100% clear: both create a snapshot, which gets modified as your files gets modified. It doesnt create a new snapshot at each backup. [Just in case the "snapshots" query was also about some form of versioning.]

That's correct. It does not create new snapshot on every run, it updates the one created on the first run.
19  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 02:36:45 PM
Personally I think there is definitely a use case for one-way sync used as backup, and I commend you for sticking to doing one thing really well, instead of adding all the features other backup software has thumbs up.

Commendation well received, thank you :-)
20  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 02:34:47 PM
It's a matter of terminology really. To each his own. For example, I disagree that compression is an expected part of backup. Nor do I think that Restore should be a built-in app's function, especially if it"s essentially a thinly veiled basic file copy. I hear you that many people were led to believe that a backup without compression is not a "proper" backup, but that's not a reason enough for me to play along. This tendency to compete on the length of a feature list is very unfortunate.

I think this is a trickier topic than it sounds. It chains a bit to your earlier remark about my theme.
"Submit a bug report for an unreleased theme to Microsoft - do I expect them to do anything? No."

Just to close this particular issue - you are using a theme that wasn't released or is supported officially, that causes a common control not to be painted correctly and then somehow it should be me working around this issue in my program. Sorry, this makes little sense. Admittedly, in certain cases devs do work around other people's problems, but these are singular high-impact cases (like having a setup package mis-detected as a trojan by Symantec) and they are rare exceptions.

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But for these smaller apps, having the dev put in features feels to me like an important process, because it can change a user's opinion of the developer.

I made a lot of changes in 5 months that the app sat in private beta. But I never add features just because they are easy to do and somebody asked for them. This is a design by a committee and it is a ROAD TO HELL. Retaining app's focus is really hard and it involves both (a) knowing what it is and (b) saying No on a regular basis.
21  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 02:24:31 PM
@apankrat: the logs look so nice and easy compared to your average log :-*

I agree :-)

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Query (similar to one in previous post) -
does it do versioning? (with apologies if stated above - have been following the events, but not very closely...)

It doesn't do versioning, but here are my thoughts on this.

I firmly believe that versioning needs to be done in a way that doesn't lock file history to specific software. This means that the version archive format needs to be open and documented. This in turn means that I should either invent and document such format (but then someone else will need to code alternative tools to work with it) -or- I can adopt an existing format.

Can you guess where this is going? ... 3,2,1 ... That's right - it should use Git :-)

So the plan as it stands is to get the V2 on the road first and then to tackle file versioning.
22  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 02:17:46 PM

You misunderstand what the delta copying is and I guess the explanation I have in the Backup Config window should be reworded -
 (see attachment in previous post)
Delta copying doesn't copy deltas and store them in a separate file. It copies them into the existing backup copy. Think of it as a selective, per-block update of the backup copy. Performance-wise it makes no difference on the first run, but on the second run in vast majority of cases it delivers significant speed up (over copying file in its entirety).

I'm not so sure that I am. Copy Files In Full creates "snapshots" in a point in time, right?

Correct, but so does the delta copying.

Say you have C:\Temp\file.ext and you set it to be backed up to X:\Backup.
You run the backup first time, it creates X:\Backup\file.ext. An exact copy.

Then you go and edit C:\Temp\file.ext, change something in it.
You run the backup second time. It updates X:\Backup\file.ext and again it becomes an exact copy of C:\Temp\file.ext.

This happens regardless of whether you are using the full or the delta copier. The "full/delta" differences affects *how* the file is updated, but the net effect is the same - the backup copy becomes an exact replica of the original. Think of it as a performance optimization that allows the backup complete faster, but doesn't affect what's actually being done to the backup.

Does this make sense?
23  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 01:03:15 PM
I seem to remember we've discussed the name before -- I think "backup" gives people some associations about features like restore, compression, etc. As I understand it, what Bvckup does is one-way sync, which can be used for simple backups.

It's a matter of terminology really. To each his own. For example, I disagree that compression is an expected part of backup. Nor do I think that Restore should be a built-in app's function, especially if it"s essentially a thinly veiled basic file copy. I hear you that many people were led to believe that a backup without compression is not a "proper" backup, but that's not a reason enough for me to play along. This tendency to compete on the length of a feature list is very unfortunate.

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In information technology, a backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying and archiving of computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.


That's from Wikipedia too. If a program creates an archive copy of a file, primarily to protect against the data loss, it's a backup. It's really quite simple.

But that aside - have you tried the program? What do you think?
24  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 11:50:23 AM
Notice on the last one I found a bug - changing the size of the window around seems to allow the background to "bleed through".

You most certainly want to log a bug report with whoever made the themeing software that you are using. This is a bog standard Windows scrollbar that is not getting painted through. I just have *zero* control over this.

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Ad because I selected "full copies not deltas", here is an example that the files came over.

You misunderstand what the delta copying is and I guess the explanation I have in the Backup Config window should be reworded -

[attach=1]

Delta copying doesn't copy deltas and store them in a separate file. It copies them into the existing backup copy. Think of it as a selective, per-block update of the backup copy. Performance-wise it makes no difference on the first run, but on the second run in vast majority of cases it delivers significant speed up (over copying file in its entirety).

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And I am done!

And Thanks! :)

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Question for the dev - how do I make a backup of my *entire* c drive? Theoretically if I have a bit perfect backup of the entire C drive, and it tanks, I could just have a comp tech "rename" my "D Drive" into "C", copy over from "Backup Oct22" into "C:" and I could resume using my computer, right? Please advise because I think I want to do that fairly soon.

Bvckup is not a system backup, it's a data backup. The principal difference is that it is not aware of things like bootable sector, MBR and other file system elements that are not files, but that are required for a successful OS boot-up. So while you can backup entire C:\, it will not give you a bootable image.

Basically the use-case for Bvckup is that of backing up your precious data, but not the program files or drivers or DLLs. Then, if the source collapses, you'd reinstall the OS and all the apps and then restore app's data from the backup created with Bvckup.

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Also please advise how I would do some kind of process like "re-install Windows", then "dump bit perfect backup on top of it" and maybe have a "brand new computer"! In other words, if the D drive is "brand new" (basically had only like 1000 transactions performed on it max as opposed for ex billions on C drive), a Fresh OS, (And I'm seriously thinking of going Win7 if my box can handle it and I think it can), then I win! Right? Stop me if I made a horrible blunder!

See above.

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But the backup needs to be "auto-zipped" or whatever so that it's smaller than the regular data!

Just direct backup to a compressed NTFS folder. This gives you a ZIP-level compression rate and absolutely transparently.

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So overall I like this program!

Thanks, glad to hear that!
25  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: October 22, 2013, 09:56:11 AM
"Initial Use"
- The opening "Nothing happened yet" screen

The white background on menu items - is it yours or is it mine? I.e. is this a part of the theme you are using?

Yours. No other app I have defaults to a fixed color under-menu background.

Weird, I'll have a look, but the menu isn't custom-drawn in any way. Might be a bug in your skinning app or the theme.

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Also the menus are "soft rollup"

I don't know what this means :-/

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Help/Support ... does ... nothing!

Ok, will look at this too. It merely calls ShellExecute with "mailto:support@bvckup.com".
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