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5176  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Backup software à la dropbox (backups differences in file - revisions) on: March 21, 2009, 08:08:29 PM
thanks cmpm  thumbs up -
the "mozy home" option @ $4.95* for unlimited amount of backup - then I could do as many revisions as I wanted (at the moment I'm backing up my backups online so I'm not too worried about their software so long as it works.

*  on the homepage it has a scary asterisk after the price - especially scary cause there's no other asterisk on the page so I've no idea what it signifies (I searched just in case!)
** (only) the pro version offers "Block-level incremental backups ...  Desktop Licenses: $3.95 + $0.50/GB per month
5177  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 1 free PageFour license (and one only) on: March 21, 2009, 07:37:06 PM
The people there are very nice, and I'm sure if you e-mailed them and told them the situation, they'd be willing to give it to you if possible.  Worth a try IMO if you were thinking about pulling the trigger.  I'm really enjoying it, personally.

Great suggestion, wraith808.  I contacted them, explained the situation, and now am a licensed user of Benubird Pro.   thumbs up

due to interest, they've now extended the discount till the end of March
5178  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Backup software à la dropbox (backups differences in file - revisions) on: March 21, 2009, 07:22:03 PM
it's extremely difficult to find out more info on their website about how exactly they backup the files -
could you clarify what you mean here cmpm ?
It does file types.
And just use it for the revisions.

Isn't that what subversion does? Just store the changes rather than the entire file?
I'll have definitely have another look at that then (there was a bit of discussion lately about "that sort of thing" in this Filehamster thread

Depends, in default mode (database) storing only the changes would make the most sense...but that would be true for any version control system that uses a database as storage medium.
of the top of your head do you know which ones might use "a database as storage medium" smiley
5179  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: MARCH 2009: It's the 4th Anniversary DonationCoder.com Fundraiser on: March 21, 2009, 06:43:47 PM
liked the look of all those eights

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what are those gold coins anyways in Cody's beak ...
5180  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a Quiet PC on: March 20, 2009, 03:34:28 PM
I'm running an Asus Commando Mboard (with a passively cooled chipset) in an  Antec 900 case. The case fans have individual speed controls allowing me to have all of them running slowly and whisper quiet ...

sounds great -
but do those fans have lights on them tellme
- that would be worse than a noisy case to me ! smiley
5181  News and Reviews / Word Processor Roundup / Re: Textmaker (Softmaker/Ashampoo Office) 2008 on: March 20, 2009, 05:34:03 AM
There's a special upgrade price of $12.99 for "owners of older versions of TextMaker, PlanMaker, SoftMaker Office, or Ashampoo Office"
for upgrade to Softmaker Office 2008

If you have any of these products registered check for recent email from Softmaker  [Make the switch: SoftMaker Office 2008 now even more affordable]
5182  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Backup software à la dropbox (backups differences in file - revisions) on: March 20, 2009, 03:42:21 AM
thanks for the Linux options Shades - I'm on windows unfortunately!

File Hamster? That saves new revisions any time you save changes to a file - any file that you tell File Hamster to watch.
thanks Jim - I'm using Filehamster and it's great but I'm going to be restarting a job soon with over 1GB of files that I'll want to make regular revisions of -
that's why I was looking for something that would only backup the changes in the file as opposed to the whole file

If I take what you say on board mouser about that type of backup not being so dependable, then maybe I should even avoid dropbox - or have alternative backup of at least the last few versions locally (which I would do anyway)

So (just thinking out loud now :p) options would be something like:-
  • Dropbox + small amount of  local versioned backup
  • Other online backup with e.g. 100GB* + small amount of  local versioned backup
  • Add  large (1TB) drive to my computer & continue with local backup + external drive for off site backups + possibly online most recent versioned backups

ugh .. backup is always an issue - reason I found dc though iirc smiley

* got an offer from Syncplicity for 100GB for $99 for the first year (who knows what it would cost year two?)
5183  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Backup software à la dropbox (backups differences in file - revisions) on: March 19, 2009, 03:35:37 PM
sorry I was a bit unclear

I really wanted to know in this thread about "local" software possibilities that would do this type of backup -
i.e. copy only the changed parts of files each time they changed and at the same time, offer the possibility to go back to different versions of the file -
(Am I explaining that part clearly ?)


I'm open to online suggestions too though - I just find the fees too high usually (there I'm being unclear again Wink)

Jungledisk does this but you have to pay a small fee for it. And for example Cobian Backup does this if you're looking for local backup.

I believe JD only synches when it does the "Block-level file updates" - see the last couple of posts in your review thread.
I'll ask in Cobian forum - but I dont see any sign that they do what I'm looking for.
5184  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Jungle Disk Mini-Review: offsite data storage on: March 19, 2009, 03:08:22 PM
Hope that helps!
- a lot !
thanks Qwerty Thmbsup

1) yes I think $24 per year is much more profitable to them than $20 one-time payment

2) AFAIK the versioning JD offers is where only the changed files get updated (but a full copy of changed file is made on each change)

3) I might just stick with what I have then for the moment and ask at their forum when I go to upgrade

thanks again smiley
5185  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Backup software à la dropbox (backups differences in file - revisions) on: March 19, 2009, 10:54:29 AM
This may well be covered here somewhere but as you can see from the title I'm not sure what to call it

Is there backup software that does revisions but only saves the difference in the file each time (which is what dropbox does)
I know there's synch software that does this but I'm looking for the equivalent of incremental backup on a file basis - without having to save the whole file each time.

Online (dropbox, there may be others that do this) I find too expensive - @ $99 a year I may as well invest in an external harddrive each year and I'll get a lot more space. It may be worthwhile from a convenience point of view. Always good to check out the options though Wink. Ah, I remember something about Jungledisk being able to do this too but I think it may just do synch - very difficult to find any info on their site
5186  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Jungle Disk Mini-Review: offsite data storage on: March 19, 2009, 10:50:05 AM
checking out their website today

I notice "Plus" is now called "Jungle Disk Desktop Edition Software" and costs $2 a month. (there isnt any once off fee)
Q.1) That's the only download that's on offer - anyone know the situation?
I'm still back as version 2.10a the latest is 2.60a - if I update will I have to pay this monthly fee?


They say it does "Block-level file updates: upload only changed portions of files"
Q.2) this sounds like synching as opposed to what dropbox offers (which is the option to go back to previous versions). Does anyone know it or use it and can say?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
They offer 3 options in terms of storage
    * Rackspace Cloud Files
    * Amazon S3 US
    * Amazon S3 EU

Rackspace Cloud Files

Rackspace Cloud Files Service Features

    * No bandwidth fees for uploading/downloading data
    * Pay only for what you use
    * No minimum fees charged
    * No commitment or minimum term

Cloud Files is reliable, scalable and affordable storage for backing up and archiving all of your data.    Storage
  $0.15 per GB-Month of storage used
Data Transfer
  No Charge
Requests
  No Charge
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which would work out a lot cheaper than other options if you're moving &/or deleting lots of files
Q.3) anyone know anything about "Rackspace Cloud Files" [well it looks like Rackspace bought JD last year] and how to change to it (if worthwhile) if you already have an S3 account ?
 You have to re-upload stuff but I cant find how in the JD GUI or in the forums (keep getting offered hundreds of threads no matter how I try to narrow search) and when I look for more info in the official website I get offered the dreaded series of videos - I presume I'll have to upgrade which leads me back to Q.1 above Wink

thanks
5187  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Frustration with User Feedback on: March 19, 2009, 09:39:38 AM
The idea of offering a good alerting service so that people can find what, potentially, genuinely interests them, is a good one, though.  Perhaps a separate "new software releases/updates" blog with terse descriptions?

what we need here is a database there's so many small apps all over the place here
showing them by what's new isnt a great way for finding apps if looking for something in partcular - of course forum search can be used then I guess ..
5188  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: wanted: alternative to FastStone Image Viewer on: March 19, 2009, 08:04:56 AM
ArtSee is very nice - loads big images much quicker than Faststone
unfortunately there doesnt seem to be a selective way of zooming (in Faststone theres Crtl+Mouse-Drag to zoom in on selected area and left-click to zoom in a set amount.)

I've also been unhappy with some faststone bugs for a long time now so still looking ...

Also I have yet to find an external viewer that follows the sort order in the file manager from which it's been opened - maybe that's not possible unless using default viewer.
That and a selective zoom and I swear I'd be happy :p
5189  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 1 free PageFour license (and one only) on: March 18, 2009, 11:24:28 AM
thanks for the info gpetrant smiley

sounds like the indexing is a very important aspect ... makes it v.expensive, as you say: without that 70% off!
So when you import something - does that create a link to the original, and, (pro version) index the contents
or does it actually make a copy of imported file in the database?
Must make for a very big database either way though - do you bother with incremental backups or does the programme itself have any sort of backup system?
I've been using dropbox for backing up my IQ (SQLNotes) database (it saves revisions but only saves the difference to the file) - it's under 30mb but before dropbox I was making a few backups per day and managed to have a lot of gigabytes of backup before I noticed. Havent had to restore the dropbox revisions so not sure how dependable it is for this ..
5190  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: External Drive Content Lister? on: March 18, 2009, 08:34:53 AM
I've found that "Index Your Files" has all the features I want without unnecessary bells and whistles. But of course that's just one of the many programs listed in the above link. I may try a few more to see if there's something even better...

do you think would that be suitable for keeping a record of backups on DVD as well?
5191  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why I Avoid Apple Products on: March 17, 2009, 10:43:23 AM

I dont know much about it (I should embarassed)
but AFAIK if you're preparing stuff for publication/printing I believe the mac fonts are much more suitable and/or successful
5192  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 1 free PageFour license (and one only) on: March 17, 2009, 10:13:39 AM
What attracted me was its open format.

any chance you could tell us a bit more there smiley
Is it a chuck everything in there and search programme  cheesy
It's hard to get a decent idea of it from it's home page and I hate having to look at videos (will do at some stage if there's no other choice but now not a great time)
ah they do have a list of features page (hidden in a drop-down list undecided) but that's not very helpful either.
https://www.asksam.com/br...k&b=askSam%20Features...

It would be great if you could give us even a vague idea of how it can be used

5193  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 1 free PageFour license (and one only) on: March 17, 2009, 08:46:08 AM
Can PageFour be used portably?

I dont know
There's no mention of the possibility on install or in the help file - there's no search on the website so I guess that leaves contacting the author unless someone else here knows
5194  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook: How to Friend Someone Without Showing Your Status Updates on: March 17, 2009, 08:40:38 AM
is everyone a member of facebook tellme

it bugs me when I get mails from facebook telling me my friend John or Jimmy would like me to look at his facebook profile - when I follow the link I'm told I have to join up to see it -  huh

I find it pretty offensive (of facebook) and a bit ironic if the people dont seem to be able to manage to even send me an email themselves (mind maybe they dont even know facebook is sending these mails undecided)
5195  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: MARCH 2009: It's the 4th Anniversary DonationCoder.com Fundraiser on: March 17, 2009, 08:31:14 AM
lets see ...

12:11 GMT

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13:26
(may have been sooner, I wuz away a bit Wink)

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5196  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: External Drive Content Lister? on: March 17, 2009, 05:45:42 AM
Maybe Cathy?

updated in the last couple of weeks I see!
5197  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why I Avoid Apple Products on: March 17, 2009, 05:41:02 AM
It turns out the real reason was that she had been staying with a family with three children all of whom had been extolling the huge advantages of their very pretty MacBooks.

what Apple really know how to do is to make full use of the craving factor
5198  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: External Drive Content Lister? on: March 17, 2009, 05:31:12 AM
You could have a look at the List of Disc Catalogers thread - but that has a list of about 200 programmes that can do what you ask LOL

But I'm sure someone will recommend one for you!
5199  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 17, 2009, 03:18:23 AM
jeez,
the related article is one wierd article - they're trying to be funny and report seriously at the same time: BIG FAIL

I enjoyed their "Article of the Now — Ireland" celebrating Paddy's day on the home page
http://encyclopediadramatica.com/Main_Page
5200  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How To Destroy the World with Nanotechnology on: March 16, 2009, 08:12:43 AM
that was, eh ... amazing  smiley
enjoyed very much, book looks (visually) very cool
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