If your Internet research needs go beyond the simplistic results you can get with the likes of Google, you’ll find DevonAgent’s unique search tools to be invaluable—when they function properly. However, as a Web browser, DevonAgent is below average in terms of functionality and stability.
Some people will be able to set up and turn on Time Machine with a single click. But you may need to do some manual configuration to get it to work the way you want. You should also be aware of some quirks in Time Machine’s operation, particularly when restoring data.
Although any backup is better than no backup at all, Time Machine may not protect your data to the extent or in the way that you need. A few significant weaknesses offset its impressive strengths.
The inclusion of Time Machine as part of Mac OS X 10.5 shows the importance of good backups for every Mac user. And while backing up and restoring files may be easier than before, you’re still going to need a place to store all that data. In this excerpt from his Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard ebook, Joe Kissell tells you what to consider when shopping for a backup drive to hold all that Time Machine-saved data.
If you’ve ordered a MacBook Air, you’ve got some storage decisions to make. The 80GB of storage that ships with this thin notebook goes against the trend of higher-capacity hard drives. But not to worry—Joe Kissell has some advice on how to make sure all your vital files and applications fit on your new laptop.
If you have more than one Mac but don’t want to use a separate hard drive to back up each one, Time Machine can help.
Does your Mac seem to be getting slower over time? This probably isn’t your imagination. As you use your computer, a number of factors can gradually lead to poorer performance. Luckily, it’s easy to solve most slowdowns and restore much of your Mac’s original pep.
If you want to turn your paper archives into searchable PDFs, it doesn’t get any easier than the Fujitsu ScanSnap S510M. At $495 it’s not cheap—but its bundled software alone is worth far more than the scanner itself.
The concept of instant and automatic backups is a good one. But LifeAgent 2.1 needs significant work, especially in the area of file restoration, to contend with the likes of Time Machine.
You know you should back up your data. But whether it’s the cost, the setup, or the hassle of swapping discs or shuttling around hard drives, most of us find a million excuses not to get the job done. So wouldn’t it be great if you could click on a few buttons and ensure that your data was backed up regularly?
Google wants to turn your Web browser into an all-purpose application. The company already offers Web-based e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, and scheduling applications; now Presentations, an online counterpoint to PowerPoint and Keynote, joins the mix of Google apps. Joe Kissell tells you what to expect from this Web-based presentation program.
Planning on taking the plunge when Leopard arrives on October 26? There are things you can do right now to make the upgrade process run smoother. In this excerpt from his Take Control of Upgrading to Leopard ebook, Joe Kissell runs through the things you can do to clean up your Mac in advance of OS X 10.5's arrival, such as updating third-party software, decluttering your hard disk, and running Disk Utility.
Safer e-mailing requires not just spam filtering but greater care in sending, reading, and responding to messages.
When it comes to security, you may be your own worst enemy. What puts you at risk is not so much the firewall, antivirus, or other security software you do (or don’t) use as much as the bad habits you may have picked up. Careless computing puts your data, and even your identity, at risk.
I can’t always know when I can trust a Web site to guard my private data. So I will take steps to keep personal information personal.