SpiderOak is flexible enough to back up anything, to share files easily
with your friends, and to sync files between Mac, Windows, and Linux
machines. It installs as an actual application, but it’s Flash-based,
so if you use it on two or more platforms, the experience will be the
Dropbox is the mayor of Sync Town, working like iDisk but more
reliably. And since anyone can have a 2GB account for free, there’s no
reason not to try it out. Paid accounts are $50 a year for 50GB of
storage and $100 a year for 100GB, so you might decide not to back up
your entire hard drive. But the sync and sharing services are the whole
Similar to Backblaze,
Carbonite lives in your System Preferences, with an icon in the menubar
for checking backup status, pausing a backup for 24 hours, or launching
the System Preference. By default, Carbonite backs up your whole hard
drive (excluding applications, operating system files, and temporary
files, just like the other services reviewed here), but the file
browser is clear and easy to understand, making it a snap to assemble a
custom backup set.
Spector Pro is Big Brother on your Mac, watching every move your
children (or employees, spouse, or roommates) make and generating
searchable logs for easy snooping. When the app runs in Stealth mode,
it’s truly stealth, not appearing in the Dock, Applications folder,
Force Quit menu, System Profiler, or anywhere else. Just press your
personal key-combo, then type your chosen password, and you can keep
tabs on nearly anything the users of the monitored Mac do.
FileMaker Pro can organize any data in your home or work life: mailinglists, DVD collections, expense reports, personal budgets, and more.Since it scales up to business users, home users can be challenged byits slightly obtuse—although improved—interface. Thankfully, tutorialsand more than 40 templates introduce the essential features; with justa little persistence, you can build complicated databases thatautomatically relate and organize data.
While the name might invoke a creepy psychic or hooded astrologer in
the dark corners of a carnival tent, Numerology is actually an amazing
digital simulation of a mainstay of the classic electronic music world,
the step sequencer.
VoodooPad Pro is one of those apps that takes a while to grow on you.
When you open up a new document for the first time, VoodooPad looks
kind of like a TextEdit window—in other words, plain and devoid of
excess features. But if you’re the kind of person who needs to capture
information and ideas as they happen, before they disappear into the
ether—writers, students, compulsive list-makers, listen up—VoodooPad
quickly becomes a valuable tool for recording all the awesome band
names, Wi-Fi passwords, haiku, class notes, important telephone
numbers, and ideas for your novel that pass between your ears every day.
Don’t be disappointed when we say that Prince of Persia is all about
movement; this isn’t Woz dancing with stars. (Oh wait, he was the
star.) Prince of Persia makes wall-running parkour look like toddlers
at a playground. Your characters stick vaults more cleanly than Russian
gymnasts and free-climb like geckos.