Online storage service Dolly Drive is taking a jump into Mac-centric business products with the new Dock Station, a hardware and cloud-based backup, sync and storage solution being unveiled this weekend at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas.
Backups to the cloud encrypt and transmit your Mac’s data to online servers that could be anywhere in the world. These backups depend on a fast, reliable internet connection, and may lack the speed of local backups and restores, but they offer important advantages over backing up locally. For starters, most cloud backups offer some storage for free, with additional plans to choose from as your needs grow. Your files are kept far from where thieves could realistically reach them, and they’re protected (again, within reason) from disasters and random acts of clumsiness better than most external drives. We have yet to hear of a server brought down by a spilled iced latte at Starbucks.
Happy iPhone 4S Day! It’s been a crazy week for Apple fans with iOS 5, iCloud and a ton of related updates mid-week and now the new hardware finally arriving in stores today. Unfortunately it seems like many of us are stuck with a device that can’t be activated (on AT&T at least, see below) -- so here’s some reading material to keep you occupied for this Friday, October 14, 2011.
Something inside my beloved MacBook went terribly wrong the other day. I typed in my account password, and got that angry, shaky, “no way, you’re not getting in here” login window. But it was 7AM, and mistakes happen. I wasn’t worried. I retyped it again. No go. And again--nothing. I switched gears, and tried logging in with a secondary account on my machine, one that I know doesn’t have a password. Again I was thwarted, and starting to get worried. I dug up my OSX install disc, and tried to reset the password. In the dropdown where all my accounts should have been listed, there was nothing. This is the part where panic sets in.