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This is where coming new to a product may be a help: we've been using Quicken 2016 for around six weeks now while researching a full Hands On review, and in the mix of good and bad things we've found out about it, we entirely missed something. Quicken 2016 does not backup your data the way previous versions of the software did and, we'd say, every version of every software should. The more longstanding a Quicken user you are, the more likely it is that it wouldn't occur to you that the feature would be gone. Hopefully you haven't had any reason to notice the feature is switched off but at some point, you're going to, and it may be under the worst of circumstances.
Today's Pointers column is both seasonally and environmentally conscious: it is seasonal in that we assume you will be getting some fabulous new gear before the end of the year, and it is environmental in that 30 percent of it is made up of recycled content. Back in August, we wrote a Pointers column about the value of off-site backups, and you'll see some of that again here -- but this time we're going to talk about backups generally -- it's wise, it's easier than you think, and you might need one so you are ready to transfer your data over to your new datathing when the time comes.
There is a slim chance that you've never run nor heard of Apple's Disk Utility application. That chance decreases the longer you've had a Mac as this little app is the answer to so many issues. It's where you format new hard drives, create disk images, and where you used to be able to repair permissions if you needed to. If your Mac is doing something odd, you could run Disk Utility and have it poke about your hard drive, looking for possible problems, and often fixing them too. If you have many hard drives, such as in a RAID backup system, you lived in Disk Utility -- or you used to. Apple has radically remodelled Disk Utility in OS X El Capitan and that's got people steaming.
Pages is the anti-Microsoft Word. Where Word has every single conceivable feature going -- and quite a lot of them work, even! -- it does rather show them to you. Despite the promise of the Ribbon making it easier to find what you want, Word users still have to hunt through buttons and icons that they'll never need to know, nor care about. In contrast, Pages does less, and looks like it does a gigantic amount less. We've had people ask us about swapping to Word because Pages doesn't do X or Y -- when it does.
Sometimes, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. This time, we are focusing on one offer from our own MacNN Deals store for Backblaze, a backup service that makes it easy to safely protect your important documents and files online.
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today's quartet of offers all help with protecting your data, including two ways to easily backup your data to cloud storage, make sure your local backups are performed securely, and to easily archive files on multiple drives.
Apple has come up with a way to use multiple iPhones as a "secure ad hoc data backup," in case the primary device is damaged or destroyed. The patent application, recently published but initially filed by Apple in February last year, suggests that in the event of poor or no data connectivity, the user's data could be temporarily transferred to one or more devices owned by friends, with the peer-to-peer connection being used to store backup data.
Today's Pointers column is about backups, but maybe a different kind than you're doing. Yes, it appears to have taken us nerds about 20 years to convince you non-nerds that backing up your data to some kind of automated system like Apple's Time Machine is something you should be doing (though I am constantly astonished at how many people still haven't even gotten that far), but now we want to take the next step: a second -- but this time, "off-site" -- backup. This doesn't negate the value of your local, connected backup in any way, but it can go even further in protecting your data and someday saving your bacon.
Yeah, I'm the guy that both made William take off his watch for a week, and made him do this column, My Stupid Fault, first. We all have tech tales of woe for sure -- the really special ones we've done to ourselves by accident or by incompetence. Mine is something I keep coming back to, time after time, after time -- and once, it almost caused a problem with Cold War-era national defense. Today, I bring you the second installment of My Stupid Fault -- a series of three tech failures at the worst possible time, with a common solution.
This is a rubbish smackdown. Where's the drama? Where's the bit where one of these backup utilities gets voted off the island? Here's the thing, though: over the last month or so, we've reviewed three very powerful applications that broadly do the same thing. They all back up your data to external hard disks, and they all create ways that you can startup your Mac again even if your internal drive dies on you. Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper, and ChronoSync are surely the leading applications in this, and they are certainly needed. We just wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't pitch them against each other to help you pick one.