Back in 2010 I set up an online store for Arq, and it’s been working well ever since then. It’s based on the excellent Potion Store, which was generously made open source by Andy Kim (thanks Andy!). Potion Store is a Ruby on Rails app. When I first used it, I didn’t have to modify anything [...]
There are zillions of note-taking apps available today. Some of them are excellent. I don’t use any of them because my notes/ideas get stuck in them and I can’t get my notes back out. My fear (possibly unfounded) is that I invest months or years storing all thoughts in an app and one day the [...]
This is the story of how Arq came to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for backing up files. Time Capsule Back in 2008 Apple announced their Time Capsule. I was really excited because I really wanted a backup solution that didn’t require me to remember anything (like periodically plugging in an external drive or making [...]
It’s been a few years since I’ve had a “real job”, and almost 4 years since I started selling my first product, Arq. I’m amazed at how much I’ve learned through this process. I see now why the conventional wisdom is to “just do it.” Nobody’s going to map out the plan for you. It’s [...]
Arq 3.2 is a free update for all Arq 3 users. The big new feature in 3.2 is restoring onto an existing folder. While it looks like no big deal on the surface (it just asks whether you’d like to overwrite the existing folder or not), under the covers it was a big change in [...]
Back Up to Amazon Glacier Arq now backs up to Amazon’s new Glacier service, and I’m really excited about it! Glacier storage is super-cheap — just $.01/GB per month! With Glacier you can store 100GB for just $1/month! Or store a terabyte for just $10/month! I got hundreds of emails and tweets asking for Glacier [...]
This post is for system administrators who support Arq on multiple computers. If that’s you, please read on! IAM and Arq If you need to install Arq on many computers using the same S3 account but you don’t want Arq to see the other computers’ backup data, use Amazon’s IAM (Identity and Access Management) to [...]
OS X Mountain Lion is out, and all Haystack Software apps are compatible: Arq 2.8.2: online backup to Amazon S3 SyncPhotos 2.2.2: sync your iPhoto Libraries across computers Duplifinder 2.1.1: eliminate duplicate photos If you do happen to run into an issue with any of the above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll address the issue very promptly!
Both Arq (our backup app)and SyncPhotos (our photo sync app) were bitten this week by the code-signing gotcha that Daniel Jalkut, Ben Artin, and Chris Suter blogged about. I had switched to using Apple’s new Developer ID scheme for code signing so that when Mountain Lion comes out people will still be able to use Arq and [...]
Arq Forum member jmah did some reverse-engineering of Arq and posted a message about a plugin he wrote for Sidekick which tells Arq to back up whenever he returns home. The source code is on github. Really clever! I love it.