Arq backs up to Google Drive storage

August 12th, 2014

The latest update to Arq includes support for backing up to your own Google Drive storage plan! This is exciting for a few reasons: Google offers 15GB free storage, so if you don’t need to back up more than that, the storage is free. Google Drive for Work now includes unlimited storage for $10/month (if […]

Why you shouldn’t sell Mac apps through iTunes

June 11th, 2014

Ryan Leslie gave a great talk at IdeaLab last year explaining his approach to avoiding the iTunes Store for his music and his clients’ music. He gave some fantastic insights, but one struck me particularly hard. Distributing Mac apps through iTunes is a really bad deal, financially speaking, and it’s not because Apple takes 30% […]

Amazon Glacier Pricing Explained

May 29th, 2014

Arq is our Mac backup app that backs up your files to your own Amazon Glacier account. Backing up to Glacier is very popular because the storage cost is only $.01/GB per month! If you have, say, 100GB of files, it would only cost $1/month to store them in Glacier. But people sometimes find Glacier pricing confusing, […]

Arq 4 SFTP critical issue

April 8th, 2014

Please read this if you’ve been backing up to an SFTP server with Arq. Potential Incomplete SFTP Backup Data If you used Arq versions older than 4.1.1 to back up to an SFTP server, you may be affected by an issue that was fixed in Arq 4.1.1. Arq 4.0, 4.0.2, 4.0.3, and 4.1 could potentially […]

Arq 4 is out!

March 3rd, 2014

I’m really excited about this release! It’s got features that many people have been asking for, and it opens Arq up to a whole new range of options for storing backup data. It has undergone extensive testing and all identified issues have been fixed. PLEASE NOTE: Every Arq 3 license purchased since December 1, 2013 […]

Arq 4 Beta

February 4th, 2014

UPDATE March 3: Arq 4 is officially released.   I’m really excited about this release! It’s got features that many people have been asking for, and it opens Arq up to a whole new range of options for storing backup data. PLEASE NOTE: Arq 4 should officially ship sometime before the end of February. Every […]

Why I used Java servlets instead of Rails

November 4th, 2013

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 […]

Please Build a MIME/IMAP-Backed Note-Taking App

October 29th, 2013

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 […]

Why Arq uses Amazon Web Services

October 21st, 2013

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 […]

5 lessons learned from starting and running an indie software business

September 17th, 2013

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 […]