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

Arq 4 is out! 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 […]

Arq 4 Beta

February 4th, 2014

The Arq 4 beta is here!   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 […]

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 […]

Arq 3.2 is out!

June 12th, 2013

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 […]

Arq (Cloud Backup for Mac) Adds Support for Amazon Glacier

November 6th, 2012

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 […]

Using Arq with IAM

August 23rd, 2012

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 […]