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.
Arq version 2.6.9 is now available! This minor update fixes several minor issues, including the issue where some backup sets weren’t appearing under “Other Backup Sets”. It’s a free update for all Arq users. Pick “Check for Updates” from the Arq menu to get the update. As always, full release notes for all Arq versions [...]
Arq 2.6.8 is available. To update, pick “Check for Updates” from Arq’s menu. Please note: Arq 2.6.8 may upload much more than you expect or want it to the first time it backs up. This is due to a bug that I unfortunately created in version 2.6.3. I apologize for this. Please let it finish [...]
When you’re deciding on your computer backup strategy, make sure it includes a form of “versioned backup.” A Memory For Your Files Before personal computers, we did our work on paper. The paper approach has a built-in “memory.” If you rewrite a paper document, the old document sticks around until you take action and throw [...]
Arq version 2.5 is now available! This update includes a new feature that posts a Growl notification when a backup completes. It’s useful for folks who hide the menubar icon; now they have a way to know when the backup completes without launching the Arq app. It’s optional — you can turn it off in [...]
I’ve been studying the computer backup industry for 3 years now and I’ve been selling my own online backup product, Arq, since February 2010. I’ve seen and heard lots of different approaches to backing up one’s computer. Here are some backup lessons I’ve learned. 1. Assume your hard drive will fail very soon Expect imminent [...]