Backup to Google Cloud Storage Nearline

March 18th, 2015

Before you connect Arq to Google Cloud Storage, you’ll need to set up your Google Cloud Storage “project” and billing info. Arq’s help has a page explaining that. If you’re setting up Arq for the first time, it asks you to choose a destination and enter credentials. Choose “Google Could Storage”: Click the “Log Into […]

Arq Backs Up to Google Cloud Storage Nearline!

March 14th, 2015

Arq 4.10 is now available, and it includes support for backing up to Google’s just-announced “nearline” storage! Google’s new nearline storage is excellent for backups. Nearline pricing is super-cheap, like Amazon’s Glacier, but without Glacier’s hassles and confusing restore fee structure. Uploading is free. Downloading (if you need to restore) is $.12/GB for data transfer plus […]

Where’s the Export My Stuff button in this app?

March 4th, 2015

I’d love to use a note-taking app instead of the plain text files I’ve been using for years. I’d love the multimedia features, the searching. But every time I hear of a great one, I hesitate before jumping in. I wonder what’ll happen to the notes I create. I look for an Export button, but […]

How to Archive To Glacier

February 27th, 2015

Lots of people have emailed me asking for a way to put their stuff on Glacier and then delete it from their hard drives, because they’re running out of disk space. I used to think that disk space was becoming so plentiful that this would never be a problem, but the disk-space growth graph started […]

Arq Backs Up to Your Dropbox Account

February 23rd, 2015

Arq 4.8 is now available, and it includes support for backing up to your own Dropbox account! If you already have a Dropbox with 1TB of space, now you can use that space for your Arq backups. The Arq backups go into the folder /Apps/Arq in your Dropbox account. As always, all your data are […]

How to Recover Your Things Database with Arq

February 14th, 2015

The other day Wendy emailed me because Things crashed and she lost a lot of work, and she couldn’t figure out how to get back her data using Arq. We traded a few emails over the next few hours, but it quickly became clear to me that she wasn’t wasn’t comfortable digging into her Library […]

Arq Backup to AWS Frankfurt Region

October 28th, 2014

Amazon Web Services just announced their new Frankfurt region 5 days ago, and now Arq supports it! So if you’d like your data to stay in Germany, give Arq a try! Starting with Arq in Germany To get started, download Arq and launch it; choose Amazon, and choose the “EU (Frankfurt)” region: Then enter your key […]

It’s not about the encryption. It’s about the encryption keys

October 16th, 2014

There’s a lot of talk on the interwebs about encryption. Encryption is a necessary but not sufficient condition for maintaining control of your data. Controlling access to the encryption key is just as important. Lots of articles that reference encryption fail to mention this, and that’s confusing for people who are not crypto experts. For […]

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% […]