ext|circ points to a MacBidouille report that the 7B21 build of Panther, which apparently includes a few goodies. Most notably, it includes support for synchronisation between Address Book and Microsoft Exchange. If true (and MacBidouille’s record isn’t that great) the last feature will be an excellent one.
With the hard drive in the Power Mac failing, it’s time to get serious about backing up. Of course, we use Retrospect to do heavy duty back ups: If you have a Mac, you need to have Retrospect. It’s simply one of those applications that everyone should have. We have an old Iomega Peerless drive that gets all the data from my an Claire’s User folders, which pretty much includes everything.
However, it’s worth checking when doing this kind of partial backup that it everything you want is actually being backed up, as some applications have a habit of putting things where you least expect them. MailSmith, for example, puts its signature files in the application support folder in the Libraries in your User folder. If in doubt, backup your whole Users directory, rather than just Documents.
We set up Retrospect to back up regularly, but sometimes it’s also good to get an on-the-fly backup, as losing just a few hours work can be critical if that few hours included an important part of a project. That’s where Apple’s Backup comes in. This little application will backup to either a .Mac account, or to CD-R (it requires a .Mac account either way), and for a small backup of a few megabytes it’s excellent. Backing up to .Mac also has the advantage that it’s off-site: If (God forbid) the house burns down, I can be up and running in a couple of hours (assuming I made sure to carry the iBook out of the burning building, along with the cats, my bike, and all those important books…)
Google Weblog has a handy page which lets you see what ads Google AdSense would put on your page. Bizarrely, mine are all about spiritualists. What have I written to deserve that?
Yesterday I managed to spend the whole day not checking email. Today, so far, I’ve spent a little over an hour and a half catching up on that backlog. If you emailed me between 6pm on Friday and 9am today, I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. If you didn’t, why not? Don’t you like me enough to email me? Hmm?
I’m currently working on a review of MailSmith from my favourite ever softwar company, Bare Bones. When Bare Bones’ main product, the uber text editor BBEdit, turned 10 years old, Bare Bones put out a limited edition CD with every commercial version it had ever made on it – “BBEdit – The Anthology”. And, to many people, BBEdit is bigger than The Beatles, if not quite bigger than God.
What’s nice about MailSmith is its integration with a product called SpamSieve, which is one of the nicest anti-spam applications on the Mac. SpamSieve uses the popular Bayesian filtering method to learn what’s a good email and what’s a bad one. In the short run, that means it’s pretty appalling, but as it learns it gets a lot better – a whole lot better. At the moment, it’s probably netting about 50% of the spam I get, which after 2000 messages received isn’t bad.
The other great thing about MailSmith is that it’s text only: HTML messages don’t display (you get an option to view in your Web browser instead), which means you’re immune from Web bugs and other little script nasties. You’re also immune from seeing a load of naked chick covered in jam, or whatever the spammers have decided you might be interested in.
Two in one day? Aren’t you lucky?
From City culture bid opposed:
“If Brighton continues the way it is going, we will wake in the year 2020 to find there is no one to teach our children, no one to tend to our sick and no one to clean our streets.
“But hey, there will be 2,020 places to buy latte, so let’s not be negative.”