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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Online Backup Service Mozy Discontinues Unlimited Backup Plans - My Plan Now Costs 1390% More Money

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:37 PM

Up until today, I've been an extremely enthusiastic supporter of Mozy for the past several years. For $93.56 USD, I was signed up for a two year plan that worked wonderfully. That works out to only $3.90 per month, which is affordable for anyone who has a computer and an Internet connection. Even if you were paying the $4.95 monthly fee, it was still cheap. I was such a fan of Mozy I was constantly evangelising their service to friends and family; I've seen the effects of data loss first hand and wouldn't wish that anger and frustration on anyone. For the price of a Starbucks coffee per month, Mozy would protect all of your digital information...until now. Read more...


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wuala: Online Backup and File Sharing

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 05:30 PM

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-d...and-mozy-wuala/

"Wuala is definitely one of the most under-reported start-ups, and there's no good reason for that. It takes the best features out of both Dropbox and Mozy to create a must-have online file storage service for anyone with a computer. Developed by Dominik Grolimund and Luzius Meisser, the technology behind Wuala is truly amazing. By using a ‘grid' algorithm, Wuala can take advantage of unused disk space across its network of users in addition to data-centre storage."

Wuala presents an interesting option for online backup, storage, and file sharing, and the reviewer for Makeuseof.com certainly is impressed with the service, which is available for Windows (XP, Vista & 7), Mac (OS X 10.4 or higher), and Linux systems. As with many online backup services, users are allocated a small amount of "Free" storage space (1 GB for Wuala), and have the option to purchase additional storage if needed. Wuala, however, adds two additional - and optional - ways to gain storage, as indicated in the above screen shot: 1) you can "trade" space on your computer, which will then be used by the Wuala Cloud to store other user's files, and 2) you can be awarded space by inviting others to join the service. Be certain to read both the linked review, as well as Wuala's own website, for additional features - some of which are apparently reserved for "Pro Users" (those that Buy and/or Trade for additional storage).


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mozy 2.0 Adds "2xProtect": Local Hard Drive Backup

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:00 AM

http://mozy.com/landing/win-2

"Mozy, the industry-leading online backup service from EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), today announced general availability of MozyHome 2.0 and MozyPro 2.0 on Windows. New enhancements include faster upload speeds and decreased bandwidth usage, new convenience and access features, and Mozy 2xProtect - a new feature which allows Mozy users to back up to a local external drive in addition to Mozy's online data centres at no additional cost."

I'm a Mozy [Affiliate] user myself, and a relatively happy one, so this update impacts me directly - and for a full dot release, I have to admit I was a bit underwhelmed. Not many visible changes in the client software; it's not immediately apparent how the local back angle figures in, though I don't need to use that anyway (I use SyncbackSE). I'm very interested in the 25% faster backups - I'll have to do a little test and see if it's noticeable. What doesn't seem to be fixed yet is the most incredible flaw in the software/service I can imagine: confirmed for me by Mozy tech support agent Rovin Shukla a few weeks ago, if any metadata changes are made to a file, the entire file needs to be backed up again. That 800 MB video file that you added a single new keyword to? Mozy apparently needs to back up the whole thing again. Yeah, that sucks. That one big issue aside, I'm really happy I have 450+ GB of data backed up with Mozy - I do not fear the Data Loss Reaper!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mozy is NOT Working on a Windows Home Server Software Client

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.mozy.com/?ref=3f9a896b&k...=30184&m=4&i=75

UPDATE: James Jolley, Marketing Manager at Mozy, emailed me to say that everything I was told below was 100% false. Mozy is not working on a Windows Home Server version of their software. The tech support representative gave me false information - I have no idea why he'd do that, so I'm pretty upset at feeling duped. I asked Jolley for a quote regarding Mozy's stance on Windows Home Server and why there's no solution for it yet, but after five days I haven't heard back from Jolley and I suspect I'm not going to.

UPDATE #2: Devin Knighton, who does PR for Mozy got back to me and provided the following quote: "Mozy supports Windows Server with its MozyPro offering, not MozyHome. We do not have any plans at this time to include server support in our MozyHome Unlimited offering." To give you some perspective on how unrealistic this is, I have 418 GB of data backed up with Mozy right now. If I were to back up that same amount of data using MozyPro, it would cost me $215 USD/month. Right now I pay $4.33 USD/month. Those numbers speak for themselves, so I guess I'll continue to use my current setup to back up my data to Mozy. I think there's a market her for someone to come along and win customers away from Mozy, so hopefully someone will step up and provide a great backup solution for Windows Home Server customers.

Every few months, if I happen to remember to do so, I'll email Mozy and beg ask them to create a version of their software for the Windows Home Server platform. I think Mozy is fantastic (here's an affiliate link if you want to sign up) but I've been irked that they haven't had a Windows Home Server version of their software since that's where all my data is centrally stored. Every time I've emailed them in the past, they've told me that since it's a server, I'd need to use their MozyPro service, which is much more expensive. That's missing the "home" part of the product name of course, because it's a product aimed at home users and those users can't going to pay the rates that MozyPro charges. When I emailed Mozy again a few days ago, I was expecting the same canned response, but imagine my surprise when I received this response instead:

"Our Research team is working to develop a client for Windows Home Server for MozyHome customers. Once it is developed you can switch back to MozyHome and back up Windows Home Server."

That's great news! I'm not sure when they'll release it - one would hope sometime this year - or what it will cost, but at least they're working on it. I'm willing to pay a bit more for a Windows Home Server version, but not much more. I hope Mozy doesn't price this in the range of MozyPro.

Oh, and as a side note, if you're not already using online backup service, ask yourself this question: if you lost everything on your computer today, including the backups you probably keep in your house or even attached to your computer, would you pay $5/month to get it all back? If so, then sign up for Mozy today and save yourself from that feeling of regret.

I heard back from the Mozy support tech was shared this information with me and he said it "should be launched very shortly." Sounds like it won't be much of a wait after all!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Backup Your Online Life With Backupify, Free Until Dec 31st

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.backupify.com/

"Your lifestream contains important data, but all those pictures, videos, documents, and blog posts are exposed to potential loss. Some web 2.0 services shut down without warning. Others are hacked. Sometimes data is lost from basic human error, or the intentional actions of a disgruntled employee. Don't put your lifestream at risk when there is a simple, easy, low cost way to back it up."

Backupify is an interesting service - it allows you to backup much of what you do online, slurping your data from Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Photobucket, and much more. They have plans to add YouTube account support, and others in the coming months. If you sign up for an account before December 31st, your account will remain free when they start charging for the service in 2010. Sign up now!


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Get Your Free 2 GB SugarSync Account

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Software" @ 11:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5245674/sugar...kyline=true&s=x

"Windows/Mac/mobile: SugarSync, a previously paid-only syncing service that got quite a few shout-outs in our feature-by-feature online storage chart, now offers a free 2GB plan that keeps documents synced across Windows, Mac, and mobile platforms."

SugarSync is a really slick service with some amazing features, but I've never wanted to use it before now because it's not a replacement for Mozy [Affiliate] based on my needs. Why not? SugarSync's pricing plans. I've got 267 GB worth of data backed up with Mozy, and it's costing me less than $5/month to do that. SugarSync's biggest plan offers 250 GB of storage and would cost me $20.83/month. With the vast majority of my files, I don't need to access them via the browser, so there's no ultra-compelling justification for the extra $15/month I'd need to pay for SugarSync. Thus, I haven't ever used SugarSync. Read more...


Friday, April 10, 2009

My Lop-Sided Bandwidth Chart

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 03:00 PM

I happened to be poking around the Web-based control panel from my ISP today, and I figured I'd check out my modem bandwidth stats. I'll give you one guess which month I installed Mozy in. ;-) I blew past my ISPs 100 GB bandwidth cap that month, but you have to do that three months in a row before they drop the hammer on you. I have to chuckle when I hear people complaining about Comcast's 250 GB bandwidth caps - I bet only people that are complaining are the ones running bitorrent clients 24/7. Unless someone is downloading an Xbox Live HD movie every single day in a month, it's almost impossible to blow through that much bandwidth with legitimate use. But I digress...have a great weekend everyone! And if you want to check out Mozy, use the coupon code APRIL to get 10% off. [Affiliate]


Friday, January 2, 2009

Time To Run Screaming From Carbonite: They Won't Back Up Your Videos

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 06:00 AM

http://www.kirkmahoney.com/blog/200...-buy-carbonite/

"When I started my Carbonite subscription nearly two years ago, at least one FAQ on Carbonite's website said that free-trial users would not get automatic back-ups of video files but that paid subscribers would get automatic back-ups of video files. This wording persisted all the way through my extending my Carbonite subscription on December 28, 2008, for another two years beyond the end of the expiring subscription. After I paid Carbonite another $89.95 for the subscription renewal, I discovered to my shock that MANY of my hundreds of video files had NOT been backed up, including video files dating back to 1999!"

I wrote an article back in August 2008 where I talked about why I switched from Carbonite to Mozy [Affiliate] for online backup purposes. My main reason for leaving Carbonite was that their service would not back up my EXE files and ISO files. Read my article for more details. What shocked me today was reading the blog post I quoted above where Kirk Mahoney confirms that Carbonite will not back up any video files unless, I think, those video files are in a folder with nothing else and you tell Carbonite to back up my folder. My read on this is that if you have video files mixed in with your photos - which most people would do, vacation photos and videos - Carbonite will back up the photos but ignore the videos.

This is, in a word, appalling. It was bad enough that Carbonite didn't consider my EXE files worthy of backing up, but for them to treat user video the same way is completely ridiculous. Most people will have more photos than video, but with HD video cameras getting less and less expensive, we're going to see a boom in HD content creation. If Carbonite doesn't want to back up video files, that's fine - but I'll be slowly moving every friend and relative off Carbonite and onto Mozy as the subscription expires. I've kept everyone on Carbonite because it has a more user-friendly software user interface, but I'm sure that they all care more about having all their files backed up than they do about having easy to use software - once I configure the backups for them, it's not like they have to do anything.

Carbonite as a company should be ashamed of themselves for not treating all user data, videos included, as being equally important.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Mozy Dishes Up Some Impressive Speed!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 10:24 PM

http://www.mozy.com/?ref=3f9a896b&k...=30184&m=4&i=75

Thankfully, I haven't had a data failure so severe that I've needed to use Mozy [Affiliate] to restore it - I should really only need Mozy if my house burns down, or I have a bunch of hard drives fail at once - but for fun I thought I'd see how fast Mozy could restore a medium-sized file (66 MB). I was shocked to see it downloading at an amazing 20 mb/s...that's 2.5 MB/s second in real-world speed. Heck, that's faster than my WiFi connection some places in my house! If you're interested in signing up for Mozy (read why you should here), use the coupon code OCTOBER to save 10% off the annual and bi-annual fee.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Five Backup Services Compared

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 AM

http://timhoeck.com/2008/08/prevent-a-disaster

"How much data do you have on your computer? Is it important to you - no, is it irreplaceable? So much of our data is stored on our computers nowadays, yet so many do not have a plan in place in case of emergencies. Maybe you, like me, have all your data on a separate drive. Maybe you even have it on an external drive. What would happen if you turned on your computer today, to find out that the hard drive has failed?"

I came across this blog entry quite randomly, but a fellow (presumably) named Tim Hoeck has written up a very detailed analysis of five different backup/sync services. It's a great read if you're looking for a new backup service. Myself, I switched to Mozy a couple of months ago, and I'm happy with the service so far. Elephantdrive looks quite compelling though - I'll have to look at it when my Mozy subscription is up for renewal in two years. SugarSync looks like a great product too, but they're really not geared up to take on the unlimited backup for $5 gang just yet.


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