Rebit 5: Better Than Ever, but Not Quite as “Ridiculously Simple”

I received my new Rebit 5 device, a charmingly slim, black 500 GB portable hard drive, on March 21st. (There was a time when Rebit wanted  to get away from selling hardware, but that idea seems to have fallen by the wayside.) The first time I tested a Rebit drive, the software was pre-installed on the drive. Also the second time. And the third time, with the SaveMe drive I got for my mother. … [Read more...]

(Belated) Review of Mozy 2.0 for Mac

This is a guest post by Stefan Didak, who tested Mozy 2.0 for Mac back in November on his new iMac and wrote about it in December. And yes, it is February now that I’m posting it, and have no one to blame but myself. After downloading Mozy 2.0 for Mac, I installed it on “Boron”, an Apple iMac 27 inch 2.93Ghz Quad Core i7 with 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, HD5750-1GB, and a 2TB Western Digital MyBook Studio … [Read more...]

StarTech’s SATA Dock & Duplicator: Handy, not Revolutionary

One of the things I like about my new laptop is the eSATA port—even though I don’t have any eSATA external hard drives yet. (I’m sure there’s someone out there who could correct that little oversight.) SATA (Serial ATA) is a faster way to connect your hard drive to your motherboard; most newer computers use it instead of the older EIDE standard. An eSATA port has a speed of 3,000 megabits per … [Read more...]

Clouds on Gladinet’s Horizon

If I spend the first several paragraphs apologizing and making excuses for not posting a column since April 2nd (ouch!), I’ll just be adding insult to injury. The Ur-Guru said to blame him, but he’s only been here since April 24th, so that won’t work. I just got caught up in other things—and I only wish all of it had been high-paying client work, which is the kind of excuse I like to be able to … [Read more...]

Dmailer Launches Free Online Backup Service to Compete with Mozy—But Not Without a Hitch

A couple of weeks ago a representative of Dmailer contacted me with information about their forthcoming, still-under-embargo release of a free version of their software that would also include 2 GB of free online storage. Because I have a bit of editorial backlog on this blog, it was not difficult to keep this news under wraps until after the official March 23rd announcement. Dmailer is a French … [Read more...]