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Mon, Mar 30, 2015The Backup-Reminder Edition

Backblaze 4.0

Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS:

Backblaze has updated its eponymous backup software to version 4.0 with significant improvements in upload and download speeds. Backblaze 4.0 introduces a threading scheme that optimizes bandwidth utilization when network latency is present.

And now, my reminder of the day: If you don't have any off-site backups of your precious precious data, please do consider something like Backblaze.

(And if you don't have any backups at all, please start doing backups now.)

Good Backup Habits Making Migrating to a New Mac Easier

Glenn Fleishman, Macworld:

To go forward, you must back up. This is an old rubric and bad joke about the importance of keeping regularly updated copies on hand of your personal and work documents and, ideally, your entire drive. Backing up is often an important stage in migrating to a new machine as well. This week, I cover my recommended methods.


An iOS clipboard manager you didn't know you needed.

Pro-Discrimination 'Religious Freedom' Laws Are Dangerous

Tim Cook, Washington Post:

This isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings. Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it’s time for all of us to be courageous.

Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook, by Mike Deerkoski (CC BY 2.0)

FDA 'Taking a Very Light Touch' on Regulating the Apple Watch

Adam Satariano, Bloomberg:

With Apple Inc. and fellow Silicon Valley companies edging further into health care, the U.S. agency in charge of oversight says it will give the technology industry leeway to develop new products without aggressive regulation.


Matt Gemmell:

So please, I implore you, make the risky choice next time you’re hovering over a colour-picker before clicking the Buy button. Would red be so bad, really?

You’ll be happier for it, I promise you. You’ll enjoy your stuff more. And if nothing else, you’ll save time at the baggage carousel.


A Wi-Fi Barbie Doll with the Soul of Siri

Natasha Singer, New York Times:

At a time when grown-ups can use voice commands to find restaurants, change channels on their TVs or get directions, it seems logical that children would now expect devices to understand their speech and respond in kind.

This fall, Mattel plans to introduce Hello Barbie, a Wi-Fi enabled version of the iconic doll, which uses ToyTalk’s system to analyze a child’s speech and produce relevant responses.


This is a love letter to a machine. It’s not quite the love Joaquin Phoenix felt in “Her,” last year’s Spike Jonze film about a lonely man’s romantic relationship with his intelligent operating system (played by the voice of Scarlett Johansson). But it’s close. In a world where the commonly held wisdom is that technology isolates us, it’s worth considering another side of the story.

Parting Words

If the future is here, just unevenly distributed, then I'll vote for anyone who will redistribute the future.

— Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) March 29, 2015

Thanks for reading.