Archive for April, 2011

Dilbert on Backing Up Your Computer

Friday, April 29th, 2011

While doing some “research” I came across a couple of Dilbert cartoons regarding backups:

Dilbert: Backup Server is Full

Dilbert Cartoon: Backup Server is Full

Dilbert: Cloud Computing

Dilbert Cartoon: Cloud Computing

Any good stories about backup failures where you work? Or failures in communicating the importance of backups? Share a good enough story, and maybe you’ll win something.

Carbonite Named Finalist in 2011 CODiE Awards

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

CarboniteCarbonite has been named a finalist in the 2011 CODiE Awards for Best Document Management Solution.

The CODiE™ Awards recognize excellence in the business software, digital content, and education technology industries.

Other finalists include Central Desktop, RightSignature, and OneFile.

Last year, SpringCM won for Best Document Management Solution. In addition, Mozy was the winner in 2010 in the Best Storage Software Solution category.

To learn more about Carbonite, read our review

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Livedrive to Increase Prices

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Livedrive, one of the poorest rated online backup companies out there, will be raising their rates soon.

While looking into a completely unrelated event, this message was posted upon logging into Livedrive:

Livedrive Price Increase

Please note: The prices for all of our products will be increasing shortly, but by signing up today you will get the current prices for the lifetime of your account.

While we have no idea what the pricing is going to be increased to, or when, it’s not surprising to see. Earlier this year, Mozy increased their prices, and recently, Carbonite raised their rates.

Currently, you can get Livedrive Backup for $6.95 per month, or Backup and Briefcase for $16.95 per month.

50% Off IDrive Personal and IDrive Family Online Backup

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

IDrive Online BackupIf you’re in school, now is the time to signup for IDrive. You can save 50% on IDrive Personal (150GB) and Family (500GB) plans, now paying only $24.75 for a year of personal backup, or just $74.75 to backup 5 computers and up to 500GB with the Family plan.

50% off IDrive online backupSign up wih your .edu email address to avail 50% off on IDrive Pro Personal and Pro Family plans.

There isn’t much more to say… this is an incredible deal, one we don’t think we’ll see again in a long time!

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Android Photo Backup with SugarSync

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

SugarSync raised the bar yet again with their newest Android app, which automatically backs up your photos and syncs them to the other computers in your account.

Simply take a photo, and it’s synced to your SugarSync account and any other computers connected to that account.
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Carbonite’s New VP of Marketing: Tom Murray

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011


Carbonite this week announced Tom Murray to the position of VP of Marketing. Murray comes from a career at TomTom and, prior to that, Gillette.

Carbonite is still looking for a Creative Production Associate and a Product Marketing Manager in their marketing department. Open positions at Carbonite are posted on their website.
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IDrive Releases App for iPhone

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

IDrive iPhone / iPod / iPad AppWhat’s becoming a commodity in the online backup industry, IDrive has joined others in releasing an app for iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads. You can:

  • View data backed up to your IDrive account
  • Search for files/folders
  • View backed up files such as images, documents, videos etc on your iPhone

Other online backup services that have apps to access your data from an iOS device include Mozy and Carbonite.

Backblaze, where’s the app???


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Dropbox Serving 200 Million Files to More Than 25 Million Users

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Dropbox, the popular file sharing and synchronization service, recently announced some impressive figures on the growth of the service. More than 25 million users are now storing over 200 million files with Dropbox.

While we don’t see Dropbox as an online backup service, we do think it’s a great file sharing platform, and use it ourselves.

Congrats to the Dropbox team!
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Carbonite Raises Prices 7% to $59 Per Year

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Carbonite has quietly increased their prices for unlimited online backup to $59 per year, up 7% from $54.95 previously.

2 years will cost you $109 ($54.50 annual cost), and 3 years $139 ($46.33 annual cost).

Carbonite Pricing
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Mozy Online Backup Receives ISO 27001 Certification

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Mozy, the top-rated online backup service, announced it has successfully completed a SAS 70 Type II audit and received ISO 27001 certification.

ISO/IEC 27001 formally specifies a management system that is intended to bring information security under explicit management control. Being a formal specification means that it mandates specific requirements.

A Type II audit checks to see if the data security system has been properly designed and implemented, and is actually working.

For MozyHome users, this means little, but for some MozyPro users, this may be a requirement set forth for determining which online backup provider to use.
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