The web has been buzzing about the news that CrashPlan is bowing out of the consumer market with their online backup service, opting to focus on the enterprise market. Should online backup services still be part of our backup strategies? Should there be different considerations for backups vs. archives? Can we get our trust level back? The panel of Joe Kissell, Mark Fuccio, Frederick Van Johnson, and host Chuck Joiner examine why there has been such an outcry over the decision, what CrashPlan did wrong and right with both the announcement and the transition, and offer their thoughts on replacement services.
Jeff Butts of The Mac Observer is back to share the details of building a Hackintosh, something many of us think about but never do. He discusses his practical motivation for taking on the project, why he names his computers, and how and why he picks his hardware options. We find out this isn’t a project for beginners, and that there is significant time and cost involved, but none of that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Jeff discusses the capabilities of his finished product, and shares some resources for doing it yourself.
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Senior Marketing and Community Manager Yev Pusin of Backblaze takes some time out from a very busy day to give us a rundown on the extensive feature set that his company brings to the online backup market. Yev talks about the response they are seeing to a competitors’ exit from the market, how Backblaze has continued to refine their service and software, and some of the factors that you need to be aware of when making a purchasing decision. Those factors include how quickly you can get your system backed up, the options to restore in the event of disaster, versioning, and many more.
Apple User Group MacGroup-Detroit just celebrated their 31st anniversary, and invited Adam Engst, Joe Kissell, and Chuck Joiner to celebrate with them. The panel takes questions from the audience and covers topics from Apple’s TV initiatives, iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, and the future of consumer electronics.
Jake Schumacher is the Director of App: The Human Story, “a film exploring what it means to be human in a world of technology”. Jake talks about the origins of the project, why he became interested in the story of app development, and how he and his team were able to get so many developers, both high profile and otherwise, involved. There were surprises, lessons, and changes in direction along the way, and Jake shares some of those, and more.