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JungleDisk goes 3.0

JungleDisk comes out with a new pricing structure and updates their software to 3.0. Everything now looks very Rackspace, which recently became their parent company.

Following are some notable parts of the release:

  • JungleDisk drives can now act as a native disk as opposed to WebDAV
  • Backup Vaults (stores filesystem metadata, specially beneficial for Mac users)
  • Folder sync (this I have to try and see if it works as well as Dropbox)
  • A new web interface
I’ve tried it on a Windows machine and it seems to be a lot more fluid compared to before. Haven’t really been using it for backup as I’ve been relying more on Backblaze, Time Machine plus occasional Super Duper cloning.

One thing that hasn’t changed though is it seems they still process payments only via Amazon Payments.

Backblaze on the Mac

So because of the Jungle Disk + Cloud Files hoopla that seems to have been addressed now, I decided to try out Backblaze for a couple of days as a possible alternative/complement to Jungle Disk. And from what I see, it is a hassle free online backup solution. Something I would recommend to a regular Internet user if asked what online backup solution they should get.

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Trying Out Mac Software

I’m trying out the following Mac software for the next couple of weeks:

  • TextMate – I’ve read a lot of reviews saying it’s the best text editor on the Mac and I’m starting to believe them. It’s very intuitive, the way it automatically indents code, closes tags and a lot of other helpful things when writing lots and lots of code. This is probably something I’d use a lot.
  • Things – task management software. I’m just trying to be a wee bit organized and its simple interface and workflow seems to be working well for me.
  • BackBlaze – unlimited online backup for $5 a month, which I’ve decided to try after some horrendous and unexplained Jungle Disk+CloudFiles downtime. (almost a whole day of outage) And from the looks of it, it just might replace Jungle Disk for my automated online backup needs. I’d probably still use Jungle Disk as an online drive though — for files I need to access from different computers and for archiving stuff that I might need but don’t want to store locally.
  • Transmit – Panic’s FTP software which I might actually keep since I miss the dual-pane interface that I’ve been used to.
  • Coda – Panic’s all in one web development software. Somehow I keep comparing it to Dreamweaver (which is still my favorite web development IDE).
  • Postbox – an email client that’s basically Mozilla Thunderbird Mac-style.

Jungle Disk now with Cloud Files support

Jungle Disk, one of the services I use for cloud storage, now has Cloud Files support. Previously, it only supported Amazon S3, which made the sign up process a bit cumbersome. You had to sign up for your own Amazon S3 account before you are able to use the Jungle Disk service.

I just signed up for a Cloud Files account a couple of days ago because I wanted to try it out with Jungle Disk. However, after updating my Jungle Disk to the latest version, it never prompted me for my Cloud Files account when I created a disk based on Cloud Files. Apparently, it’s already integrated to your Jungle Disk account. I guess this is because Jungle Disk is now under Rackspace owner of Mosso, provider of the Cloud Files service.

There are some caveats though with regards to the Cloud Files integration though. There seems to be no clear way of tracking how much space you’re using on Cloud Files since you’re not using a personal Cloud Files account. Also, migrating your files from an S3 disk to a Cloud Files disk requires you to manually copy from service to service (which I am doing now). They are developing a service for data migration but can’t give a timeframe as to when it will be available.

[via Jungle Disk Blog]

The Year That Was (Part 1)

I’ve decided to make my year ender post two parts. Part one would focus more on my brushes with technology for the year that passed. Second part would focus more on personal events and realizations. So here goes..

Hello Apple

2008 is the year I became part of the cult of Mac. I was always intrigued by the Apple experience. I’ve been hearing a lot how intuitive and easy to use Apple’s products are especially when my girlfriend got a MacBook a couple of years back.

Come April 2008, I got a taste of the Apple experience when my colleagues got me an iPod Touch as a farewell gift. The user experience was just beautiful and refined. Having gotten a taste of Apple’s definition of intuitive and easy to use; and knowing how easy it is to run Windows through BootCamp or virtualization, I was totally convinced that my next portable would be a Mac. And a MacBook Pro it was specifically.

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Keeping my devices in sync

Lately, I’ve been using my E71 more than my computer — to organize my calendar, read emails, make quick replies, update contact info. And with iSync I’ve been able to keep the info between my computer and mobile phone synchronized.

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