Archive for the ‘Backup’ Category

Alternative to Windows Live Sync – DropBox and Sugarsync

27 February 2011

Windows Live Sync was an excellent and completely free tool that could synchornise documents between computers.

Sadly on 31 March 2011, Microsoft will be stopping this service.

They have already launched Windows Live Mesh to replace it. This release has been a massive disappointment. Live mesh does not support Windows XP, has serious effects on computer speeds and is susceptible to crashing.

Fortunately, there are alternatives out there. The two that have interested me the most are: Dropbox and SugarSync

There are lots of different articles reviewing the two and different sites select different winners (see links below). Both synchronise and backup multiple version of files across computers (PC and Mac) and allow access on mobile phones/IPAD’s.

In summary:

Dropbox is far simpler to use, integrated into Windows/Mac and reportedly faster. The biggest advantage is it’s simplicity.

SugarSync is more sophisticated, more features and cheaper. The biggest advantage from my perspective is, Like Live Mesh, it can support folders in any location.

If you are happy to store your files in one location, I would personally recommend Dropbox.
If you need to syncronise files in various locations then go for SugarSync.

You can (as I do) use both, but this will reduce computer performance.

Various reviews of both:



Carbonite – new feature and price increase announced

10 March 2009

Here is an email I just received from Carbonite:

Remote File Access
Beginning March 16th 2009, all Carbonite Online Backup customers will be able to access their backup from any computer with an internet connection using our new remote file access feature. This feature adds a layer of convenience by allowing your customers to securely retrieve single files from the website.

Price Increase

In the past year we’ve greatly improved the value of the Carbonite product, by adding several new features including a searchable restore drive. Therefore, with the addition of remote file access, we will be increasing the price of our service. On March 16th,
We’ve provided an overview of the new prices below:
•    1 year: $49.95 -> $54.95
•    2 year: $89.95 -> $99.95
•    3 year: $134.95 -> $129.95 (best value)

Carbonite for Mac
Announcing Carbonite Online Backup for Mac! Carbonite for Mac is the simple, reliable and affordable backup solution for Mac users. Your customers will enjoy unlimited backup space for only $54.95/year. And unlike other backup methods, with Carbonite for Mac you just “set it and forget it.” The Carbonite application runs quietly and unobtrusively in the background, automatically backing up your important emails, documents, photos and other files.
Although Carbonite for Mac is currently available, the product is in a soft launch and is only being advertised on the homepage. On March 16th, we will officially launch Carbonite for Mac with outbound advertising including updated landing pages.