The Great Backup Debate — Mac Geek Gab 818

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Keyboard with Green Backup Key, text: The Great Backup Debate — Mac Geek Gab 818

Do you backup or clone? Which is more important? What do you do first? Ok, let’s battle. Well, not really.

Lots of Cool Stuff Found in this episode, including a way to turn your iPhone into a webcam for your Mac. Internet upgrade options are popular among the questions that came in this week, so your two favorite geeks have answers.

Listen along with John and Dave as they share, answer, postulate, and everyone learns (at least!) five new things.

How to Backup iPhone

· John Martellaro · How-To

The iPhone is so well-made, stable and reliable that it almost seems like it doesn’t need to be backed up. But you should, and here’s how to do it.

Don’t be an April Fool—Back Up Today!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

World Backup Day has passed  (March 31), but Dr. Mac says this is still a good time for his annual admonishment about backups, namely: If you don’t have a backup, your files could disappear forever in the blink of an eye.

Google to Fix HEIC Photo Backup 'Bug'

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Redditor u/stephenvsawyer found that HEIC photos were given unlimited backups to Google Photos because they are smaller than JPGs. If Google tried to compress them the files would actually get bigger, which would be a waste of storage space. But Google calls it a bug and says it will fix it.

However, what that means remains unclear. Would Google start charging for HEIC images stored in Photos, even if they’re small and don’t take up much space? Would it forcibly re-convert those pics to compressed JPEG, or compress them further under the HEIC format? And will the fix apply to all HEIC images or just iPhones?

I’m not sure how Google will fix it unless they just check if the file extension is .HEIC and arbitrarily limit these files (arbitrary since converting them would increase their size).

You Don’t Get to Change Your Mind about The Past in the Future – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 771

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

You Don’t Get to Change Your Mind about The Past in the Future – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 771

So how do these “silent updates” work, anyway? Why can’t I click links in Safari? And will your future self be happy with your past self’s backup-related decisions? These are the hard questions, folks, and your two favorite geeks tackle them just for you. Plus, listen as John and Dave share your tips, Cool Stuff Found, and more. Mac Geek Gab 771 is here just for you. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Time Machine Is NOT Time Capsule

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

The Time Capsule was a hardware device that combined a wireless router with a built-in hard disk to offer wireless backup using Time Machine.

Apple’s Time Capsule and Time Machine are two different products, and Dr. Mac has what you need to know.

Founder, Bombich Software, Mike Bombich (#2) - TMO Background Mode Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Mike Bombich is the founder and president of Bombich Software, the developer of Carbon Copy Cloner. That’s a backup app for the Mac that has saved the day for many users. He’s a former Apple employee.

In this timely post-WWDC show, Mike joins me to explain the structure of APFS drives and the new read-only System files in macOS Catalina. He explained new features of volumes in macOS 10.15, especially how the System is isolated from the Data volume (which contains /Users). He also explained the new firmlinks that tie these two volumes together, making them appear as one. Finally, Mike explained how Carbon Copy Cloner external drives can no longer be HFS+ in Catalina but must become APFS.

Don't Lose a Bit (or Byte) of Precious Data in 2019

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves Episode #313 World Backup Day isn’t until March 31, but I didn’t want this public service announcement to wait that long: You are going to lose every file on your Mac’s hard and/or solid state drive(s) if those files have not been backed up. – Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus  Notice how…

Resolved: Making Better Mac Backups

· John Martellaro · How-To

This is the time of year when many are on vacation. And making new year’s resolutions. It’s good to reflect on and possibly update one’s Mac backup strategy. John walks us through it.

Why not having an offsite backup is not an option…

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Our own Dr. Mac created a public service announcement he calls, “Why not having an offsite backup is not an option…” It’s 90 seconds long and makes an excellent point,  so ignore it at your own peril…

Reclaim iCloud Storage Space by Deleting Old Backups

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Running out of iCloud space? Check your device backups! Depending on how you migrated to any new devices, you may have old info stuck on Apple’s servers, and cleaning it out could save you money from not having to upgrade your storage plan.

macOS: Don't Forget to Uninstall CrashPlan Home

· Andrew Orr · How-To

August 22, 2017 was the last day that new CrashPlan for Home subscriptions were sold, and October 23, 2018 is the last day it is usable at all (even for peer-to-peer backups).

How to Restore Files to an External Drive with Time Machine

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you need to restore a file or folder from Time Machine but want to put the recovered item on an external drive, how do you go about it? In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover how to do that, so you don’t have to take up more space on your Mac than necessary!