Apple

Time Machine over the network no love

I have a Seagate 250GB drive that I was using for Time Machine. Locally it was great Then Apple updated the AIR port base station. SWEET. I’ve got two macs, a MBP and a MBA. The MBA uses a smaller 40gb drive hung off the Airport station, and backs up like a champ. I’ve got history back several weeks at any given time. The MacBook Pro however has had zero luck! First I wasn’t able to get the initial 126gb back up to complete. I read an article about starting the back up on the network, then completing it over USB to speed it up. Then reconnect to the network for all future backing up. NO LUCK. Then I gave it a night to do a full back up over…

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MacBook AIR limitation 1, solved

it’s well known that Steve J didn’t think any more than 1 USB port was needed on a laptop, never mind that Dell’s ship with like 8, whatever. For those with USB port EVDO cards, all that’s needed is a USB extension, since to date, I think only 1 EVDO modem actually fits. For those of us sporting ExpressCard… well we’re SOL, sorta. I found one Amazon, after seeing a similar thing mentioned on engadget. I tried it out on the MBA as soon as it arrived, seems to work well, you’ll want to be careful since now your facny EVDO modem is just laying out on the desk, or your knee or where ever. So my AIR will now never be adrift without the intertubes, except in Europe where…

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Error -1 unable to unarchive. AAAAHHHHH

So I zipped up some old 360|Flex folders; Atlanta, Seattle, and San Jose 1, and stuff to make some room. So far so good, I could just keep the archive file in the business folder and get in it, if I need it. Enter the MacBook AIR (More on that next), so I figure I’ll unarchive and copy those up to .mac that way I could have alias’s on each machine to have nice access to the data. Enter the error! the archive was a monster, 1.24gb, so after a minute or so of processing, OSX tells me that it can’t unarchive, error -1 not enough permissions. Ah hell. I rebuilt permissions, renamed the file, tried the command line unzip and zip tools, no dice… The final solution, changing the…

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So I have a MacBook AIR now.

I still wouldn’t buy one with my own money. It’s just too specialized. Tom and I ordered them for using at the conferences. We typically use our personal machines, which is great, but mine is a MBP, and his is some kind of 12 ton windoze thing, neither are light by any means. So this way we can carry a little less weight for checking people in, looking things up, doing keynotes, etc. The other upside, for me is travel. My wife and I are staying in Italy a week beyond 360|Flex Europe and blogging and surfing the web will be much nicer without a 3 or 4 lb MBP. I’ll be in Japan in May, again, a lighter machine will rock. Plus, my MBP is my dev machine, it’s…

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