Originally Posted by Gene Clean
And yet Apple acusses others of being copycats and tells them to start their photocopiers. Oh, the irony.
Time Machine is way beyond System Restore. And that's discounting the user interface, and the assumption that it works. Go read about it some more. Rather than dig out my own words, here's a comment from a "Fanatic Realist" on another web site with which I agree:
"Saying that Time Machine is a competitor to System Restore is to wholly misunderstand the nature of System Restore and an insult to some of the more imaginative Windows ISVs like Altiris.
Time Machine is actually a competitor to Altiris' Client Recovery Solution (which was acquired as part of the Previo acquisition). CRS allows a user or systems admin to roll back either the operating system, an application or the data (so long as it was a static document) on a given client system (so long as that system was/is a Windows system).
Time Machine improves on the concept of most client recovery solutions by, as is the way with many Apple OS developments, having a published API that directly allows Apple and third-party ISVs to incorporate Time Machine functionality into their applications so long as, presumably, they adhere to the Core Data persistence mechanics."
And he/she raises some interesting questions as follows:
"1) Will Time Machine have a server version available in Leopard Server?
2) Is Time Machine likely to be capable of dealing with 'transactional' data, from applications such as 4D, Oracle or Sybase Adaptive Server. Logically, there's no reason why such apps should not generate logfile dumps on a regular basis that can be integrated into Time Machine either allowing a company to 'rollback' or - more helpfully - recover in the event of systems failure or data corruption.
3) Are Apple providing - via stealth - a mechanism that allows backup software developers (like EMC Dantz) to easily create plug-ins for apps that either don't like being open when being backed-up or - for commercial reasons (like 24/7 web storefronts) - can't be shut down for an indeterminate period whilst the data is secured."