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  • SUV crashes through Apple Store, kills one, injures many more

     “A Fire Marshall at the scene described the crash as probably "intentional." “Probably” doesn’t cut it. People are going to vilify the driver enough as it is without knowing what actually happened.

    Of course on the other hand you don't know what information was passed between the driver and the Fire Marshall as he was being extracted and transported to the ambulance.  He (the Fire Marshall) may have a lot more insight on what happened than you think.

  • NAS roundup: Best network attached storage options for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users

    camc said:
    I found that an encrypted backup is even better, in case you have to deal with ransomware attacks.
    Maybe it is worth taking in consideration units that offer snapshot duplications with complex encryption keys.

    I had to face a ransomware attack a couple of years ago: both the file server and the backup unit, which was a standard NAS, were completely defeated – no hope to retrieve anything from either unit. The Syneto unit that was sitting on the same network got under fire too - but only the last snapshot was accessible via the network, so it was the only one that got corrupted. 
    I've successfully restored the previous snapshot in less than 15 minutes (I keep 24 daily snapshots on this machine) and got everything back.... it was really a life saver.

    Since then I rely on a three-level backup: a standard Time Machine on a thunderbolt drive, an encrypted backup via Carbon Copy on the Syneto unit and the icloud stuff on another level. Of course the management of the above is not the simplest, but it seems a fine cover...
      I agree, it use to be hardware failure was the main concern when designing a backup plan.  Ransomeware has completely changed the game.  I discussed this with a cyber security expert.  Her comment was Ransomeware is either to total disaster for the victim. Causing companies to go out of business losing everything, or just a minor irritation.  The difference being a few simple steps that everyone should be doing.  Mainly keep an up to date, verified backup that is inaccessible to the ransomeware.  There are multiple ways of doing that, Cloud backup, physically plugging, and unplugging the backup device before and after each backup. I use two Netgear (526X, & 524X) servers, having one backup the other using the server OS. It does an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly backup schedule without mounting the backup disaster recovery share on the network.  The locked backup share is not network accessible, but If it were mounted somehow it is read only.  In order to access the backup share I would have to go in as the administrator and make a duplicate copy, then set the permissions so I could access the copy. I also keep a backup on a Backblaze B2 cloud account, just in case.  Then  a backup to a thunderbolt 2 device inside an encrypted password protected (not stored in the keychain) sparse bundle. I have been using Chronosync as my backup program. Have been for years.  It works especially well for networks, and cloud backup.
  • Editorial: Apple note sends media pundits into a fit of histrionic gibberish

    I guess what surprises me the most is that there is someone out there that reads all the click bait being published.
  • Panicked selling of AAPL lets Apple buy back billions cheaply

    sirozha said:
    mdirvin said:
    The whole trick is timing.  I bought a bit early Dec. 2018, but still made over 450K.  I'm thinking its still a bit early we have several more legs down, maybe.  Who really knows you just take  your best guess and go with it.  I would ask my 3 year old grandson but he's a few states over right now. I could get as good of advice from him as I any of the "Experts".

    Mike, there's this new invention called "telephone". It's very cool. You can talk to people miles away; sometimes even in another city. Soon, you will be able to speak to your grandson who is 3 states away. Actually, Apple makes a few of these new amazing devices; they call it iPhone. 

    Thanks for the timely advice.  I did give him a call just after he finished his morning nap.   He suggested I hold off for a another month for the smoke to clear. 

  • China would prefer TikTok shut down in US instead of sold to domestic company

    I do see the humor in all this.  If China wanted info on US citizens rather than collect info on the tweenies, and teens that use Tic Toc they could just go to Google, Facebook and purchase all the info they wanted. 
  • Should you upgrade to the 2020 iPad Pro?

    Right now I have the 2015 iPad pro 12.9.  Used mostly for content consumption it didn't live up to my expectations as a effective laptop replacement.  Like you I do a lot of photography with a 46MP sensor camera.  Right now I'm in South TX for a 4 day shoot.  I will be ordering a 12.9" 1TB model when I get back.  My expectation is use LR on the iPad keeping one copy on the iPad, exporting a copy to a 2TB SSD for backup.  Replacing my laptop on the road.  It will be a more awkward workflow, but I won't have to be dragging  around the MacBook Pro + all the required paraphernalia.  If it works out I'll be retiring my laptop. Using the ipad on the road, and desktop at home.