Carbon Copy Cloner 6 Review

Carbon Copy Cloner has been upgraded to version 6 and it is worth every cent of the upgrade price. The upgrade turns CCC into the most secure version of the cloning, backup and basic offloading application on the Mac. It all starts with what Bombich calls their next-generation file copier that ensures faster backups, partly due to the app now leveraging the macOS FSEvents for quick updates to the destination.… Read More Carbon Copy Cloner 6 Review

Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle

The Mercury Helios 3S is an aluminium dual-port 85W charging Thunderbolt 3 expansion box with a dedicated DisplayPort 1.4 port for an 8K display. The Mercury Helios 3S accepts one PCIe (x16) slot for half-length, full-height, single or double-width cards. You can daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. OWC added the capability to install a U.2 Shuttle in the Helios 3S. My test unit came preconfigured with OWC Aura P12 Pro SSDs.… Read More Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle

Why filmmakers should consider OWC’s new Mercury Pro 6G SSD

OWC’s flagship SATA-based SSD, the Mercury Pro 6G range, has been updated to new technology inside and a new stylish black enclosure. Although SATA has a hard-wired theoretical speed limit that hovers around 700MB/sec, OWC has succeeded to make the Mercury Pro 6G even more appealing than it used to be by optimising the throughput itself.… Read More Why filmmakers should consider OWC’s new Mercury Pro 6G SSD

Archiving images, video footage and audio on a Mac: best practices (long read)

There is a difference between a data archive and a backup. Backing up data is a safety measure. You ideally do it every day to safeguard against data loss due to power outages, stupid mistakes, etc. In contrast, archiving is storing your data on external media to save it for history. You can archive for legal reasons, to free up space on your workstation or to make sure you will still be able to recall and reuse what you created/saved today ten or 20 years from now.… Read More Archiving images, video footage and audio on a Mac: best practices (long read)

Review of the Honeywell Voyager XP 1472g barcode scanner — great for scanning passwords and managing archives

You can use a barcode scanner for anything from managing book collections and movies on Blu-Ray discs, to consumer products. You can also use barcodes and a scanner to know what’s on your driver’s licence, tax receipt, passport and more.… Read More Review of the Honeywell Voyager XP 1472g barcode scanner — great for scanning passwords and managing archives

The complete solution for designing barcodes: Barcode Studio

I don’t know if the world knows of a graphic or layout designer who hasn’t had to — at the very least — paste a barcode into their design. Barcodes are everywhere and they can help with tasks as complex as tracking hospital patients or as simple as you, desktop Mac or PC user, tracking your images, videoclips and other files across backups, NAS servers, local media, and the cloud.… Read More The complete solution for designing barcodes: Barcode Studio

Benefits and disadvantages of cloud backup and the alternatives

While backup strategists will tell you that a good strategy requires you to have a backup off-site, there is an alternative for freelancers and small office owners. It involves storing your backup in a different room, on location, in a safe enclosure. This is a feasible strategy for freelance photographers, filmmakers and audio producers.… Read More Benefits and disadvantages of cloud backup and the alternatives