The Carbon Copy Cloner 5 review and interview with Mike Bombich

Bombich Software recently released an upgrade to its backup and disk cloning application, Carbon Copy Cloner. Carbon Copy Cloner 5 offers complex task filtering, coaching tips, smarter pruning, task grouping and scheduling and more. It still allows you to create exact — bootable — clones of a startup disk and enables you to check if a backup or clone hasn’t been corrupted due to bit rot or other errors. And while I was at it, I had a short talk with Mike Bombich, the developer and publisher of Carbon Copy Cloner, on backing up, offloading and securing your backups.… Read More The Carbon Copy Cloner 5 review and interview with Mike Bombich

CalDigit’s small footprint TS3 dock provides 85W charging power

Thunderbolt 3 docks are being released at a fast pace. The CalDigit TS3 Thunderbolt Station has been around for a month now and it has an edge. Not only does it provide 85W charging power on one of its ports to Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 MacBook, but it’s also tiny compared to others. And it can be positioned upright, saving space on your desk.… Read More CalDigit’s small footprint TS3 dock provides 85W charging power

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD incorporates quality components, enables 4K/30p video recording

I tested a 480GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD with an Atomos Shogun Flame as well as with an iMac. The Mercury Extreme Pro 6G has been certified for use in Blackmagic Design equipment and has a maximum read speed of 559MB/s and write speed of 527MB/s. My own tests revealed slightly lower, although pretty impressive figures.… Read More OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD incorporates quality components, enables 4K/30p video recording

SoftRAID 5.6 delivers fast RAID 0, 1, 1+0 and 5 and SMART monitoring on USB drives

The last version of SoftRAID that I looked at was version 3. The latest version of the software that delivers RAID 0, 1, 4, 5 and 1+0 without you ever having to buy a RAID box has been fitted out with a new RAID Engine which has been claimed to equal the performance and reliability of dedicated hardware RAID controllers. I tried SoftRAID 5.6 using two and four bare disks I use as spare and backup drives. I tested the solution with RAID 0, 1, 5 and 1+0.… Read More SoftRAID 5.6 delivers fast RAID 0, 1, 1+0 and 5 and SMART monitoring on USB drives

Little Snitch 4 gives deep insight into server connections from apps

Objective Development’s Little Snitch is your best defence against software that goes out on the Internet not only for updates but sometimes for snooping too. Little Snitch 4 is a firewall, network filter and network monitor that now lets you drill down easily into connections up to individual server level. It comes with a gorgeous interface that shows you where those servers are geographically based.… Read More Little Snitch 4 gives deep insight into server connections from apps

Speed, convenience and great design: OWC Drive Dock

Mac users roughly have two options if they want to use bare SATA drives: use a Wiebetech (now: CRU) Ultradock device and connect the drive through legacy interfaces or USB 3, or a Thunderbolt dock. If the latter is opted for, there’s either the RocketStor 5212 with one Gen. 1 Thunderbolt port, or the Thunderbolt 2 OWC Drive Dock. And of these two, the latter is obviously the fastest way to access those bare SATA drives.… Read More Speed, convenience and great design: OWC Drive Dock

Things 3 Review

Things received an Apple Design Award in 2009 and today it’s on its way to a second such award. Things 3 is even more user-friendly than its predecessor. Feature-wise the new version gains a new design, improved interaction, a day planner with the ability add your Calendar events using huge dates so you can’t miss them, a week planner, headings to subdivide your task list, checklists, a Plus button that allegedly is magical (I only tried the macOS version briefly; the Magical Button is iOS only) and time-based reminders. Furthermore, the Mac version knows about split screen and multiple windows and lets you get rid of the sidebar.… Read More Things 3 Review

OmniOutliner 5 Pro

An outliner, who needs them these days with iOS apps that let you write anything from free text to outlines with a stylus? Well, if you’re someone who likes to get some order in the chaos of his mind, there’s more to outlining than adding words with a checkbox in front of, or indenting lines of text. In fact, if you’ve tried OmniOutliner Pro you’ll realise it can help you organise even relatively complex projects.… Read More OmniOutliner 5 Pro

Designing and printing thermal labels: Mac users rejoice at Peninsula Group’s offerings

Mac users have always been left in the cold when it comes to business software and related hardware drivers. The CUPS offering for Zebra printers, for example, has label sizes that don’t print correctly, is extremely slow and has a low quality that makes barcode printing a trial and error affair. UK-based Peninsula Distribution has been the only company to offer well-designed software for owners of a Datamax, TSC, TEC, Honeywell, Intermec, Dymo, Godex, Brady, Argox, SATO, Monarch or Citizen label or card printer.… Read More Designing and printing thermal labels: Mac users rejoice at Peninsula Group’s offerings