Maccast 2009.12.28

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 288. iPhone moves up as a top phone in 2009. International iPhone competition heating up. Rumors of next iPhone spinning up. Apple Store set to open in Philly. Apple updates 27″ iMac firmware. 2010 Apple Rumors all about the Tablet. Correcting an error on the Maccast anniversary. More Flash stopping software. More on Apple growth outside the US. Time Machine tips. iPhoto image location, corruption, permissions, oh my. iMovie HD no longer an option, moving on. Lock your Mac from the menubar.

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  1. Edward C Wade | Dec 30 2009 - 07:45

    Adam I love the show keep up the good work. I recently bought an Airport Extreme (actually my wife got it for me for Christmas – what a girl!) and I was very interested in using an attached external hard drive to do TM backups over the network as well as take advantage of BTTM. I listened to your last podcast and did all of the things you suggested. No luck! The drive is recognized in Finder but TM will not allow back ups. I called Apple Support and they said TM backups using an Ext HD on AE is not supported. Reading the forums it looks like some people can do it and others can’t. The disk is properly formatted with appropriate permissions set, etc but it is just not happening. Bummer!

  2. Steve | Dec 30 2009 - 07:41

    Dear Adam,
    I am mystified by the inability of the Fed Govt to understand the essential nature of relational databases. I claim no expertise other than having created and used some simple examples of them in various jobs, and having worked as marketing and sales director for a company which developed custom applications using relational databases.

    The subject is the inability of the Fed Govt to “connect the dots” and discover potential terrorist plots, such as we have seen in the Detroit bomber incident. I don’t understand the inability of software experts to develop software that truly “connects the dots.” That seems to me to be the quintessential purpose of relational databases.

    Granted, many of the commercially available relational databases and their “front end” software are not adequate to the job, but are there no “front ends” that would “connect the dots” among the State Dept visa list and the DHS “no fly” and “second inspection” lists? To ask the question begs the question.

    For example, the banking system tracks our transactions to the most meticulous degree, and returns a “credit rating” that ultimately grants or denies a loan. This is a far more complex programming assignment than the failed DHS terrorist tracking system. Should not safety on an airplane flight be at least as important and worth the effort of our best and brightest relational database programmers?

    I could say much more on this topic, but I think I have made the point. We are not making the best use of the tools we have and we have put them in the hands of the most unimaginative and unskilled software professionals. Why do we settle for tenth best in our efforts?

    I would be interested in your reaction to these questions as well as the responses subscribers to the MacCast.

    Best regards,
    Steve Birchall, DMA

  3. Edward C Wade | Dec 30 2009 - 10:44

    As a fu to my comment above I tried one last thing and it has worked! I attached the aforementioned Ext HD directly to my iMac and transferred all of the TM BackUps from my previous TM drive by the drag and drop method and made sure TM could back up to this new drive w/o a problem. Then I disconnected it from the Mac and reattached to AE and connected to this drive and tried the TM backup once again to this drive. It is now backing up but to a sparse bundle as I write this. I can see all the backups I dragged and dropped onto the drive from my previous TM drive but TM is not recognizing them and starting a fresh backup into the newly created sparse bundle. Of coarse this is going to eat up about 300 GB of space on the HD since it is not an incremental BU. Suggestions?

  4. Iconjohn | Dec 31 2009 - 02:30

    iConJohn from Philly here to give my hometown perspective on an Apple Store coming into Philly. In fairness, Apple has 4 stores in the suburbs, 2 in Pa and 2 in Jersey. They also have a store named Bundy which has been an Apple authorized for over 25 years and another called Springboard since 1998. Springboard in particular has great service and is the place for many center city Mac owners.
    My guess is that these 2 shops had exclusives with Apple.
    Personally, if it’s a big ticket item, I’ll drive the 45 miles south to Christiana Mall Apple Store in Delaware for tax free shopping.
    Happy New Year Adam
    Subscribed since March 05, the Panther ipodder x days.

  5. Edward C Wade | Jan 01 2010 - 07:51

    Searching the forums I’ve answered my own questions above it seems that you can not backup the Ext HD directly connected to the Mac then connect to the AE and have TM continue w incremental backups. It starts a whole new backup using a sparse bundle.

    Alternating an External HD between USB and Airport USB Time Machine Backups
    Posted: Sep 6, 2009 11:34 AM

    I purchased a new USB/Firewire external hard disk drive yesterday to replace the old one. Since my MacBook has about 200 GB of data, so I decided to plug it into the Firewire port for the first backup (before using the slower Airport access). For the second backup, I plugged the same external drive into the Airport Extreme via USB port. When Time Machine started the backup, it did not recognize the first backup. It is creating a full (first time) backup.
    Is there any way to configure Time Machine to allow a user to alternate between plugging directly to the computer and accessing the same disk via Airport?

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    Re: Alternating an External HD between USB and Airport USB Time Machine Bac
    Posted: Sep 6, 2009 11:45 AM in response to: rvrider

    TM does not backup to a networked drive in the same way as a directly connected drive. A networked drive requires the creation of a .sparsebundle disc image file that holds the actual backed up files. So when you shift from direct to networked connection TM actually makes a different backup. This is unrelated to the actual type of port connection. So there’s really nothing you can do to have TM use one backup for each type of connection used in your situation.

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