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Mozy, OpenDNS, Adobe Flex

Having spotted the release of the Beta version of the Mozy on-line backup client for the Mac, I decided to take the plunge.

Enjoying the benefits of a very strong pound right now, the five cents shy of five dollars for Mozy Unlimited seems like a steal. But, this is Beta software and I’ve been here before.

So I’m currently playing around with the limited 2 gigabyte version, just to give the tyres a kick.

If I find myself of a somewhat pleased disposition, they I may put my money where my data is.

In terms of on-line storage I’m currently liking Box.net, which is a nice way for me to shuttle stuff between home & work.

What I’m not liking is my .Mac storage, which is totally unusable given how messed up Backup seems to be.

If anyone can explain to me how I remove older backups of my stuff, I’d be very grateful to that person!

I’m really, really liking OpenDNS, which is sort of bordering on fawning, drooling adulation, but it’s just so damned good.

Here’s an example: I add in bbc.co.uk/%s where %s is the string that will be replaced by a parameter typed into the browsers’ address bar.

Then I choose the Shortcut name, which is: “bbc”, obviously!

After that, I then type into my address bar: “bbc sport” and I’m magically transported to the Sport section of the BBC website.

Similarly, this applies to News, Technology, Science .. and on and on…

Hot on the heals of me dissin’ Microsoft’s attempts to displace Adobe in the creative market, looks like Adobe have turned up the heat by making portions of Flex open source.

Turning the Embrace & Extend mantra on its head, Adobe first embrace their developer community – as well other broader developer communities – knowing that a good ol’ big hug will go a long way towards getting them to extend their software in all kinds of mad, craaaazzzy directions.

Oh, the irony of it all.

All of which is clearly a long-term plan to open up large(r?) portions of Adobe’s software and tools.

So while Adobe might not be able to out-market Microsoft, they can run rings around their aging business model by cozyin’ up to the open source community, the very thing that’s so vexing to Microsoft…

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By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

2 replies on “Mozy, OpenDNS, Adobe Flex”

Hi Tim!

“As for removing old iDisk backups: does this help?”

Well, sort of.

But I was hoping there would be an option to remove all bar the most recent.

That said, I can’t use iDisk, so I may as well just purge everything.

Thanks for that!

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