Backblaze Online Backup

backblaze-logoBackblaze is a simple service really, a small none intrusive application you install on Mac or Windows that uploads all your files to their data centre for one flat fee $5 per month per computer (or $50 (≈ £30) per year per computer).

I’ve been using it on Windows for a few days and I haven’t noticed it there and thats a good thing. In fact I’ve only been checking it to see how it’s getting on during the initial backup, for me it found 112,000 files to backup totaling 134GB.

backblaze_control-pannelNow heres my problem and its not with Backblaze themselves, on my connection I can upload around 2.5GB in 24 hours so I’ll need to leave my computer on all day and night for around 2 months although Backblaze does allow you to switch off your computer and it will continue from where it left off but this will take even longer.

This is the main reason why I have avoided online backup services before, that and the fact you’ll have to download everything to recover from a major systems crash but I desided to give Backblaze a try because when I need to restore they will ship me a backblaze_settingshard drive with my data overnight.

So far I have backed up around 4GB (30,000 files) to the service and even though I’m backing up online I’m still going to be backing up to a 1TB external hard drive. You can never have to many backups.

My Internet connection has slowed a little but not to the point where it becomes unusable and if it does Backblaze offers the ability to throttle itself.

They will give you a 15 day free trial and don’t even ask for a credit card until your ready to buy.

Yes, there are other services out there that do the same thing for around the same price, but I haven’t tried them.

Backblaze Online Backup from $5/month

Tweetie For Mac

tweetie-macTweetie for Mac is the Mac OS version of the iPhone app. Just like the iPhone version the interface is well polished and could of come straight from Apple themselves.

The app has full access to the Twitter service without having to pop out to the website. Atebits, the developer, have managed to do this while keeping the app small and quick.

There are two versions of the app a free one and a paid one. The free app is still a full featured version with ads every so often, although for $20 ($15 until May 4) you can get rid of the ads.

Would I recommend it, yes, I even paid for it after about 10 minutes using it.

Skype for iPhone

skype_logoYesterday Skype released an iPhone app. I’ve been using it today and find it to be stable, easy to use and fast.

I mostly use Skype for video but the iPhone app could persuade me to use it more and if they offer push notification on the new 3.0 operating system they might even get me to buy a Skype in number.

From my limited call experience with it (3 – 4 2 minutes calls) the audio quality is good, not quite the same as cellular calls on the device.

It only works on WI-FI but for me that isn’t an object as I spend most of my time around the stuff.

The app also allow you to text chat with your contacts, I didn’t try this as I rarely use the text tools on the desktop app, I use Skype for a few international calls and mostly video chat.

Would I recommend it, yes if you use Skype it is a nice thing to have for when your computer is off and it’s free so why not download it and keep it.

HD Video Camera

The other day I was thinking about buying a Hitachi DZ-HV564E HD camera well today I did and so far I’m very pleased with it. Especially for the price I paid, just £130.

The build quality is great although the plastic body does fell slightly cheap. It produces great videos at 1080p down to 640 x 480.

Below is a sample video captured with the camera (also in HD).

The mic is the best, in fact its quite disappointing, if the room is totally silent the mic picks up a hiss.

Would I recommend it, yes if your in the market for a cheap HD camera and don’t plan on producing anything near professional video because the built in mic just doesn’t cut it.

iPhone 3G: Is it worth the hype

The short answer here is yes but that’s not why I’m writing this, I was the first of my friends to put down and get the new iPhone 3G and now everyone asks me what I think and should they get one. This is a short review and FAQ for those people thinking about asking me the same questions.

The new iPhone is the same as the old one in most parts. The main improvements are the speed of data (with 3G) and GPS support. You can get almost all the apps on the old iPhone after you update to the 2.0 software.

The phone is major improvement in my books. I held off the original because a phone that relies so much on the Internet should at least have 3G. Now the phone has that I was willing to stick by my word and buy it.

Now I’ve said that let me answer the most popular questions I get asked.

Do you regret buying it? No it’s a fantastic phone. I truly love it.

Should I buy it? Yes if you’re looking for a phone on contract and can afford it. Although don’t get the £30 a month O2 contract it’s not worth it.

Will the iPhone be on pay as you go? Yes around December O2 will be offering the iPhone on pay and go for around £500 – £700.