CrashPlan vs. Backblaze: Two cloud storage backup applications go head-to-head
We all know how useful cloud storage is for easy access to all your files from any Internet-enabled location, but there’s also an equally killer service known as cloud backup. It lets you back up files to a remote server for retrieval after a disaster strikes, such as a failed hard drive, Hurricane Sandy, an apartment fire, or any other calamity that leaves your PC’s local storage permanently damaged. It’s in these scenarios that the mirrored RAID inside your home PC or sitting on your desktop will be about as valuable as Jack Squat. When your home PC, or town, goes bye-bye, you need offsite backup, so this month we’ve taken a look at two of the most popular services that offer unlimited backups for a modest sum. May the best cloud win.
Note: This article was taken from the April 2013 issue of the magazine.
The unique $35 Raspberry Pi computer set the PC world on its ear last year. Part computer science project and part incredibly cheap PC, the DIY single-board computer is such a hot item, some retailers are charging double what the unit originally cost. Of course, where there’s money, there’s Intel. The chip giant has formally introduced its $320 “Next Unit of Computing,” or NUC, PC concept—basically a bare-bones, hobbyist kit PC. While this is admittedly an apple–to-orange comparison in many respects, we felt that hobbyists deserve to see an accounting of the pros and cons of each in a head-on fight.
Note: This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
Most power users would be perfectly willing to upgrade to Windows 8 if it weren’t for two things—the tile-based “Metro” interface and the missing Start button. While Metro is like a rash in that you eventually get used to it, we can’t imagine getting used to the lack of a Start button. It’s too bad Microsoft didn’t give us the option of using both features, but fortunately, two third-party utilities do. If you want the speed of Windows 8 and your old buddy the Start menu, one of these utilities belongs on your system. Let’s find out which one.
Note: This head-to-head feature appeared in the Holiday 2012 issue of the magazine.
After years of rumors and whispers, Google finally released its long-awaited Google Drive cloud storage service in April, combining Dropbox-like synching abilities and a PC client with the company’s Google Docs service. Microsoft could have waved the white flag; instead, it released an excellent update for its own SkyDrive service, adding many of the features found in Google Drive. The chips are on the table and there’s only one question left: Which cloud storage service is better?