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Words found on federal land - October 2008

Words found on federal land

08. 10. 08

Mozy Home for Macintosh has unannounced change in TOS     permalink

Filed under: corpses do reviews — Gravity Girl @ 03:48:37 pm

I have been using Mozy Home Unlimited for a year, having jumped on the beta bandwagon when it was first announced. I have a lot of mp3s that I want to be safe, because there is nothing quite so unattractive to me as having to re-rip 3000+ cds again. (Yes, I have had to re-rip them before, when I lost a software RAID, and it was quite painful.)

At home, I have an old Macintosh G5 server that I purchased from my office when they were phasing it out for newer models. This is great because the server software allows me to keep my home directory central and easy to back up. I have been running Mozy Home on it for a year, and aside from a few connection issues at the start of the beta period, all has been well. Until this week.
Mozy stopped backing up as it was trying to download the new Mozy Home client v1.1.1 this week. "A glitch," I figured, and downloaded it manually to do the install. Not a glitch. With the 1.1 release, Mozy Home can no longer run on OS X server. I would need to install Mozy Pro. What?

So after a long chat with tech support, and another long chat with two Mozy Pro salespeople, they told me that because they have just released Mozy Pro beta for Macintosh, they are no longer allowing people to use Mozy Home on the servers, as it is their only way of telling if it is for home or professional use. He told me that since I was using server software on my macintosh, I would have to upgrade to paying $6.95 a month plus 50 cents per gigabyte. Um, that would amount to close to $275 a month! He then said that since I had been using it on the server, I had been taking advantage and getting a $200 plus product for only $5 a month.

I disagree. I had been using their $5 a month product to its fullest extent because they handn't offered any other Macintosh products, and I was using their Mozy Home Unlimited for just that, backing up non-business files.

Their site says:

How many files can I back up?
MozyHome Free accounts are restricted to 2 GB, but there’s no limit with MozyHome Unlimited. You can back up as many files as you can fit on your home computer. Just note that the more files you back up, the longer your initial backup will take.

So, the sales guys said they couldn't let me run the Mozy Home software on my server, so I said I would be willing to pay the extra couple of dollars a month, but not pay for the massive per-gigabyte storage fees. They told me that they would have to get back to me, either by phone or email.

So, it looks like my options are this:

  • run Mozy Home 1.0.5 (the old version) on my server and not upgrade
  • downgrade my OS on the server to standard Macintosh OS 10.5 instead of Server 10.5
  • pay 550% more per month for my backups
  • buy some cheap seagate external drives, back up, and give the drives to my friends to hold.

and rating my options:

  • I'm not sure how long using the old version of mozy will last, as it requires communication with their servers.
  • Downgrading from OS X Server means I can't have a remote home directory.
  • no way in hell I'm paying $275 a month for a $5 product I have been using for a year
  • the seagate drives are looking like the best option right now.

05. 10. 08

Palin doesn't wear a US flag in the debate     permalink

Filed under: corpses in the news — Gravity Girl @ 09:54:46 am

Okay, Fox "News" had a slow day. They compared flag lapel pins between Biden and Palin.

flag pins

Now if you notice closely, Palin's pin only has seven red and white stripes. I have no idea how many stars it has, as the video is such low-resolution, but odds are it doesn't have 50 in that tiny field of blue.

While this pin may be representative of the U.S. flag, U.S. Code Title 4 states:

Sec. 1. Flag; stripes and stars on

The flag of the United States shall be thirteen horizontal stripes,
alternate red and white; and the union of the flag shall be forty-eight
stars, white in a blue field.

and later amended to bring it up to 50 stars :

WHEREAS section 2 of title 4 of the United States Code provides as
follows: ``On the admission of a new State into the Union one star shall
be added to the union of the flag; and such addition shall take effect
on the fourth day of July then next succeeding such admission.'';

So, as Sarah Palin's lapel pin doesn't have the required number of stripes, it is not a U. S. flag. Yes, this is a nit-picking detail, but for someone who goes to attack Senator Obama on his patriotism, she doesn't stand on firm ground herself.

See the whole video of the "news" story on fox:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02veWtxaaS4

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