October 9, 2005

New life for Digital8 Tape

Posted in Commentary at 5:18 am by Michael Sweeney Media

Odd title but I just finished testing a program called DV Backup which will backup your Mac data to a camcorder using Digital8 tape or DV tapes. In my testing, I used my old (?) Sony camcorder with Digital8 tape. The software is easy to use with pretty clear menus and a “butterfly” effect for the flying menus. THe performance was pretty good using firewire 400. Even while backuping up data, you could still use the Mac since the CPU load is pretty low. I did a test restore to my server of the iBook data and DV Backup restored the data over the wireless link to the server without a problem.

My next project was to install drawinports and Port Authority which helps to manage the installation, updating and removal of Drawin ports of applications. This is a pretty clean way to deal with the drudgery of compiling applications and trying to manually deal with all the dependencies.

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