Controversy rages over the new charges for iTools, now known as .Mac. I don’t see what the fuss is all about – the charges are minimal, and it’s good value. Anyway, one attempt to add value is Backup, a simple utility to backup to iDisk, a CD-R or a DVD-RW. The key to Backup is ease-of-use – this is an iApplication, after all. Once downloaded, the application suggests categories to backup. It sugests the important, but smaller, files, such as Internet Explorer settings and Keychain passwords. There are other ideas in the list, such as all the word files in a home folder, all files on the desktop and so on. Or, you can use individual folders. You can choose to backup to iDisk, or alternatively to a recordable CD or DVD drive. There are a couple of niggles though. When you set your schedule to backup to iDisk, you can’t use the same settings to backup to your recordable CD.


I know people are unhappy with the fees for .Mac, but this is a handy little utility. If it were shareware, I’d expect to pay £20 for it. You get a lot more than that, for not much more money when you sign up for .Mac. I never really like to think about backing up, and this lets me carry on not thinking about it.

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