Bombich Software recently updated its long-standing backup and disk cloning utility Carbon Copy Cloner with a slew of bug fixes and performance tweaks. The latest version, 3.3.2, incorporates 3.3.1's longer list of changes, which includes improved handling of mounting encrypted disk images, the addition of a detailed alert panel when deleting target volumes, easier access to documentation, better compatibility with the MacBook Air and Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, improved handling of disk images appearing on network file systems, and minor usability enhancements. 3.3.2 also fixes an error with a localization in the Scheduled Tasks dialog, and resolves an issue preventing a scheduled task from mounting a disk image if its file was not located at the backup volume's root. A full list of changes is available on Bombich Software's Web site. ($10 suggested donation, free update, 3.2 MB)
Single Time Machine Backups
Tired of Time Machine running all the time? You can turn it off in the Time Machine preference pane, but still initiate a single backup by choosing Back Up Now from Time Machine's menu bar icon. Of course, your backup is much less likely to be up to date, but Time Machine won't be taking any resources while you're trying to work.