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Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.

Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.

In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.

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CrashPlan 3.6.3

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Code42 Software has released CrashPlan 3.6.3 with a simplified installation process for new users thanks to the inclusion of the Java Runtime Environment (version 1.7.0_45) when installing on Mac OS X 10.7.3 Lion and later. Previously, you were prompted to install Java separately, now that Apple doesn’t include Java by default. The update also increases the Java heap space allocation to 1024 MB for better performance, ensures that network interface exclusions and wireless network exclusions are properly obeyed, provides more control over CrashPlan’s unlimited version retention, enables those who use the 448-bit encryption + password security scheme to set a challenge question and answer, and updates translations. There’s no need to download CrashPlan 3.6.3 manually, as the app should upgrade automatically in the coming days if it hasn’t already — the version number is displayed prominently in the app’s Settings > Account screen. (Free with a 30-day trial of CrashPlan’s online backup service, 50 MB, release notes)

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Comments about CrashPlan 3.6.3
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Charlie Hartley  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-02-19 08:07
I'm getting ready to use CrashPlan and I've read through Joe's book, but I'm not quite sure about one thing, and maybe someone here can help. I intend to use a hard drive locally and CrashPlan online, but I need to know if I would have issues if the local hard drive was only mounted overnight.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-02-19 08:18
I don't think there would be any problem there, apart from losing the advantage of constant local backups throughout the day. CrashPlan is good about simply pausing whenever its destinations aren't available or are full or have some other issue.
Charlie Hartley  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-02-19 08:30
Does CP keep track of changes while it pauses to wait for its destination drive, or will such changes be missed? I'd like to not have the external drive hooked to my laptop except overnight.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-02-19 09:04
It will catch up when the drive appears; all you'll "miss" is the interim updates. So if you make a change at 10 AM and then another one at 11 AM, you won't be able to revert to the 10 AM change if you only back up at 5 PM.

Another possibility, if you have another Mac, is to put CrashPlan on that, with the external drive, and back up to it all the time, just like CrashPlan Central.
Charlie Hartley  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-02-19 11:46
Okay, that's what I thought, but wanted to be sure. Thanks for the help.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-02-24 08:08
For what it's worth, copies of CrashPlan on my network did not auto-update, and that caused some communications difficulties with copies elsewhere that did. I resolved the problem by downloading 3.6.3, uninstalling 3.5.3 using the uninstaller provided on the disk image, restarting, then installing 3.6.3 fresh. No data was harmed in the process, though I did have to log in again after reinstalling.