CMS ABSplus Adds Mac OS X Restores -- CMS Peripherals has updated its Automatic Backup System Plus backup solution so it can now restore a Mac OS X system to working order, as it has been able to do with Mac OS 8.6 and Mac OS 9 since its initial release at Macworld San Francisco in January of 2002 (see "Macworld Expo San Francisco 2002 Superlatives" in TidBITS-612). The ABSplus combines a FireWire hard drive with custom firmware and software that enables it to back up changed files on a Mac as soon as it's plugged in. The ABSplus can now boot a Mac in Mac OS X using the backed-up system's files, something that also wasn't previously possible. There's no question the ABSplus offers unparalleled ease-of-use for fast backup of an individual Mac, but keep in mind that it keeps only the latest version of each file. ABSplus units using FireWire bus-powered laptop hard drives are available in sizes from 10 GB to 60 GB for prices ranging from $240 to $700; larger desktop units that require external power sport 40 GB to 160 GB hard drives and cost between $300 and $600. [ACE]
Mac OS X Zip Expanding Utility
Firefox (and possibly other applications) may ask you what you want to do with .zip archives that you download from the Internet. If you want to expand them with Mac OS X (rather than StuffIt Expander), you may be unsure of which application actually does the job. You're looking for Archive Utility (in Leopard and later) or BOMArchiveHelper (in Tiger). In either case, the application is stored in Hard Drive/System/Library/Core Services/. Don't move it from there, though, or you'll confuse matters.
- Macworld Expo San Francisco 2002 Superlatives (14 Jan 02)