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Wake On Demand in Snow Leopard

Putting your Mac to sleep saves power, but it also disrupts using your Mac as a file server, among other purposes. Wake on Demand in Snow Leopard works in conjunction with an Apple base station to continue announcing Bonjour services that the sleeping computer offers.

While the requirements for this feature are complex, eligible users can toggle this feature in the Energy Saver preference pane. It's labeled Wake on Network Access for computers that can be roused either via Wi-Fi or Ethernet; Wake on Ethernet Network Access or Wake on AirPort Network Access for wired- or wireless-only machines, respectively. Uncheck the box to disable this feature.

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New Retrospect Client, Xserve, Jaguar Compatibility

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New Retrospect Client, Xserve, Jaguar Compatibility -- Dantz Development last week released a new version of the Retrospect Client for Mac OS X along with additional information about compatibility between their Retrospect backup application and Apple's new Xserve server and the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar. The new Retrospect Client, version 5.0.536, offers Jaguar compatibility, corrects a bug that could cause it to turn itself off after approximately 17 minutes, and makes it so the Defer button in the Backup Server alert window works in Mac OS X 10.1.x (though it's still non-functional in Jaguar). Retrospect Client 5.0.536 is a free 2.4 MB download for Retrospect owners.

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Dantz also announced that Retrospect is compatible with the Xserve under Mac OS X Server 10.1.5 (but not yet Mac OS X Server 10.2). Retrospect supports the Xserve's optional ATTO UL3S-66 SCSI card and uses the highest priority active Ethernet port, switching as necessary if that port is turned off (Retrospect Client, in contrast, can only switch network ports if you turn it off by Command-clicking its Off button, and then turning it back on). Finally, although the just-released Retrospect Client lets you back up a machine running Jaguar from a computer running Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X 10.1.x (or Retrospect 6.0 for Windows), Dantz also promised a future free update to Retrospect to support Jaguar fully; right now, Retrospect cannot auto-launch under Jaguar and many SCSI cards will need new drivers. [ACE]

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