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Extend Mac OS X's Screenshots

Mac OS X has a variety of built in screenshot methods. Here's a look at a few that offer more versatility than the basic full-screen capture (Command-Shift-3):

• Press Command-Shift-4 and you'll get a crosshair cursor with which you can drag to select and capture a certain area of the screen.

• Press Command-Shift-4-Space to select the entire window that the cursor is over, clicking on the window will then capture it. The resulting screenshot will even get a nice drop shadow.

• Hold down the Space bar after dragging out a selection window to move your selection rectangle around on the screen.

• Hold down Shift after dragging out a selection to constrain the selection in either horizontal or vertical orientation, depending on the direction of your drag.

• Hold down Option after dragging out a selection to expand the selection window around a center point.

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Over the past couple of years, online backup services have become more and more attractive, as pricing has dropped to levels ordinary people can afford, and as broadband Internet connections have become both faster and more common. One of the early entrants into the affordable online backup category was Mozy, which offered secure online storage of unlimited data from a single computer (Mac or Windows) for $4.95 per month. Mozy was later acquired by EMC, and its personal backup service was renamed MozyHome. Now, the company's MozyPro service, aimed at businesses and previously available only for Windows, has been released for Mac OS X. The service is referred to as a "beta," but that designation seems to be used in roughly the way Google often uses it; MozyPro is clearly finished enough to go on sale with full support.

Like MozyHome, MozyPro offers encrypted online backups and restoration, complete with archives of every version of files backed up within the last 30 days. This business-oriented version, however, offers several additional features:

  • It can back up files on mounted network volumes (whereas MozyHome can back up files only on local volumes).
  • It can run on Mac OS X Server, backing up server applications including iCal Server, Mail Services, and Directory.
  • It includes an Admin Console, a Web page where an administrator can manage the backup and restoration of files on all the business's computers (both Mac and Windows).
  • Phone support is available 24 hours a day.

Licenses for MozyPro are $3.95 per computer or $6.95 per server. In addition, data storage costs $0.50 per gigabyte per month - unlike MozyHome, no flat-fee, unlimited data storage option is available.

 

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