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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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Backblaze Launches Mac Beta of Online Backup Service

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In September 2008, a company called Backblaze rolled out an interesting new online backup service - but for Windows users only. The company has now launched a private beta of their new Mac software, with invitations available to the first 100 TidBITS readers who sign up.

Backblaze joins such services as CrashPlan, MozyHome, and SteekUP in offering Mac users simple online backup and restoration of large amounts of data at a low cost. For $5 per month (or $50 per year - equivalent to $4.17 per month), Backblaze lets you back up unlimited data from a single computer. Like the other services, Backblaze stores multiple versions of each file, encrypts all your data, and offers block-level incremental updates to speed up backups after the initial run (which may take days or weeks, depending on your Internet connection and the settings you choose). Rather than requiring an explicit schedule, it can run constantly in the background, backing up new or changed files immediately.

Setup requires only running the installer, entering your email address, and picking a password (though you can adjust other options later if you like). Configuration is handled by a nicely designed System Preferences pane; the only other visible interface is an optional menu bar icon. By default, Backblaze backs up everything on your Mac except system files, applications, developer tools, and files with certain extensions (such as .dmg and .vmdk disk images). You can modify which folders and extensions are excluded in the Backblaze preference pane; the only limitation you can't change is that individual files over 4 GB are not backed up.


When it comes to restoring files, you have three options. You can select one or more of your backed-up files on a secure Web page and download them in a zip file, with no additional charge. If time is short, you can have Backblaze fill a DVD with up to 4.2 GB of your files and send it to you overnight via FedEx for $99. Or, for $189, you can request up to 160 GB of your data to be sent to you on a 160 GB USB hard drive (which you can then keep). That may be the fastest way to restore data from an online backup, though of course it's considerably more expensive than simply making your own copy on an external drive. With any of these methods, though, you cannot (at least with the current version of the software) restore files directly to their original locations; that's an extra manual step.

The Backblaze public beta runs only on Intel-based Macs, requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, and is a 2.6 MB download.

 

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