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08-10-2006, 06:02 PM
Hope this isn't a silly question but I have to ask. BTW, I think SD is a great product and will never abandon it.

Now to the question:

Is the new feature in OS10.5 "Time Machine (TM)" basically the same as SD? Did Apple take a little advice from you guys and gals at Shirt Pocket on the developement (hope so) of TM, and do you see SD working with the 10.5 (hope so again)?

08-10-2006, 08:44 PM
They're really not at all the same, actually. I can't go into detail, since anything that wasn't in the keynote is under non-disclosure... but I'll be posting a discussion on my blog when I finish it.

And, yes: SD! will work with Leopard, alongside Time Machine, and do good & useful stuff, have no fear.

08-14-2006, 10:09 AM
Here's a link to a product for Mac System 8 & 9 called Rewind:


On the box is a quote from a product review published in MacWeek, dated 2000: "It's like a time machine for your Mac."

It never really caught on, but it was the same concept. I'm glad Apple picked up the concept and is making it a standard feature. And I'm glad to hear Shirt Pocket will keep adding value to SD!

08-14-2006, 11:11 AM
The "unique" part of Time Machine is its integrated nature, not really what it's doing, which is pretty conventional and has been available for a long time on many platforms...

john love
08-21-2006, 03:46 PM

Understand about the non-disclosure stuff. However, I am more than technically curious about Time Machine having to have a dedicated hard drive, or at least a very large partition ... if it's going to keep around various versions of every Word document back to the days of when 10.5 was first loaded, or whatever -- that could be years.

If that is a valid technical assessment, and especially if you are commited to keep SD around, why would you ever need Time Machine data for more than a week or so (assuming you smart update a .dmg every week).

John Love

08-21-2006, 04:46 PM
It's a good question, John, that I've addressed in a general sense in my blog post The Ninety-Nine-Per-Cent Solution (http://www.shirt-pocket.com/blog/index.php/comments/the_ninety_nine_per_cent_solution/). Time Machine's approach doesn't really change my general opinion there...

john love
08-27-2006, 12:19 PM
Dave, that conversation between you and Peter da Silva was quite an education.

I'm not smart enough to comment on the technical content ... but for sure I laughed when someone (obviously in a hurry) typed "SuperDumper".

John Love

08-28-2006, 01:44 PM
There's a new post up there specifically about Time Machine, too, if you'd like to take a look, John (and everyone else).