2012 brought us a new version of OS X with the launch of Mountain Lion, and we’ve had plenty of great Mac-oriented content throughout the year. We’ve had a ton of great new software, guides, and ways to fix annoyances. Here’s a look back at our most popular Mac posts.
I’ve been working on a personal project and found this excellent tool for validating JSON. It’s called “JSONLint” – The JSON Validator.
I installed the JSON plugin on my wordpress site and now I can retrieve the data from a web app on my personal domain johnpolaschek.com. My testing URL is: http://www.dontlookhere.com/blog/?json=get_recent_posts&count=2
I drop that URL into JSONLint and I can verify the output. Very cool. I’ve now got a mobile page running on johnpolaschek.com that retrieves the feed and displays as buttons on a jQuery mobile page.
If you run a wordpress site you may want to take a look at WPMU Dev. They appear to have some fantastic and powerful plugin to enable all kinds of functionality. I’m really interested in the Q&A and Snapshot (backup) plugins at the moment. Each plugin costs $19, but there is also a monthly subscription plan to have access to over 350 plugins.
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Arq can back up to either Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) or Amazon Glacier.
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is the gold standard of online storage, backed by Amazon.com, Inc, a $100B company. S3 offers 99.999999999% durability of your data. It’s designed to withstand the concurrent loss of 2 data centers without losing your data.
Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service. It offers the same 99.999999999% durability. In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed. Initiating retrieval from Glacier typically takes 3-5 hours, and Amazon charges for retrieving large amounts of data from Glacier.
Choose S3 for fast access, or Glacier for low cost. Or mix and match, backing up some folders to S3 and others to Glacier.
FastGlacier is a freeware Windows Client for Amazon Glacier – an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup.FastGlacier enables you to upload your files to Amazon Glacier using your full bandwidth. With FastGlacier you can also download your files from Amazon Glacier and manage the vaults with ease!