Followup: Comparing my Current B2 Storage Costs against Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive

This is a quick followup to my post from this week about backing up my family’s photos and home videos with Google Photos and B2. A reader asked why I use B2 over Amazon's cheaper S3 Glacier alternative. I started to reply directly, but then like everything I write, it kept growing. And then I thought my answer might be interesting to others as well. So, here you go...

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My Family’s Photo and Video Library Backup Strategy in 2020 - Plus a Fun Anecdote I've Never Told Before

Two of the topics I've written about the most on this blog are backing up your data and photography - not professional, artsy photography, but more in the sense of your family's photo and home video library. I'm a huge nerd for these topics. Part of the reason for that is my own obsessive personality traits, but also because of my affinity for nostalgia and history. My life, to a certain degree, is documented through the literal data I've created over the years. And the lives of the people I love are likewise documented through the digital archives I keep. So when those two topics intersect, holy cow do I ever proudly fly my geek flag.

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Gone

So, uhhhh. This isn't good. I really hope I'm just confused and not sounding a false alarm, but... Back in April I wrote a quick post about how I was backing up the shared iCloud Photo albums that my friends and family all use to send pictures and videos of our...

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iTunes Match Failed Me

Remember iTunes Match? It's great. But Apple stopped promoting it (probably rightly so) a couple years ago when they realized they could make more money charging $10/month for Apple Music than Match's $25/year. Anyway, I loved it and still do. It uploads all of your digital music to Apple's cloud and...

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Backups macOS

Finder Folder Actions not being triggered when files are added with rsync

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how I was automatically capturing the photos and videos my kids' daycare emails to me and importing them into Photos.app. The major pieces of that script worked fine - parsing the emails, downloading the images, and then rsync'ing them down to my Mac...

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Fixing Broken Backblaze B2 Scripts when Run From cron

Just a quick note for my future self and anyone else who might be running into this problem. Last week I migrated all of my backups off of Amazon S3 and rsync.net to Backblaze B2. The cost savings are enormous - especially for a small business like myself. And the server-to-server...

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Backups Server Side

Backing Up Shared iCloud Photo Albums and Where to Find Them on Disk

In my quest to backup ALL THE THINGS, I turned my attention earlier this week to the shared iCloud Photo Albums my friends and family use to pass around photos and videos of our kids. All of the items in my iCloud library (and my wife's library) are combined and backed...

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Backing Up Everything (Again)

This will take a while. Bear with me. I'm obsessive about backing up my data. I don't want to take the chance of ever losing anything important. But that doesn't mean I'm a data hoarder. I like to think I'm pragmatic about it. And I don't trust anyone else to do...

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Can the Cloud Be Your Only Backup?

With the news today that CrashPlan is exiting the consumer market, many folks are beginning to scramble looking for the next best backup solution. I can tell you right away that's BackBlaze. It's simple to setup, costs only $5/month/computer, and has the best-behaved-Mac-like software of any of the major backup...

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Backups

iCloud Doesn't Backup Your Photos

I had a conversation yesterday with two friends. Neither one is technical at a developer level, but both are long-time Mac and iPhone users. They know their way around the platform. My first friend, we'll call him Ted, said he was having trouble with his iPhone. His photos and videos had...

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Backups Photography

Remember to Backup

I've written twice before about how important it is to have reliable, automatic backups running on all of your machines. I'm especilly thankful for mine this weekend. After travelling for the American holiday, I returned home to find my iMac in an unbootable state. I'm not sure what happened exactly —...

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Backups macOS

Backblaze Saves the Day

Back in June I wrote a detailed post describing how I backup my data. One of the key components of my backup strategy was using Backblaze for continuous, offsite recovery in the event of a disaster. Well, disaster struck. Last week, the hard drive in my father's MacBook died. In the past,...

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Backups

How I Backup my Mac

Four years ago, on another blog, I wrote about my file backup strategy — everything I use to keep my data safe. A lot has changed since then. CD's and DVD's have fallen by the wayside, raw hard disk space has gotten insanely cheap, and online storage has finally taken...

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Backups macOS

Two Weeks With Drobo

So it's been two weeks since my Drobo arrived from Amazon. I'm sure they're selling like hotcakes, but I don't personally know anyone else with one — I figured I might as well gather my thoughts and post a review. Hopefully this will give a good overview if you're not...

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Backups Reviews