How to Back Up Your Scrivener Projects

Thomas Carlyle once asked his friend John Stuart Mill to read the manuscript of his History of the French Revolution. Mill took it home, and later claimed that his maid had used it to start fires. It’s not clear if this is true, or if Mill kept the manuscript for himself, since he had plans to write about the same topic. But Carlyle didn’t have a backup, and he had to start all over and rewrite the book.

With computers, we don’t have to worry so much about our work being used as kindling, but we do need to ensure that we have backups in case of other problems, such as computer crashes, disk failure, or theft. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier today to back up computer files, and to back them up in multiple locations. Ideally, for important work, you should back up your work following the 3-2-1 rule.

  • Have 3 copies of your work – the original data, plus two backups
  • Store the files on 2 different types of media – computer, external drive, etc.
  • Keep 1 copy offsite – in a different physical location, or in the cloud

Just think of how much time you’d lose if your Scrivener projects got lost; you may never be able to rewrite them.

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Apple Announces New Features in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey

It’s a bumper year for new features in Apple’s operating systems, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey. Monday’s preview at the Worldwide Developer Conference lasted nearly two hours, with a wide range of features from Safari to Mail, and from productivity to privacy. Apple’s operating systems are getting a big update this fall, with more features that work together across devices, and refinements to key apps and features that could make using Apple devices smoother. Here’s an overview of what’s new.

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Apple’s New Privacy Features for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey

Apple made its first presentation yesterday of its 2021 vintage of operating systems: iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8. In addition to some new features to increase productivity, there are many new privacy features that give users more control over their data. And Apple has announced iCloud+, a privacy-focused service available to all users who pay for additional iCloud storage.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #190: Amazon Sidewalk and the Forever Mac

Facebook and Intel try to diss Apple, but score own goals. Amazon Sidewalk launches, and we tell you what it means, and how to opt out. And we discuss whether Apple’s new processors, and extensions to AppleCare, suggest that we may have forever Macs.

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Amazon Sidewalk Wants to Share Your Wi-Fi: Here’s How to Disable It

Amazon Sidewalk is a new feature of Amazon devices, which goes live on June 8 in the US, that allows these devices to share their wi-fi with other, nearby Amazon devices. Amazon claims that Amazon Sidewalk will help ensure that your Echo and Ring devices remain connected through a sort-of mesh wi-fi network created by these devices.

For example, if you have some Ring security cameras, and one of them is at a location outside your home that is just out of range of your wi-fi, the device can piggyback on your neighbor’s wi-fi, if they also have Ring devices. Since Ring devices are quite popular – especially for doorbells – many people live in areas where the range of these devices may overlap. Or if your wi-fi goes down, you can still get notifications via a neighbor’s internet connection.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 93: P Is for Professional

Do you capture photos using your camera’s automatic modes, or do you shoot using manual settings? Jeff and Kirk debate both approaches, looking at situations where each is appropriate and clarifying which features constitute “auto” modes.

Find out more, and subscribe to the podcast, at the PhotoActive website. You can follow The PhotoActive on Twitter at @PhotoActiveCast to keep up to date with new episodes, and join our Facebook group to chat with other listeners and participate in photo challenges and more.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #189: M1s Everywhere

Apple updates everything again, and their new privacy add provides a clear explanation of app tracking. We discuss an iOS app scam, where an app won’t let you do anything unless you give it a good rating first. And we look at Apple’s new M1 iMac and iPad Pro.

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The Next Track, Episode #210 – Emma Swift on Her Album of Dylan Covers Blonde on the Tracks

Emma Swift has recorded a beautiful album of covers of Bob Dylan songs. We spoke with her about what Dylan’s music, and what it takes to record an albums of his songs, and partly in lockdown.

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