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Repairing a Time Capsule’s broken ‘invalid sibling link’ Sparse Image

I recently bought a Time Capsule from Apple. This wondrous device’s basic function is to provide automated incremental wireless backups of all your Macs using Mac OS X Leopard’s Time Machine; it’s a fantastic invention that makes backing up so easy that perhaps now, finally, home computer users will start protecting their data. (Unfortunately people never seem to realise how valuable their information is until they lose all their baby photos or accounts.) It also provides fast wireless-n networking, Gigabit Ethernet on each of its 4 network ports, a USB2 port for wireless printing or wireless Network Attached Storage (NAS), IPv6, amongst several other features, and is generally an remarkable device.

Unfortunately, it’s not all roses. When the backups are working, it’s brilliant ? indeed, it’s backing up my laptop right now: I can just about hear it whirring away and the Time Machine icon in my menu is rotating ?  but when you get the dreaded “Backup Failed” message, that’s when things get interesting?

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SpiekerBlog (en): Braun Apple


Braun Apple Braun collectors like myself have known for a long time where some of the ideas came from that led to the perforated-aluminium-look of some Apple computers. I took a few photographs of my world receiver T1000 from 1962 (!). Radii and perforations look almost identical to the ones on a MacBook Pro or a MacPro, 45 years later. [From SpiekerBlog (en): Braun Apple]

Apple and EMI team up to sell DRM-free music

Well it’s about time! Engadget has coverage of the Apple & EMI joint event, live from London. In summary, EMI are selling their entire catalogue as a new iTunes Music Store “premium” option: $1.29/€1.29/£0.99 per song gets you a DRM-free, 256kbps AAC track. That’s 30 cents/20 pence extra for no DRM, hence better interoperability, and better audio quality. Apple will still sell “standard” EMI tracks with DRM and 128-bit AAC encoding for $0.99/€0.99/£0.79.

“Premium” albums will cost the same price as “standard” albums, which is great news; along with Apple’s new “Complete My Album” feature this will hopefully redress the “death of the album” that’s been happening since single-track purchase came into existence.

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