I'm Safe

eyoungren

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A very long time ago there was a free backup product called I'mSafe. It ran in Tiger and Leopard and it was very simple to use and very versatile.

Unfortunately, I abandoned it when the dev wanted people to pay.

I was looking for something in my ancient archives tonight and ran across it. I thought what the hell I'll give it a shot again. By now, of course, the company that made the product is defunct.

Just as I recall, the nag prompt for the license came up. Unlike what I remember, I accidentally clicked on the close button for the nag box and the nag box went away while the app remained functioning.

So, DAMN I thought. All these years I could have continued using the app!

Using it right now to backup my server to a drive on my Quad.

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If anyone wants to try it, here it is: https://www.dropbox.com/s/id0glpfcen1ecrc/imsafe.zip?dl=0

Again, it's very simple. It can automatically connect and disconnect to network shares as well. You just have to close the license nag box.

Hope it works for somebody.

EDIT: If you are backing up a boot drive, do NOT forget to exclude the /Volumes folder! Otherwise I'mSafe will step through every drive you have connected/mounted and back that up to your target folder/drive.

Totally forgot about that until the app started backing up my 4TB HD to my 4TB HD!!!
 
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Unfortunately, I abandoned it when the dev wanted people to pay.
Might I ask why you left it after he wanted people to pay for it? I mean I know there’s the simple answer of “i just don’t want to pay for it”. But for something as critical as backing up your machine, surely paying for it would be worth it? I’m just curious if the dev priced it too crazy or something along those lines.

Not trying to come off bad at all, just as I’ve come to code and develop more, I have been more sympathetic towards developers charging. Making software for free and needing to work to make money is hard to do.
 

eyoungren

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Might I ask why you left it after he wanted people to pay for it? I mean I know there’s the simple answer of “i just don’t want to pay for it”. But for something as critical as backing up your machine, surely paying for it would be worth it? I’m just curious if the dev priced it too crazy or something along those lines.

Not trying to come off bad at all, just as I’ve come to code and develop more, I have been more sympathetic towards developers charging. Making software for free and needing to work to make money is hard to do.
I really liked the app, but I was using it at work - for work backups. The free price was all I could afford as by that point my boss had proven that unless the place was burning down he wasn't going to spend any money.

He'd nod his head, smile, tell me "Sure" and "Give me a price quote". And then I'd never hear about it again.

I wasn't about to pay for it myself - for work, for backups critical to HIS business when he wasn't going to spend a dime for it himself.

So I had to move on. Had I realized what I now know, I'd have kept it.

At the time though, I wasn't using backups for myself - otherwise I'd have bought it for myself. The price was very reasonable.

But even had they priced it at 50¢ my boss wouldn't have given me the CC to pay for it.
 

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Apologies for asking a non thread related question - is that an app that gets the time on the bottom right?

Great read - I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. :)
 
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Apologies for asking a non thread related question - is that an app that gets the time on the bottom right?

Great read - I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. :)
The clock is Simple Floating Clock.

What you're seeing is the desktop of my G3 Server displayed in a window on my HDTV. I am using the TV as a monitor connected to my G5 Quad. Simple Floating Clock is sitting on top of the wallpaper.

Glad you enjoyed the read.
 

galgot

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Thanks ! Was looking for something simple for scheduled backup of my MBP Dropbox folder to my MacMiniG4.
Indeed this is super easy to setup.
 
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I really liked the app, but I was using it at work - for work backups. The free price was all I could afford as by that point my boss had proven that unless the place was burning down he wasn't going to spend any money.

He'd nod his head, smile, tell me "Sure" and "Give me a price quote". And then I'd never hear about it again.

I wasn't about to pay for it myself - for work, for backups critical to HIS business when he wasn't going to spend a dime for it himself.

So I had to move on. Had I realized what I now know, I'd have kept it.

At the time though, I wasn't using backups for myself - otherwise I'd have bought it for myself. The price was very reasonable.

But even had they priced it at 50¢ my boss wouldn't have given me the CC to pay for it.
I don't know the specifics of this particular license but in general such a move could have put you and your employer at risk.
 

eyoungren

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Would this not be a perfect candidate for the macintosh garden?
Sure. Go ahead and upload it if you like.
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I don't know the specifics of this particular license but in general such a move could have put you and your employer at risk.
When launched it was freeware. There was no distinction between home or business use - i.e., they weren't charging for a business license. When they started charging, I stopped using it.

Don't really see a problem there.

No, the real problem was the boss not spending money on software and hardware. It makes it hard to do my job and keep his data safe.
 

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Sure. Go ahead and upload it if you like.
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When launched it was freeware. There was no distinction between home or business use - i.e., they weren't charging for a business license. When they started charging, I stopped using it.

Don't really see a problem there.

No, the real problem was the boss not spending money on software and hardware. It makes it hard to do my job and keep his data safe.
It sounded as if it was initially free and then switch to being a paid product. When you said:

Had I realized what I now know, I'd have kept it.​

I took that to be a reference to:

I accidentally clicked on the close button for the nag box and the nag box went away while the app remained functioning.​
 

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It sounded as if it was initially free and then switch to being a paid product. When you said:

Had I realized what I now know, I'd have kept it.​

I took that to be a reference to:

I accidentally clicked on the close button for the nag box and the nag box went away while the app remained functioning.​
Oh, my bad.

But, I'd still have kept it for myself had I known it would continue to function that way. At some point I'd probably have paid for a license though.
 

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Oh, my bad.

But, I'd still have kept it for myself had I known it would continue to function that way. At some point I'd probably have paid for a license though.
Apologies if I implied you were doing something wrong. It was my intent to point out that being able to bypass a nag screen doesn't grant the user a license to use the software. If you're doing it in a personal setting there's little chance of it being an issue but a business setting is likely to draw more "attention". And I hope I didn't offend with my comments.
 
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Apologies if I implied you were doing something wrong. It was my intent to point out that being able to bypass a nag screen doesn't grant the user a license to use the software. If you're doing it in a personal setting there's little chance of it being an issue but a business setting is likely to draw more "attention". And I hope I didn't offend with my comments.
No worries!