Arq for backups on my Macs

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I’m diligent when it comes to backing up my computers. I make sure to always have local and offsite copies of everything. Years ago I began using Stefan Reitshamer’s Arq utility for making offline copies (to Amazon S3) and it was great. That is, until ongoing storage costs became prohibitive. S3 was relatively cheap at the time, but I was still paying hundreds of dollars per year for storage. When Backblaze and Crashplan showed up at $5/month for “unlimited” backups, I switched (to Crashplan).

I never got on well with Crashplan. I never felt that I could “see” what was going on with my backups. The interface feels janky and the app would sometimes refuse to run after OS upgrades. But, it did the job and was cheap.

While reviewing my backups after the new year, I took another look at Arq and was reminded what a nice app it is. Arq just feels better. It can back up from anything to just about anywhere and does so quickly and securely. And the costs? One of the targets available is Amazon Cloud Drive, which offers “unlimited” storage for $60/year.

So I’m back to using Arq for my backups and couldn’t be happier.

Arq for backups on my Macs

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism (Book)

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reading “The Reason I Jump” is the best way I’ve found to improve one’s understanding of how a person with Autism thinks and feels. It’s an amazing perspective, described well, by 13-year-old Naoki.

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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism (Book)

Capturing to an Org-Mode Date Tree in current buffer

I use Capture Templates in Org Mode for all sorts of things. Frequently, I want to capture something to a date tree, which automatically organizes entries by Year->Month->Day.

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The usual way of doing this is to specify the target file as part of the capture template, like this…

What I also wanted to do was capture to a date tree in the buffer I’m already visiting. This meant that I couldn’t specify the file name ahead of time. I assumed doing this would require a bunch of fancy tricks (I’m not good at writing lisp), but it turned out to be easy. I simply replaced what would normally be a string containing the target file’s name with buffer-file-name, like this…

Now, I can easily add an entry to a date tree in any file I’m working on.

Capturing to an Org-Mode Date Tree in current buffer