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Do we need better computer backup systems for the home?

Backup systems for home use typically consist of two components - a hard drive that your computer sees as just another (local or network) disk drive, and software to handle the details of copying files to the backup drive. Flavors of software have differing features, but that's the general idea.

That does a pretty good job of meeting a backup's original intent - to recover from drive failure or deletion of files from the primary drives. However, this design makes them vulnerable to ransomwear attacks. The ransomwear, once installed on your computer can encrypt your backup drive as easily as it can your computer.

Perhaps we need a new type of backup system - one that would be resistant to such an attack. There are challenges to creating such a system but it is possible- and a key feature is that it does NOT attach to the computer as a simple writable device.

I suspect there hasn't really been a market for such a home device as your typical home computer user might not have seen the value. But will recent events raise awareness to the point which makes it a good business proposition to create and market such a system?

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I'm so glad they told me what flavor my applesauce is...
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There are a bunch of news articles claiming that Google is going to put native ad blocking into the Chrome browser. It won't block all ads, just certain very annoying types of ads - the kind that jump into your face and prevent you from reading the article.

I saw a headline for an article in Forbes on why that's a bad idea. I tried to read the article, but I couldn't because of all the ads that were popping up and blocking the content.

Not the best way to state your case. 

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What are other people's thoughts on the potential improvements mentioned in this article? Here are mine:

I don't really need an always on display. I am not sure I want one since some of the watch face complications can potentially contain data I don't typically share. Tuning the "wrist raise" to work a bit better would be helpful, though.

I really don't want built-in cellular. I have other reasons to keep my phone nearby at almost all times, and many of those don't translate well to the size of a watch. I also don't want another data plan, nor do I have any confidence that any carrier will offer an economical way for a phone and watch to share a cellular line (voice and data).

Longer battery is always nice, but I would be more interested in "inductive charging at a distance". That would potentially let me keep an inductive charger by the bed, and possibly one on my desk at work, keeping my watch charged round the clock without the need to take it off.

If the charging problem is addressed, then sleep monitoring would be a good thing.

What are your thoughts? 

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For those who have been waiting....

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Has anyone seen information on how Google Home will handle multiple residents (i.e family members) each with their own Google account? If someone says "what is on my calendar," how will Home know which calendar to check? How will Home permit a parent to make dinner reservations, but not the young children?


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WatchOS 2.2.1 is out - bug fixes and security improvements

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Have your watch alert you when you accidentally leave your phone behind.
Pretty cool idea - I wondered why this wasn't built into the OS.   Trying it out, I did notice the occasional false alert.  That isn't surprising, since it relies on the strength of the Bluetooth connection and external factors can interfere with the Bluetooth signal.   Nonetheless, if you are the type of person who might walk out the door without your phone, having your watch alert you might be just what you need.

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Apple Watch update is out. 
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