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FLOSS Friday: SilverKeeper

January 22nd, 2010

This time I’m going to visit the Mac side of the house and recommend a backup utility for Mac OSX.  The tool is freely available from LaCie and is called SilverKeeper.  As with much of the software for Mac OS X, you download a DMG file, double click the DMG to mount it, and then a window appears that directs you to drage the application to the Application Folder.  Once you do this, you’re ready to go.  On the first execution, the software scans all attached storage to determine file and space counts, makes a list of system users, and then identifies the current user running.  All of these are used to create default profiles.  The profiles allow you to specify an entire drive, all user home directories, or your current user’s home directory for the backup.  When you’re ready to make a backup, simply identify the destination disk (backups must be somewhere other than the device you’re backing up), and away it goes.

We all know the importance of backups, and LaCie’s free utility makes it so easy that you no longer have excuses to not have redundant data ever again.

SilverKeeper is freely available, but is not, strictly speaking, Free Software.  Nevertheless, it can be a valuable addition to your Mac’s set of tools and applications.

It wouldn’t be FLOSS Friday without a screen shot, so here’s the application screen shot of the week:

SilverKeeper for Mac OS X Main Window

SilverKeeper for Mac OS X Main Window

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Creating a signature with a hyperlinked image for Entourage

October 22nd, 2009

Some users like to have email signatures with images that contin hyperlinks.  The desire is to link back to a departmental web page or perhaps a personal space.  With Outlook this is a relatively straight forward task.  For Mac Entourage users this is a bit more complex, but the functionality can exist.

In Entourage, go to Tools, Accounts… Double click on the Exchange account listed. Click on the Options tab and enter content-type in the header box and enter text\html in the value box and click OK.  This enables Entourage to send HTML emails.

Open Word.  Create a signature as you’d like it.  Save this document as a Word template.

Now when you’d like to send an email that contains your signature, open the Word template that was created.  Compose your message.  When complete, click File, Send To and select Mail Recipient (as HTML). This will send the message with the intact signature into Entourage.  Add the recipients to email and send it along.

It doesn’t give full signature support like Outlook, but does work around what appears to be an ommission of functionality in Entourage.

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