Backblaze has made a new release available and all users are scheduled to be automatically upgraded over the next two weeks. Below are the enhancements in this release:
Release Date: 6/8/09
Windows Version: 188.8.131.52
Mac Version: 184.108.40.206
Auto-Update: All Users
This release is primarily a maintenance release to add system checks and make the service continually more robust in addressing corner cases.
“Offline” Message Fix
Some users have seen a blue notification icon and message saying the computer was offline though they were connected to the Internet and backups were continuing. This could occur when users switched between multiple networks (wired, wireless, etc.) While this did not affect backups, Backblaze will show the right message now.
Computer Clock Offset Notification
Backblaze relies on the customer’s computer clock to be fairly accurate in order to properly tag the date files are created, modified, and backed up and keep this in sync with files in the datacenter. This release added a notification if the computer’s clock is incorrect by more than 2 days.
Cloned Hard Drive Fixes
Several small improvements were made to make it easier for users who cloned their hard drive to select and unselect drives.
Uninstall Message Touchup
A few users uninstalled and thought this cancels billing. (It actually frees up a license for use on another computer.) Added a message to explain this in the uninstaller.
Self-Checks for Modifications
Some Backblaze installations have seen issues where the user or other software has deleted, modified, or moved files that are internal to the Backblaze service. Added numerous internal self-checks that will automatically fix issues or notify the user.
Signed Binaries (Mac)
Windows binaries have always been signed. Mac binaries are now signed in preparation for Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) release.
Improved Restore Downloader (Mac)
Sped up application to download files selected for restore.
Enforce Password Compliance
Added checks to enforce all new passwords entered do not contain characters that could be misinterpreted by different browsers.
Changed Log File Names
Log files were renamed with unique names (such as “bztransmit01.log” instead of “01.log”) to enable customer to search easier if needed for support.