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Botzam, a new company from the original founders of Actual Software, has released Botzam Backup, which backs up data and applications onto expansion cards. It supports scheduling, compression, and encryption and will work with Memory Sticks, SD cards, and Compact Flash cards. It is available now for $15.
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Beavis @ 6/18/2002 3:20:40 PM #
Anyone know what a "Botzam" is? It doesn't show up in my dictionary.

RE: Botzam?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/18/2002 3:55:14 PM #
it might mean something in other language.

but it kinda reminds me of Batman or Bartman ... ~~

Silly name.
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/18/2002 4:55:25 PM #
would you trust someone named botzam? dont think so... but i trust backupBuddy!
RE: Silly name.
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/18/2002 5:45:47 PM #
Silly name...yeah, but these guys know how to build good software. Multimail was a great product until Palm got a hold of it. Updated regularly, innovative plug-in capabilities, super customer support. I suspect that this software will be just as good.
RE: Botzam?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/18/2002 11:29:39 PM #
whats with multimail? i like the name...what is the connection?
RE: Silly name.
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/19/2002 6:18:14 AM #
So we're judging app's by their names now are we... ;o)
RE: Botzam?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/19/2002 12:01:16 PM #
yeah! would you like to have "ilike2sukdiks" as a Datebook manager replacemnt for your palm??? would you? dont think so...
RE: Botzam?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/19/2002 4:24:49 PM #
Its maztob backwards. Duh!
RE: Botzam?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/19/2002 10:21:45 PM #
It actually is the name of the company AFTER passing through TEA encryption.
RE: Botzam?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/19/2002 10:29:07 PM #
Batzom => Bat zombie
Tombaz => Tom is the best :P
Tazbom => Test bomb or Bomb test

O .. got too much time ~~

RE: Botzam?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/20/2002 11:49:19 AM #
Okay, my amateur research says that BotZam is the highway connecting Botswana and Zambia, in Africa. Similarly, the TanZam highway links Zambia and Tanzania.

There is also a man named Marco Botzam in Albanian history.

So why the name? Who knows!

Archiving deleted files?

fleegle @ 6/18/2002 4:18:04 PM #
Sounds interesting. Does anyone know if it archives files that have been deleted from RAM, like CardSync does? Does it backup only changed files rather than all files during the backup session?

Their webpage doesn't reveal much about my questions.

RE: Archiving deleted files?
Lock @ 6/19/2002 3:11:24 AM #


RE: Archiving deleted files?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/19/2002 9:44:24 PM #
After a little experimentation with it, here is what one person found out:

(I have only experimented with encryption on but not compression because I have a large memory card. Encryption is my only interest because I can use HandEra's built-in backup which is a lot faster than Botzam.)

It does incremental backups, meaning that after the first backup, it only saves the files that have changed (a nice time saver). I don't know how that works with compression turned on.

I'm not sure how CardSync works, but I don't think this program saves deleted files. At the end of each backup, it removes "orphan files" which I assume is the process of getting rid of files deleted in ram. The reason I'm not sure is that in advanced mode where it displays a list of all files, it doesn't sort them alphabetically! So you have to wade through every file to find what you are looking for or to see if a file still exists.

It had a major problem with my security software (Gridlock). Because Gridlock takes over when you turn on the machine, the scheduled backup feature won't work. Furthermore, it then caused alarms to fail until I turned on the machine again to get things back to normal. (I found this last point out by missing my wake up alarm this morning after setting Botzam to backup in the middle of the night last night; it failed to do so because of the Gridlock conflict.) But if I feel like I need encrypted backups, I probably am the kind of person who wants some startup security as well, so turning off Gridlock is not a good option.

I'm having some inconsistent problems with the "remember password" feature. It tells me the password is incorrect after I have asked it to remember it. So I have to go in a clear the password and reenter it. It takes the original password just fine once I enter it again.

Of course, YMMV.

I think a little more time with some beta testers would have helped this release.

Have you ever tried to save an encrypted *.pst file?

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/18/2002 7:36:37 PM #
Have you ever tried to save an encrypted *.pst file? It's murder if you've lost the password. This will be the same. I can see people running to my desk now to say, "please help me get my Palm data back!" I'll ask what the password is, they'll say " I dunno." I'll say too bad, so sad.
RE: Have you ever tried to save an encrypted *.pst file?
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/18/2002 7:49:01 PM #
Naw. Commercial tools can open them in seconds for not a lot of money.

"This will be the same. I can see people running to my desk now to say, "please help me get my Palm data back!" I'll ask what the password is, they'll say " I dunno." I'll say too bad, so sad."

I guess our response will be the same to users and admins alike when they come running looking for their server data after they've lost their palm which had network passwords stored in it and backed up. You can put all the lock down tools you like on your palm, but if it's not encrypted, then it's sitting their on your backup card for the plucking. This tool helps address that.

The only thing is, it's pretty slow, even without encryption turned on. But then I may be conditioned to HandEra's in-the-blink-of-an-eye Backup/Restore.

what happens with OS5 encryption

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/18/2002 11:50:45 PM #
aside from not having the nice formats, os5 will have all the encryption you need, and it's free.
RE: what happens with OS5 encryption
mtg101 @ 6/19/2002 6:33:44 AM #
There will be an encryption library in OS5 - that's not the same as having a backup tool than encrypts the backup. A library simply provides functionality for other programs to use.

RE: what happens with OS5 encryption
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/19/2002 1:03:02 PM #
Agreed Rus. Even pre-OS 5 has a DES library which few seem to use. It's just that *better* encryption will be included in OS5, and it's better integrated, so that developers who aren't crypto-heads can let the OS worry about the details and add encryption with regular datamgr calls. Further, alternative encryption options will be available as plug-ins. So yes we should see more encryption in apps in OS5. Both because of the increased performance, and because the OS will do more handholding. But it's still up to a developer to choose to make use of it, same as it is now.


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