Archive for April 3, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Dropbox API Improvements

The Dropbox API now supports a /delta call for faster syncing, copying files between different user accounts, and there’s now an OS X SDK (via Hacker News). It’s still limited to uploading 150 MB files, however.

Arq 2.6.8

Stefan Reitshamer:

In my haste to fix this customer problem, I didn’t do enough testing on 2.6.3-4. I screwed up. There was a bug in those releases where some objects were marked as “compressed” but they weren’t actually compressed. So Arq couldn’t restore properly.

What really made things bad was that at some point in my rush to get the issue fixed I accidentally (because of muscle-memory habit) ran the command to publish 2.6.3 in the “update stream” as an official release of Arq, which meant that everyone who happened to check for updates would get this buggy version. I didn’t realize this for several hours. At that point I could only move forward and fix things as quickly as possible.

Most developers have screwed up a release. The good ones are transparent about it and fix things promptly. As a registered user, I received an e-mail about this issue, and when I had a question he replied in literally one minute. Arq is my favorite new app of the last couple years.

iTunes Video Glitches

Steven Frank:

I purchased this TV show season in 2007, at which time it contained 6 episodes, all of which I downloaded. Having deleted the shows at some point in the intervening years, I thought I would re-download them now using iTunes in the Cloud. However, as you may notice, episodes 2, 3, and 5 seem to have disappeared. As far as the iTunes Store is concerned, this season is now only 3 episodes long.