In terms of shareware programs for automated or scheduled backup, you could try searching in the various online shareware trackers and archives. For example, check out VersionTracker.com
, the Info-Mac Archive
and the File Management subcategory
of ZDNet/MacWorld's MacDownload web site.
AppleScript scripts can also be used to perform automated backup and other tasks. However, to actually trigger the scripts at the desired times (e.g., forcing a wake-up from sleep), you'd need the help of a script scheduler. For instance, a copy of Sophisticated Circuits' iDo Script Scheduler
utility is included on the Mac OS 9.0 CD-ROM in the 'CD Extras : AppleScript Extras' subfolder; you can also upgrade the "lite" version to a more powerful "enhanced" version.
AOL is scriptable; for tips, try searching in AOL's own documentation, and in the MACSCRPT Digest Archives Mirror
(e.g., for the string 'america online' or 'aol').
[BTW, general AppleScript info can be found in the AppleScript Forum
here on MacNN. For example, see the Copying across network?
thread for a pointer to an iDisk-related backup script, and the New to AppleScript
and Where do I learn more
threads for pointers to various AppleScript web sites and other resources.]
[This message has been edited by Paul Crawford (edited 05-26-2000).]