About OS X Lion NAS Time Machine compatibility, Netatalk & GPL violations

While many NAS-vendors like QNAP updated their products to ensure compatibility with AFP-shares in OS X Lion 10.7, things look different when it comes to Time Machine support. Most NAS-vendors still use an older version of Netatalk which supports AFP-shares in Lion (at least when using the DHX2 authentication module) but not the new Time …

AFP broken for Linux-based NAS in Mac OS X Lion 10.7

AFP network connections to many Linux-based NAS units aren’t working in Mac OS X Lion 10.7 developer preview. After hitting the connect button a message pops up saying: The version of the server you are trying to connect to is not supported. Please contact your system administrator to resolve the problem. The Time Machine backup …

How to auto backup a Gmail account to a QNAP NAS

It’s pretty straightforward to (incrementally) backup all emails in a Gmail account to a QNAP NAS. There’s a QNAP NAS solution using Getmail but it comes with some limitations. I prefer to use Gmail-Backup. It doesn’t need any configuration files and it doesn’t have a 100 messages per session limit. It stores all mails in …

Drawbacks of using Mac OS Time Machine on a NAS

Most major NAS (Network Attached Storage) manufacturers claim their NAS units support the Time Machine backup feature for Macintoshes. What they usually don’t tell you in advance is that this support is somewhat limited – at least if you plan your NAS to backup multiple Macs with Time Machine.

Waking up a NAS from Mac OS X at boot time using Wake-on-LAN (WOL)

Please seeĀ this postĀ for a more recent version which works in OS X 10.11 El Capitan and newer. Do you own a Wake-on-LAN (WOL) capable NAS (network attached storage) unit? Is your computer a Mac? Want to save on your energy bill? The consumer NAS units you can buy these days are actually small Linux computers …