My heart sunk into my chest and I couldn’t believe it. One mistake transferring files to my new computer…and I had lost every single one of my photos. Gone. Poof. Irretrievable. Not on my computer–or on my backup drive (still don’t understand why). 30,00 photos gone. My wedding. My kids’ birth. Hilarious moments as babies that I wouldn’t remember without that video. Our old house my son constantly misses. Memories I could never get back.
But thanks to Backblaze, I did. A couple days later, with a FedExed hard drive from Backblaze, all the photos were restored. They saved my digital life–and that’s why I reached out to them to sponsor MDM Deals. I am so excited they agreed, because it’s a rare service that everyone should use. Seriously. Read why below–and how you can get a free trial as a MDM Deal fan!
The data on your computers is incredibly precious–a preciousness I didn’t realize until I realized how many memories were gone when my photos were lost. Unfortunately, backing up your files can be a hassle, which is why most people don’t do it. I had a friend who lost his entire customer database because he kept pushing off the backup he knew he had to do…6 months later, without a backup, a lightning strike fried everything. Remembering to backup isn’t enough, you need a backup that works brainlessly, automatically, in the background, constantly.
But it’s not enough to have a local backup, because there’s tons of ways you can lose your backup AND your computer at the same time. My Mom lost both when a pipe broke above her desk. Thieves will steal both. Natural disasters destroy both. Ransomware attacks connected drives. You not only need an automatic backup, you need it to be offsite in a separate location.
You need Backblaze, a fast, hassle-free, automatic, unlimited online backup service that is ridiculously cheap. It’s crazy good. Here’s a few things I love about the service, why I’ve been a happy customer for over 2 years, and why I just purchased a 2-year subscription:
Unlimited & unthrottled backups. For real. I still can’t believe they can do this, but they do and it’s awesome. Not only will they backup your computer without limit, but they’ll backup connected external drives too. Such a steal. I’ve got about 2TB backed up, but Backblaze has over 750 petabytes total backed up.
Automated peace of mind. It doesn’t matter where I am or whether I have my Time Machine drive with me, Backblaze backs me up automatically in the background. Set it and never not be backed up again.
Security you can bank on. Backblaze not only supports two-factor authentication but enables your own encryption key. If you use this optional feature, no one but you can read your data–it doesn’t matter if Backblaze is issued a subpoena, is hacked, or has a rogue employee, your data is safe.
Restore with ease. I can’t count the number of times I’ve restored files with Backblaze. It is super simple: download files in your browser or, if the files are large–like my entire photo library–they can even next-day ship you a hard drive with your files. Return the drive within 30 days and you pay nothing. That’s what I did–seamless and easy. So easy, in fact, that people have recovered over 35 billion files with Backblaze. That’s a lot.
All this for $6/month–there’s no better way to safeguard your memories, and all for less than a cup of coffee a month. But if you still want it cheaper, you can save 17% if you buy a year’s subscription, taking the price down to $5/month ($60/year). Want to save even more? Do what I did and save 24% off a 2-year subscription ($4.58/month, $110/2-year).
Thanks for being fans of MDM Deals! I wanted to let you know that my family and I are in the middle of moving internationally which, as I’m sure you can imagine, is a massive amount of work. I’ve kept up with deals despite it, but we are about to embark on more than 24 hours of plane rides and then getting set up in our new home, new country, and new internet! I’m hopeful that I’ve set everything up so that I’ll only miss a couple days of deals, but there is a lot that can go wrong, so deals may be delayed longer than that. Don’t worry, though, they will come back as soon as possible!
Thanks again for following MDM Deals and see you soon!
A very Merry Christmas to you from MDM Deals! I’m taking the day off curating deals to be with my family–be back tomorrow–but that doesn’t mean there’s no deals for you today. Below you’ll find a few codes you can redeem in iTunes for some surprise gifts from MDM Deals. Enjoy!
First come, first served–but just one code per person please. I can’t enforce that, but please be respectful of others. Enjoy some holiday goodness on me!*
Merry Christmas! Be back tomorrow!
*My apologies, but because Apple doesn’t allow one to gift something to someone in a different iTunes region, the above codes will only work for people whose iTunes/App Stores are the US. I truly wish that were different.
Just the bare minimum of deals today, as you can see, as my wife or I spent the day in the hospital with my two year old. Home now and hopefully meds will work, but deals will probably be light for the next few days, if time allows.
There are over 2,500 apps and movies on sale for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Year’s Day. You don’t have time to go through them all–and many of them are junk anyway–but I did so you don’t have to.
Are you frustrated that some websites that really should have a native Mac app, but aren’t (looking at you Twitter!) Are there websites that you have to use but you simply don’t trust them not to track you online (or offline!)? Would you like some sites to open up in a window that’s always in the same size or position? Want to get websites into your menu bar so you can stay updated with one click? Then you need Unite 2, a fantastic utility that makes any website into a customizable native Mac app.
Open up Unite 2 and you’ll be greeted with a dead-simple window that asks for what name you want to give your app and the website URL you want made into an app. Choose your own image–or ask Unite 2 to automatically grab that sites favicon–click “create,” and you’re done. It’s dead simple and takes seconds.
Once created, the app appears in your application folders and, something I love, appears in Spotlight and Siri search results to easily launch the website. There’s tons of customizations you can do–put the app in your menu bar for one-click viewing, set up desktop notifications (more coming Q1 of 2019), change colors, and set it to always open the window in the same size and position. There’s a lot of power in Unite 2 to get things working exactly the way you want, all powered by a WebKit 2-powered browser to give you all the latest web features and security standards.
One thing I love about Unite 2 is that it effectively creates a quarantine for the data of each website you create, which is a huge win for security and privacy–and that alone is worth Unite 2 to me. I have long tried to keep Google and Facebook’s privacy-invading sites in a different browser than my day-to-day browser, but I regularly forgot to open up those sites in my separate browser, thereby exposing all of my web activity to those sites. No longer–I created Unite 2 apps for those sites and now I can easily pull up Siri or Spotlight to launch them into their own separate browsers. That’s a win for privacy and security and why I’ll be using Unite 2 going forward.
My MacBook Pro is five years old and has an SSD and you probably immediately know the problem: space. I love being able to take video of my adorable kids in 4k (hopefully future-proofing those images), but a 1 minute takes half a gigabyte of space (yikes!) and last year my Mac’s SSD was rapidly running out of space. What I needed was a way to easily clean up gigabytes of space–not just 1-3 gigs, but 10-30, and hopefully in a way that wouldn’t make me want to poke my eyeballs out in drudgery.
Enter CleanMyMac X, a fantastic app that has helped me reclaim over 40 gigabytes with dead-simple ease. What I love most about CleanMyMac X–and why I asked MacPaw to sponsor MDM Deals–is that its Smart Scan turns hours-consuming drudgery of finding and deleting files into a simple process that takes a couple clicks. Click once and Smart Scan goes through your computer and identifies space-hogging files that you don’t need: system language & localizations you’ll never use, hidden caches, app-specific trash bins you’ve forgotten to empty, mail attachments you can download again, and much much more. Click once more, and *poof*, CleanMyMac X removes the space hogs, giving you gigabytes back, just like this:
One of the additions in the X version is that it now also scans for malware and perform system maintenance & optimization tasks. All that, with one simple click. Of course, you can manually choose what files it finds to clean up, but I’ve found its analysis is so good that I just trust the automatic settings. CleanMyMac X even helps you identify the largest unused files on your computer so that you can decide what to do with them–nice.
CleanMyMac X is a dead-simple, safe, and easy way to reclaim your space and get your life back. I’ve been a very happy user and highly recommend it to anyone who has a Mac–you’ll be amazed at not only how much space it can save you but how much time as well. Best yet? It’s a 100% free download.
I’m also excited to announce that MacPaw is sponsoring a giveaway to give away three copies of CleanMyMac X–you’ll definitely not to miss out on this giveaway! Here’s how I’ll be giving away three copies:
I’m excited to announce that we just hit a goal on my Patreon campaign. As a thank you to all of you who have jumped in, I’m giving away a copy of Fantastical, Mini Metro, & Pixelmator to three lucky Patreons! If you’re a Patron, enter the giveaway here–and if you pledge $5 or more a month, I’ve already entered you in with your 10 or 20 bonus entries.
If you’re not a Patron, this is your time-limited offer! Join Patreon before the drawing concludes on October 22nd to get a chance to win one of these apps–and if you pledge $5 or more a month, you’ll get 10 or more bonus entries into the drawing!
And, even apart from the drawing, can I ask you to support this site on Patreon so that it can continue to exist? Below is a chart of my revenue now that Apple ended the affiliate program. It’s not pretty:
What that means is that running these deals now costs me more than it makes me–and unless the Patreon campaign picks up, I’ll need to stop running MDM Deals. The good news is, I know that I save each of you more than $1 a month. If you’d chip in just $1 a month, I can keep MDM Deals open and even expand.
I’m encountering some serious technical difficulties getting deals out–but since I have no idea what error is going on or how to resolve it, I’m asking you smart people out there–do any of you know what this error is or how to fix it or even troubleshoot it?
Just wanted to give you a quick update on some changes to this site, some which you may have noticed and some not.
First, MDM Deals is now on Google Plus. For the three of you who still use it, knock yourself out 😀.
Second, Apple made some changes in iOS 12 that prevented me from posting deals across the web in the way I did before (I’ll spare the details, but it took TONS of time to fix and I’m still cleaning up the mess) AND Apple ended its app affiliate program. The result of both of those changes is that all links now redirect to the article on this website first and that I had to remove some of the filtering options from the social media feeds. Sorry for the inconvenience/extra step that creates, but it was necessary.
Third, the Patreon campaign is up to $24/month and is just $1 away from triggering a giveaway of some of my favorite apps! I know what I’m giving away and they’re great–definitely worth jumping in on.
And…Patreon is the primary way that I can keep the lights on at MDM Deals–so if you appreciate my curation, if I have saved you money, or if I’ve helped you find new apps, would give back some of what I’ve saved you, even just $1/month? Not only will it keep the site running, but there are some great rewards for joining in at higher tiers too. Check out the Patreon page for more details.
Just a quick reminder that this week’s sponsor, PDF Expert, is offering their app at discount for MDM Deals fans, 50% off for students, and sponsoring a giveaway just for MDM Deals fans! Make sure to head over to their sponsored post to learn more, get the discounts, & enter the drawing! My thanks to Readdle and PDF Expert for sponsoring MDM Deals this week!
You’ll notice something new around MDM Deals today: some fantastic new graphic work by Max Design, replacing my ham-fisted attempt at art a year ago (seriously, not my strong suit). That new design, though, comes at a perfect time, as I make some changes to the site that will make it even better for you.
I have loved building up an audience of people who loves great deals on fantastic apps & movies and seeing you support the site as you’ve made purchases through my links. But since Apple is ending their app affiliate program, MDM Deals will lose the vast majority of its revenue in a matter of days. Rather than end MDM Deals, though–which I considered long and hard–I’ve decided to re-focus on a goal I’ve always had: being a fan-supported site that justifies my time to run–and even grow!–the site. That’s why I’m very excited to announce the start of a MDM Deals Patreon page.
If you haven’t heard about Patreon, they’re a company passionate about helping creators like MDM Deals to be supported and furthered by the support of their fans (called Patrons)–and, in turn, for those creators to rewards their Patrons with special rewards for being part of the work! I am super excited to offer you some great rewards for joining, rewards like:
Custom filtered emails, showing you just the deals you want for just the devices you have. Get only what you want, today.
Receive extra raffle entries, giving you better odds than normal fans of winning app giveaways. (Oh, and next week I’m giving away PDF Expert, so it’s not a bad time to get in!)
Get personal app recommendations, getting you the app you need without having to do any research. I’ll do it for you.
Win App Store & iTunes gift cards in exclusive Patron-only raffles and drawings!
If just 10% of you pledged towards MDM Deals on Patreon, I’ll guarantee that MDM Deals is not going away at the end of the month–and as more and more of you join in, I’ll be able to grow MDM Deals to be ad-free, to do weekly app giveaways, include Mac deals not from the Mac App store, and even more.
Head over to Patreon and support MDM Deals–and hurry, because I’m giving away an app and a $25 App Store gift card to some of the first people who sign up!
My thanks to this week’s sponsor, Scanbot, an award-winning fully-featured app meticulously designed to be your total scanning solution. With built-in OCR, markup, custom automated uploads, and even fax, it takes the pain out of mobile scanning.
My family and I are about to move overseas, which presents us with a massive problem: what do we do with documents we need as record, with keepsakes that we can’t take, or with the adorable paintings our two toddlers produce? We can’t or don’t want to throw these away but we don’t want to take up space saving them. You may not be moving, but I’m sure you’ve hit the same challenge of saving items but not wanting to take up space. Digitizing those items is a great solution, giving you access to them as needed but not taking up physical space–and so I’m very glad to share with you this week’s sponsor, Scanbot, an award-winning fully-featured app that is 100% free to download and use. Read on to learn more and enter the drawing to unlock Scanbot Pro!
The team behind Scanbot (doo GmbH) has tirelessly worked to make Scanbot a total scanning solution and their work has been recognized by Apple with an Editor’s Choice Award and as a three-time Best of App Store app. Downloaded over 10 million times on iOS & Android, it seems the market agrees–as I’ve used the app, I think it’s for two primary reasons. First, Scanbot makes it dead-simple to capture a scan and then, second, makes it super simple to process the scan.
For capture, Scanbot features automatic page detection and automatic capture, even if a page is misaligned or at an angle, though if it’s too severe Scanbot will offer a prompt to ensure a high-quality image. From the scan, Scanbot can generate a PDF or OCR the text with a superb OCR engine (see image above). The entire process takes just seconds, faster than my flatbed scanner and rivaling even dedicated scanners–but always with you in your pocket!
Once scanned, Scanbot once again makes it super simple to process the scan. You can easily highlight, markup, or sign the document–and can set it to automatically upload the scan to a location of your choice in virtually any cloud storage service (iCloud, Google Drive, One Drive, Evernote, OneNote, Box, and more) and manually set up “workflows” to send it off to different locations with the touch of a button, including sending it as a fax from within the app for those times you can’t fully embrace the 21st century.
I’m experiencing some technical difficulties with the site. I’ve been working with WordPress support for nearly 2 hours on it (while I’m on vacation nonetheless!) and we’re making progress, but I will not have deals up until much later today (and not in time for the email that will go out). If all goes well, I’ll be able to post them later today, in which case you will get a longer email tomorrow but not miss out on any deals.