Here’s the most important feedback - this product works!
All the existing features seem to work without bugs on my system (XP SP3). Particularly nice feature is the “modified” flags that show on the second and later uploads (following the initial upload). Files that don’t change are labeled as “unmodified”. NICE !!
Here is a list of improvement opportunities:
(1) Although C.O.B. comes with a default set of Backup Sets, I believe there should be greater flexibility to Create, Edit, Save, and Delete Backup Sets - AND users should be able to schedule each Backup Set independently.
(2) The scheduling utility looks a lot like WinXP’s built-in “Scheduled Tasks” - but my C.O.B. backup doesn’t show up there. Not sure if this is an error or intentional design.
(3) It would be great to have an integrated viewer to explore the contents of the C.O.B. stored folders (or buckets). Even better, users should be able to download, upload, and delete files and folders from within the viewer.
(4) Not sure how to optimize “Network Setting Limits”. Hopefully this will be clarified when documentation is developed.
(5) There seems to be file compression in use, although the compression method is not stated. My wish is for more granularity here - give users the option to turn compression ON and OFF, and maybe select from a list of compression methods.
(6) For me, SECURITY is the area with the greatest number of unknowns at the moment. If a user checks “Encrypt Data”, what actually happens? What encryption methodology is employed? Where are the encryption keys stored?
What is the link between the "Encrypt" checkbox and the "Set Login and Password" button? [i](If they are linked, I don't like this - I prefer to have my data encrypted with a private key - under my sole possession, and not using my Comodo login credentials - which are not really that private at all.)[/i]
(7) It looks like critical parts of C.O.B. are installed in C:\Documents and Settings..\Local Settings\Apps\2.0\ which appears unusual. Is this a requirement of .NET?
That’s all for now. This is a very exciting project, and I look forward to its continued development and eventual success!