Keep in Sync with Dropbox

If you have more than one computer you will probably find it very useful to keep them in sync. As for me I have a multitude of computers from the desktop Linux, Windows, Mac OSX, laptop Mac OSX, iPad, and iPhone. Keeping these computers in sync would be much more of a challenge if I didn’t have Dropbox which can share files between all of these computers and also make them securely accessible on the Internet.

I love Dropbox since it has many features MobileMe should have. A key criteria for my evaluation of software is that files that are created can be synced between computers because my workflows include working on documents on many different computers before I am finished with them. More and more software is being made to be compatible with Dropbox because it provides a reliable set of syncing services. An example is keeping text files in sync between iPhone, iPad, and desktop computers. I use WriteRoom (on my iphone and iPad), TextMate, and Notational Velocity to write text files that are immediately available on all of my computers. It is a tremendous productivity boost to be able to update these text files on whatever computer I have available when I have a spare moment.

I have been happily using Dropbox for some time as these posts describe:

  • Get Dropbox, September 18, 2009
  • Dropbox Version Control, November 10, 2009
  • Reliable Syncing of Textexpander Snippets, January 12, 2010
  • Check out this article for a lot more things you can use Dropbox for.

    Even if you only have one computer you can use Dropbox for remote file access and file sharing for things like photos.

    You can have up to 2 GB of file storage for free and there are paid plans to store a lot more. Dropbox has a sweet deal for referrals that is Win-Win. If you register for a free Dropbox account using this link I get an extra 250 MB of storage and you do too! I heartily recommend Dropbox to keep your files in sync and share them with other people.

    Get Dropbox

    If you have multiple computers (and multiple Operating System platforms) like I do it is very useful to sync folders between them so you can access current information from any computer. With Dropbox you can even securely access these files from someone else’s computer using the Dropbox web service. Another very valuable capability is immediately sharing files with others via a shared folder. For distributing photos for example, this sure beats sending multiple emails and is quicker than uploading to online services.

    Lifehacker has an article on even more things you can do with Dropbox including such innovative things as syncing passwords across computers and accessing shared portable applications.

    Dropbox is free so try it out using this referral link to get extra storage space. It is simple to setup with just an online registration and installation of software that works on Windows, Linux, and Mac.

    I am sure you will like it since it is easy to use and it just works. Simplicity is something we all can appreciate to reduce the complications and stress in our lives.

    Computational Knowledge Engine?

    Stephen Wolfram, of Mathematica fame, is creating high expectations for his new web application Wolfram Alpha that is intended to compute the answers to new natural language questions. Certainly this new web application sounds interesting. While we are waiting the estimated 2 months for the launch I’m sure he won’t mind if people checkout his book A New Kind of Science that is free online for reading or maybe buy a copy of Mathematica ($295 USD for a home edition).

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    Timeline Software

    Timeline software is beginning to emerge to help present events in time in a more interesting way similar to how Apple has implemented time machine effects for recovering backup files.

    Bee Doc’s has two software versions for creating timelines with the second one including some 3D effects. The software can be used to create editable timelines that can be stored locally or posted online as a movie.

    Kronomy is a beta web service for creating timelines on their site and embedding the timeline on another site. Dates are not shown horizontally on the bottom but along with the list of events. Kronomy has a nice feature of supporting interesting graphic backgrounds. By posting content to the site you are granting the site to full rights to the content. Ameans for exporting content out of Kronomy isn’t immediately apparent. You can restrict access to your timelines to people in your contact list. You can also just keep them to yourself but that kind of defeats the purpose of having them online.

    Circavie is another beta web service for creating timelines. It is part of the AOL community and you can sign on using your AIM id which is a free registration. It has more flexibility in that you can display the timeline online but also embed it at another site and create an RSS feed. This site also doesn’t have an obvious way to download all your content.

    While the online betas are interesting Bee Doc’s seems the best bet especially if you want to have more flexibility and control of your content.