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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Clean Up Some Space by Clearing Up Your Dropbox Cache

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"I use Dropbox to sync files across my Macs, but also to collaborate with others using shared folders. One day, I discovered that the disk space on my MacBook Air had dropped substantially."

Once he started poking around he found some files that he didn't really need, all within the dropbox.cache file. Simple but something I hadn't really thought about. I guess this happens in a variety of programs, such as Chrome, so it makes sense to find out where these hidden files are and if you really need them.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dropbox Adds Public Sharing Links

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"Dropbox has just announced an update to its self-named service that provides new public sharing links."

This is a great update announced by Dropbox. It makes it very easy to share information, even if they don't have a Dropbox account. Simply right click on the file or folder and select "get link" and it makes the folder or file public. Then you can send the link and others can read your information. To stop, you just make the folder or file private again from the Dropbox website.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Skydrive Apps for iOS

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 AM

"SkyDrive, Microsoft's online storage service, is one of the core elements of the company's cloud strategy."

And now, with these new apps for PCs, Windows Phone, Macs and iOS devices, Microsoft is making a play for Dropbox users. With these apps it adds a folder to your computer, and any changes to files in that folder are automatically sync'd to your iOS devices. But for new users it will cost you 18GB of storage since Microsoft is dropping the free storage amount from 25GB to 7GB. Microsoft says it's because less than 7GB is the amount most of their users have been utilizing. Another advantage for Windows users is the ability to stream or access files remotely via this app. I like the added functionality but not the decrease in storage. What are your thoughts, or do you even use Skydrive?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sync iCloud to Dropbox

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"Mac and iOS users are going to be increasingly pushed to choose between storing their documents in iCloud or Dropbox."

Well, now you don't have to choose. Well, choice in that you have to choose the syncing from iCloud to Dropbox and not the other way around. Regardless, if you are like me and mainly use Dropbox for storage, you might like to mess with your settings and set this functionality up. It's kind of a set it and forget it plan, and once done you don't have to think about it at all. The author uses it to set up his Byword app but the process can be followed for any of your apps.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Trick iCloud Into Acting Like Dropbox

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"While iCloud brought many long-awaiting features to iOS and OS X, many users were still holding out for Dropbox-like syncing service."

And now you can with this handy little trick, which tricks iCloud into syncing folders and files between Macs. It's a fairly simple 3 step process but since I don't want to make a typo, probably best for you to read the original article.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dropbox Now Lion Compatible

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 AM

"Unless you have super-sekrit magic powers, haunt the Dropbox forums or are Steve Sande, you might not have noticed that Dropbox finally upgraded to a Lion-compatible build."

All done on the sly, but you can update manually if you need to do so. Basically, download the installer for 1.1.40 here, then quit Dropbox and install. Relaunch and you are set.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Online Storage Pricing Comparison of the Big Three

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:17 PM

"With the iCloud price tiers revealed yesterday, Federico Viticci of has done a nice job comparing Apple's cloud storage offering to those of Dropbox and SugarSync, two of the most widely used cloud storage services out there."

The chart is nice comparison in several different denominations. From what I can see, it appears that SugarSync is actually the best deal. What storage solutions do you use, and with the details of iCloud out in the wild, is that going to change what you do in the future?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Save Your Instagram Photos to Dropbox With Instadrop

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 AM

"One of the great things about Instagram? It autosaves your Instagram photos to the cloud. The bad thing? They're only saved to Instagram."

Not now, since you can go to Instadrop and link your Instagram account, then it will save directly to your Dropbox account. Nifty! I just did it and it took all of a minute.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wuala: The Best Alternative to Dropbox?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 PM!5798179/wua...xtra-free-space

If you're looking to get more bang for your buck than what Dropbox offers, Wuala might be worth checking out: their prices are cheaper, they have more "in-between" pricing in terms of storage, and they cover the Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android platforms. Perhaps the coolest thing they've done though is allow you to offer Wuala the use of your hard drive; if you give them 100 GB of space on a your always-on computer (that's an important part), you'll get 70 GB of storage on their servers. Given how cheap local storage is, that seems like a good deal to me! I'm a very happy Dropbox user, but I find myself tempted by about you?

Monday, April 11, 2011

What is the Potential for the Cloud?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"The more I look at dropbox the more it intrigues me. Dropbox is one of the most basic applications ever (storage 'in the cloud') executed to perfection."

As someone that juggles files in my iTunes and iPhoto libraries between my home and my Macbook Air, I too am interested in what is in store as far as cloud storage. I would like a central repository that is affordable and that I can access when syncing my devices with my Macbook Air. Currently I have my main libraries on my Mac Mini at home, and my day to day computer is my Macbook Air with a 128 GB SSD. I have yet to run into storage constraints, but I avoid it mainly by keeping my iPhoto and iTunes files a "best of" so to speak. I would like one central repository that I can keep all of my files, and access when I need to add to or change the ones on my Macbook Air. What options do you use for cloud storage or have you found anything that would do an effective and affordable job?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dropbox for iOS Adds Compression and Storage Controls

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:30 AM

"The new version of the Dropbox app now caches retrieved files up to a size limit that you set. As with favorites, it tracks updates, so you can reload a file that has changed since it was cached."

I use Dropbox often enough that I upgraded to 50GBs of storage, so I'm always glad to see new features in the Dropbox app. The app now allows you to set a size limit of recently accessed files to store on the device. It also has settings for picture and video quality which affects the way those types of files are compressed on your iOS device. All in all, these are great features to have.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Busting Bandwidth Bugaboos: Troubleshooting ISP Speed Problems

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 11:30 AM

Since most Thoughts Media readers are using high-speed Internet, I decided this article would benefit everyone, so it's one of our rare across-the-network pieces of content. I hope you find it useful!

Figure 1: What is this, 1994 all over again?

Whenever bandwidth is discussed, there's always lots of finger pointing because there are so many variables, and players involved, that it's rarely a simple issue. My particular bandwidth bugaboo this morning? I was ticked off that Dropbox (referral) was only uploading at 10 KB/s. I left a 900 MB transfer running all night and it wasn't finished in the morning, and that's when I discovered the awful speed. My first instinct was to point a finger at Dropbox, thinking there was some sort of bandwidth throttling going on. I did a speed test with a tool my ISP provides ( and was shocked to see 1.7 Mbps downloads and 107 kbps uploads (Figure 1). It's normally 20x that on downloads and 10x that on uploads, so I knew something was wrong beyond just Dropbox. Read more...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Dropbox Updated to Version 1.2 for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 12:00 PM

"Whats new with version 1.2? iPad support so you can take advantage of all the features offered in Dropbox for iPhone from your iPad and now you can also export documents from your Dropbox into third-party iPad apps."

A welcome update. I did have this on my iPad anyway and suffered using it so I'm glad they have made it iPad compatible.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dropbox Delivers iPhone App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 07:00 AM

"Dropbox was one of the companies that I was shocked to see didn't have an iPhone app when the App Store launched last summer. The service seems like it would mesh perfectly with the iPhone."

Well the wait is over, as the app has appeared in the iTunes store. This is a free download and works perfectly with Dropbox for your desktop. If you aren't familiar with Dropbox, check out the video they have on their site or take the tour. If you already use it, this is a nice compliment to it.

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