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17 October 2008 @ 09:27 am
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I really need to thank traballenguas for solving one of my problems. Neither Google Docs nor Zoho were quite doing the trick for me as a way to work on my novel from multiple computers. They were ok, but now I've got something much better.

His solution is called Dropbox and it's basically a magic folder that exists simultaneously on any computer where you install it. So if I make changes on a word document here at home, the copy on my work computer gets updated too. It's great. It does chew up a little of you internet connection (anywhere from 5-50 MBs), but for me it's definitely worth it.

 
 
 
traballenguastraballenguas on October 17th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
w00t!

Working on a Dropbox version of some bullshit paper on Codd's Rules for relational databases (for my GIS Master) right now! The fun part is that, between Linux and OS X the documents look different, because I have different fonts installed. I have to remember to create PDFs with embedded fonts from the right computer. Other than that, Dropbox is a blast. Be careful, though, if you drop from one computer, and drag it off on another, it disappears on the original. Better to copy things off of Dropbox and then delete them (saving a copy on both computers). I used it to transfer some music to work when I couldn't fine the pen drive.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: drooling monkeyassmonkeydiary on October 19th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Aw man, I haven't even begun using it to move music and video files. That's crazy convenient!
traballenguastraballenguas on October 19th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
It is an unholy use of bandwidth, though, to upload an album to the US, and then re-dowload it to the computer downstairs. I promised never to do it again.

I also used the Public directory to store pictures for LJ, because I let my paid account expire due to laziness (and being spammed by Russian "friends" who I don't know and have their journals in Cyrillic).

I was going to distribute the new PDF of my stories using the Public directory, but then I realized I couldn't track downloads, and I am too vain not to want to know if anyone is reading it... :-D
fridgemagnetfridgemagnet on October 18th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
It keeps all the previous versions as well when you make changes, I didn't realise that. That's quite something actually. I wish it had existed a year ago.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: king kong voyeurassmonkeydiary on October 19th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Wow, I just took a look at the revision storage. That's amazingly great. Especially since I sometimes do drunken editing.