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HN: can DropBox be trusted? (mostly FUD on the eula, but gets some technical) cc. 2008

 

dropbox vs (other) synching applications

 

HN: file-sharing extension up, then down, then discussion

 

 

Hacks

Dropfox - share a firefox profile cross-computer via DropBox
Life hacker: Use DropBox for more than just file-synching -- a list of unusual uses. See also http://wiki.getdropbox.com/TipsAndTricks
20 Dropbox “Hacks”
a quick tweet emacs remember mode + dropbox = Sharing the same notes file between all my computers ... but... only the notes file, not the links to other files???

 

 

Other folders

http://lifehacker.com/5154698/sync-files-and-folders-outside-your-my-dropbox-folder
sync GreaseMonkey-folder via DropBox (in Hebrew -- scroll-down for English)

  • requires junction, or something like it

 

 

 

Path

.NET 3.5 program to set the path arbitrarily - have not tried. Only an .exe and no viewable source-code.

 

can’t find a way to interrogate dropbox to get the path on any given machine... has the API come out yet? (Jan 26, 2009: no)

 

python script to display config info including path

 

so. it IS possible.....

 

 

Emacs integration

.... hrmmm...

 

so far, just a simple copy-to-hard-coded-location (see notes in Path, above). and open-my-dropbox.

 


(defconst dropbox-path "</path/to>/My Dropbox" "Path to DropBox ON THIS MACHINE")

(defun dropbox-copy (&optional file-name)
  "copies provided file into DropBox.

If no file-name is provided, the current-buffer's file is copied.
Should make this smarter for non-file-visiting buffers, maybe...."


  (interactive)

  (setq file-name
        (or file-name (buffer-file-name)))
  (copy-file file-name dropbox-path t))


(defun dropbox-dired ()
  "opens dropbox in dired"
  (interactive)
  (dired dropbox-path))

 

 

see also:
http://blog.ox.cx/2009/01/14/ubiquitous-emacs-configuration/
http://setomits.vox.com/library/post/sharing-setting-file-of-emacs-by-dropbox.html?_c=feed-atom
http://jgoamakf.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/emacs-and-dropbox/

 

 

but, just how SAFE is Dropbox?

“Any sensitive data you should be encrypting anyway. I use TrueCrypt volumes mounted inside Dropbox.”
http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=389404
from http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=389304

 

“Dropbox currently comes with 2GB of free storage, which is in turn stored on their Amazon S3 account which they further secure with their own AES-256 encryption in addition to using SSL before anything is ever sent out.”
http://paulstamatiou.com/thoughts-on-dropbox

 

 

paranoia about Dropbox security, and counter-arguments in the comments: http://bderidder.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/dropbox-passwordsafe-good/

 

not extremely informative, DropBox help: How secure is Dropbox?

 

Ultimately, I use it, and have experienced no issues.

 

HackerNews: June 2011 Security breach at DropBox? and lots of discussion on security in general

 

 

(FOSS?) Alternatives?

How to build your own open-source dropbox clone -- more of “experimental notes” than a how-to, and more of a “some functionality, on some clients” than a clone. Points to some interesting existing projects, though.

 

Lifehacker: Dropbox vs. the Alternatives: Which Online Syncing Service Is Right for You?

 

 

See Also

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