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Why Sugarsync rocks more than Dropbox, and how to get free space

Sugarsync vs Dropbox

Don’t know what Sugarsync is? In a few words: Easy backup, 5 GB of free space, and an easy way to share your files (especially the big ones) with other people.

If you want even more free space than those 5 GB, use this link to sign up. That way I will get some more space, and you too! And if you decide to sign up, you will get 10GB for free, on top of the package you choose.

So why should you bother with Sugarsync?

If you, like me, need to be able to send huge files wherever you are, you know how hard a task that can be. Even if you have the huge file on your laptop AND the laptop with you, you will often need to try to find a good hotspot, or connection on your mobile device. And if your luck is as bad as mine – that connection will suck.

With Sugarsync you can have all your huge work files uploaded as you create them, as well as previous versions of them online – so you are safe in case of a disk crash (god forbid!). But the really cool part is that you can use their apps on Android or iPhone to easily share that huge file with anyone you want to.

Why Sugarsync is better than Dropbox

While its possible to put something together with Dropbox to do backups of folders etc, you have to set up all kinds of extra programs or scripts to do it. With Sugarsync you just tell the Sugarsync client (Windows and Mac) what folders to sync, and you are done.

Size matters

If you are going to use a service like Dropbox, iCloud or Sugarsync for backups, and you actually have something to backup – it will become pretty clear that you will need more space. With Sugarsync that is no problem. Sugarsync has a plan that allows you 500 GB of space, thats 5 times more than Dropbox and 10 times more than iCloud! But you can choose whatever plan you like, and most of the time Sugarsync will be less expensive than its competitors.

Easy sharing

With Dropbox you need to make sure that the files you want to share is put in the public folder, with Sugarsync you can share any file you have made backups of, by creating a public link (they stay private to anyone that don’t know that spesific link).

Sharing a file from your backup with someone using Sugarsync is just a matter of finding your file on your computer, right clicking and choosing “Get public link” and you are ready to send the link to the file to anyone you want to. Or you can use the app and have that send off an e-mail with the link.

What other differences are there between Sugarsync and Dropbox?

Sugarsync has made this video that really tells more than all the words I have already wasted, sorry to spring it on you so late in the article ;)

What are you waiting for? Get backup-ing and get your free 5 GB of online storage now.


Opera going tiny

This is just so incredibly cool. Opera has released a browser that will run on almost any J2ME (Java micro) cell phone with data connectivity. (Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia and others have support for J2ME and GPRS).

Norwegian blogger and Opera employee Arve Bersvendesen writes in his blog:

Opera Mini

Opera Mini is based on two components. First, there is the client component, which is a J2ME application users can download and install on their phones.

Secondly, and more importantly, there is the server component. When accessing the web with Opera Mini, the server component, which uses Opera’s Small Screen Rendering technology, converts the pages to OBML, Opera Binary Markup Language, and sends the OBML to the client which in turns renders it in just the same way it would have been rendered on a regular version of Opera

Opera just keeps on blowing my mind. Now I can’t wait to see a browser for my Pocket PC, or what about a browser for the PSP? That would kick ass. (Not that the browser available in the 2.0 version of their OS sucks, its just that I am certain Operas browser would do an even better job on the PSP).

Its interesting times for mobile devices. With Macromedias Flash Lite I am sure we will also see more development of interactive content for small devices. And I am sure Operas Mini will also play its part.

[Update] Peter Karlsson has posted a couple of Sony Ericsson P900 screnshots of Opera Mini vs the built in browser from SE. Which brings the question, why hasn’t he already installed the Opera version for the Sony Ericsson P800, P900 etc. phones? (see the full selection of phones that support Opera mobile here)


Making the most of Google Desktop search

I was a little slow to really pick up how cool Google Desktop Search actually is. Even with it installed I really didn’t get to utilize it 100%. Among the things I couldn’t get it to do, was search through content on network shares. And it seemed that the only way to accomplish Googeling those would be to run an instance of Google Desktop Search on the file server. In my case that is impossible, since Google Desktop Search is only available for Windows and the file server in question is running Linux. On top of that my choice of e-mail software isn’t supported out of the box by Google Desktop Search. (I am a long time fan of Eudora for mail handeling on Windows boxes).

Well, as many of you probably have discovered already. There is a whole bunch of Plug-ins for Google Desktop Search.

To fix the problem with network shares, you just need to install a sweet little plug-in called TweakGDS – it will let you choose any mapped folder. (Read about how to map network folders if you don’t know already).

The fix for the e-mail problem wasn’t so easy to find. (That is, its not on the VERY short list of E-mail plug-ins for GDS).

But there is actually a GDS plug-in for Eudora available. Its called “Eudora Crawler” and seems to be doing the job.

If you are running Google Desktop Search and can’t get it to index your Netscape Mail / Thunderbird then you really should update. GDS is out of beta with a whole lot of new formats supported…


CherryOS, Open Source Software and theft

Or how I came to read about Maui X-Stream and their software (CherryOS and VX30), that it appears is more or less based on every open source software out there.

This story by Drunkenblog sets a standard for investigative journalism – one that not many of the regular media institutions can live up to – unfortunately.

Deconstructing Maui X-Stream. Please be aware that its probably one of the longest blog postings around.


Shocking news: Apple involved in theft of copyrighted material

I would have thought a software and IP-house such as Apple would keep its path clean and make sure not to infringe other peoples copyright or downright steal other peoples creations. Not so it seems.

Apple and copyright violations – Virtuelvis

The page in question that had made it on to the Apple web site, was a chopped-off version of the rounded corners tutorial, incorporated into the WebCore layout tests for generated content, most likely since earlier versions of Safari exhibited some very funky rendering (screenshot).

The short story: Code, images and a tutorial for CSS rounded corners, created by norwegian blogger Arve Bersvendsen was stolen by a team member at Apple, included in source code and the tutorial published (a pure copy) on the Apple website. When confronted with the ordeal, Apple goes mute and refuses to try to straighten out the obvious infrigement on copyright.

I guess they think they are big enough to just ignore cases such as this one.


Google Toolbar 3 Beta

Google Toolbar 3 beta has been released.

New features:

  • SpellCheck: Whenever users type into a web form (including web-based email, discussion forums, and intranet web applications), SpellCheck instantly reviews and suggests corrections. The AutoFix option enables users to automatically check and correct all the text they’re entering with one click.
  • AutoLink: Whenever users see a U.S. address on a web page, one click on AutoLink automatically links the address to an online map. For example, if users are reading a review of a new restaurant, clicking on AutoLink will turn its address into a link to a map, complete with directions. AutoLink also links package tracking numbers to pages displaying that package’s delivery status and other useful information, such as Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) and Publication ISBN numbers.
  • WordTranslator: This feature translates words from English web pages into one of 8 other languages. Hover the cursor over a word and Google Toolbar’s WordTranslator feature displays the word in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese, or Korean.

Google Toolbar still requires Windows 98/ME/2000/XP AND Internet Explorer 5.5+. No toolbar for those of us chosing to use a safe browser. They really should make a toolbar for Firefox and Opera.

[Via Google weblog]

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Freeware Flash tool: Wink

This is a nice little program: Wink

Wink is a freeware tool for Windows for creating tutorials on how to use software, websites etc.

Using Wink you can capture screenshots of your software, use images that you already have, type-in explanations for each step, create a navigation sequence complete with buttons, delays, titles etc and create a highly effective tutorial for your users.

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Jon Udells screencast of the life of a Wikipedia article

This one seems to be going the rounds on the blogs I read: Heavy metal umlaut: the movie

Its very interesting to see the evolution of this article through 2 years. To me it shows the power of Wikipedia as an encyclopaedia.

Being an old Flash developer, it was also nice to see him using a system that utilises Flash for presentation, its in my mind clearly the right choice on the web today.

Naturally I became curious to what tool he might have used. From what I can gather by my quick detective spree he is using a tool called Camtasia Studio. It records from the screen in full motion and also allows you to narrate with audio as it is recording. Camtasia outputs the resulting movie as Flash (swf or flv), Windows media (wmv), Quicktime, Realmedia, animated gif or as a projector file (exe).

With a price of US $299 its shouldn’t be out of reach for people that want to easily make guides for software or even for web sites and web applications.


How to run a program as another user in Windows

Thank you Gisle, I knew there was support for “sudo” in Windows XP, but I have never used it.

As most of you know, most single users run their Windows setup as administrators, giving any program or script full access through your user at any time. Its one of the largest security problems facing Windows machines.

But there is a way to use Windows with a limited user and quickly change to administrator level when needed.


Opera vs Firefox

I have to admit, I am overjoyed that these kinds of topics are popping up. It means that we have finally come to a point where Internet Explorer has real competition. Well, lets be honest – Internet Explorer as we see it today is as antiquated as when we saw the first versions of Internet Explorer emerge from a Microsoft that had decided the Internet wouldn’t be a commercial success.

Roger Johansson has written up a list of his favourite Firefox extensions and Arve Bersvendsen answers with his Opera equivalents to Firefox extensions

Both articles are worth reading if you are using either of the two browsers. And if you aren’t, then you really should take the time to try either Firefox or Opera now.