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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.

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Joost invites

If you know someone using Joost, then you have a way of getting an invite. Now its open for everyone that knows someone that has a Joost account.

OK, I see I have to update: I will give you a Joost invite, but its not free for all anymore. The Joost invitation system is a royal pain in the ass, so the effort I put in to give you an invite has to be countered by an effort by you to do something for me. Alas: You scratch my back, I scratch yours:

So here is what you need to do:

  1. Link to my site from your blog/site/whatever
  2. It HAS to be a site / blog that has been around a while, I will not accept links from blogs or sites created just to get an invite.
  3. When that is done, let me know in the comments to this posting, and I will send you an invite.

I will do my very best to do that for everyone that meets my crierias. Give me a couple of days to be able to handle your request from you send it to me though.

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Joost in public beta

Joost invites are VERY popular these days. If you don’t know what Joost is – let me tell you. Its the new “product” of the creators of Skype and Kazaa. Its a streaming peer-to-peer TV-network.

You should check out Joost!Hopefully I will be able to give away some invites soon too, so stay tuned! The really unfair thing is that I have been on Joosts list of willing beta testers since forever, and never got one.

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Gmail invites swept away

Either the figure of 1.5 million invites was exaggerated or isnoop has parted with almost 1.4 million invites in 24 hours! Because now the available Gmail spool is down to about 160.000. gmail invite spooler

[Update 7th of june 2005] – Googles Gmail product manager did not like the Gmail invite spooler and pressed to shut the service down. As of yesterday it no longer exists. Way to go Google :(

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Google Mail cranking up the invites

google-invite.gifGoogle Mail changed their interface for invitations some time ago, and now its apparent why: Most, if not every, Google Mail user now has 50 invites to give away!

The question now is if this is a prelude to opening Google Mail up for anyone to register. It might be that Google will continue only allowing new users by invite, there are some obvious advantages to being able to control just how many new users enter the system, and the trail back to who invited them. The trail could possibly make it easier for Google to close spammer accounts.

Oh, and while I remember: If you need an invite, leave your name and e-mail address in the comments section.

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RSS gaining ground in the newspaper world

It seems the big newspapers are picking up RSS. It has been happening for a good while here in Norway. All the major newspapers have RSS-feeds of news from their online editions, and almost none of them require registration or payment to read their news.

So its interesting to see the big newspapers in the US taking up RSS more and more.

OJR article: Dear Bloggers: Media Discover Promotional Potential of Blogosphere now has 27 categories of feeds, while sister site has 13 feeds available. Catherine Levene, vice president of business development and strategy at NYTD told me via e-mail that RSS feeds bring in between 1 million and 1.5 million page views per month for the site. And now there’s a link for readers to add RSS feeds within the navigation bar that runs on the bottom of every page on the site.

[Via: Håkon Styri]

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RSS 1.0 Blog Reader and web services

Jeffrey Hill of is busy making cool Flash front-ends for web services. One of them are the RSS 1.0 Blog Reader

I’ll share his very interesting e-mail with you all:

it does add a new twist to other RSS news readers as it’s based off of a web service. The service (remotely hosted) returns an array – so there’s no need to parse any XML in Flash. The service should also work well with Flash remoting, as you can load the array directly into flash with remoting. However the current client for the service uses php instead.

The Client (Click view example for Demo):

The Service Listing and info

The directory contains quite a few web service listings, similar to, with the exception that all of the clients are Flash Based. It’s my hope that more companies start using Flash as an interface for web services so I’m trying to promote them as much as possible. The directory is also all set up for people to buy and sell web services and clients/custom components for those services…

The best part of the directory is the Flash WSDL parser which parses and displays any WSDL file in an easy to read Flash interface.

I’ve got some next level services coming out in the next 2 weeks that I can’t mention the details on, but they involve using Ming. And won’t be


I know I will check out the Web Services Directory at Flash-db. Lots of interesting projects there. And I can’t wait to see the commercial project Jeffrey is working on :-)

But I am in doubt, is Flash MX really a useful front-end for web services, with its rather rigid security? Please share what you know and think with me.

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Korean Flash Blog

RedFlash weblog is a Korean blog I can’t read at all – but I figured out that he or she must have read my weblog (on the count of the links to my blog, of course) and is obviously interested in Flash (judging from the links).

Well, this might be totally useless info. But I thought it was plenty neat :-) hehe

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Amazon Web Services and Amazon Light

Amazon has been fiddling with XML and its API for a while, but finally got around to releasing the “ Web Services

The Google API like interface has already spawned cool new interfaces for – like Amazon Light, which I have to admit – might very well become my favorite access to

[Via Dave Winer]

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Quasimondo Flash Google API search

Mario keeps proving that he knows how to use the new cool features of Flash MX, and the equally cool features of the Google API with his Google API Flash banner

He is using it on all the stories on the frontpage of, kind of scary that I am the only search result associated with the story about “the search for Quasimodo”. :-)

Mario has made the full source code for the Google API Flash banner available, great job Mario!

I have been contemplating including it on my own blog, but I think that if I do, I will do it purely on the individual stories and not on the index. I haven’t really tested it out – but I have a feeling that many SWFs running on the frontpage at the same time doesn’t really treat peoples CPU’s all too good.