Dropbox…

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…is fucking awesome. Awesome. Fucking. Here are two fun uses:

1. Back up chat logs online:

Example? Pidgin chat logs.

cd .purple
mv logs/ ../Dropbox
ln -s /home/User/Dropbox/logs /home/User/.purple/logs/

On Windows (7)? Not a problem:

Go to: C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming.purple
Move logs to your Dropbox folder and then open a command shell (cmd). Type in the following:
mklink /D C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming.purple\logs C:\Users\User\Dropbox\logs

Congratulations, your chat logs will be saved online. With further (ab)use of Linux and Windows symlinks I’ve been able to combine my Pidgin chat logs from the two platforms into the one folder and download them on my iPod for later review. I would advise you to save your logs as plain text for easier portable access.

2. Configure your website offline:

Delve into the source code for this tumblelog and you discover that the style.css for this site is hosted on Dropbox. I can edit the source file on my desktop with my editor of choice and instantly see the changes online. My next (small) step will be affect the same changes with my WordPress site, Misadventures at 720nm, by either outright moving my /content/ (images) folder into Dropbox and doing a batch database update. Or the like. Watch this space. :)

by Mark -
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