• Dropbox, and why you need it.
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  • [img]http://i39.tinypic.com/mb5sf4.png[/img] Seeing that this forum is full of coders and designers, I should I should post this. Having multiple computers sucks sometimes, but Dropbox fixed that for me. [b]What is it?[/b] Basically its an application you download and install, it puts a folder wherever you want on you computer and syncs to your other folders on other computers. Not only does it sync multiple computers, but its also an easy upload tool too. Drop the files into the folder, and they're automagically uploaded/synced. It's also free, you can subscribe for more space if needed, but you get up to 5gb free. Dropbox also logs each change you make to a file, usually giving you options to restore a previous version if you don't like or didn't want the change. Meaning it also backs up the files you place into the folder too. [b]Where do I get it?[/b] Earn yourself and I 2gb + some extra space by going here. [url]https://www.getdropbox.com/referrals/NTkyMTE1OTk[/url] Otherwise, go here and you'll get the default 2gb :3. [url]http://www.getdropbox.com[/url] [b]Why are you posting this?[/b] Not trying to advertise, but it really is a service I enjoy using. I rarely even use my flash drive anymore, becuase Dropbox is faster. Usually any mockups or webpages/apps I make go into my Dropbox folder so I can easily access them from both my computers, or form a friends computer if needed. An idea i've thought about is storing my music in my Dropbox, since its not cloud storage going from song to song won't tie up my tubes and because it syncs, both computers are up to date with any recent song purchases on either computer. Basically, I use it as a tube to sync two computers. If you've already gotten a Dropbox account, what do you use it for? Also; Want some neat tips/tricks to try? [url]http://wiki.getdropbox.com/TipsAndTricks[/url] Need some cool addons? [url]http://wiki.getdropbox.com/DropboxAddons[/url]
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  • [QUOTE=Robbert;15764067]I'm using Live Mesh, it has 5GB.[/QUOTE] [quote] [b]Requirements (mac)[/b] Operating system : Mac OS X version 10.5 (Leopard) or later[/quote] That puts me out of the picture :c. Dropbox supports OS X 10.4, so until live mesh does i'm sticking with them lol. Nice service though, from what i'm looking at :3.
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  • I upload my shit to [url=http://anyhub.net]AnyHub[/url], good ad-hoc service, no signups needed. I don't bother with those online harddrive doo-dads.
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  • I use Dropbox all the time, it's basically become a replacement for my USB for carrying university work (but I use both Dropbox and my USB just in case one goes wonky) Great service, pretty neat site.
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  • Although it's a backup rather than a syncing service, I'm considering getting Carbonite. Unlimited space for ~$50/yr.
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  • I just host all of my code on a Atom 330 debian server (using SVN) that I have at home. Since I'm the only one working on my code, it's automatically backed up whenever I commit. Although I'm fucked if my house bursts out in flames, I have a feeling my code is the last thing I'd worry about.
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  • How fast is your internet connection, gparent? Since I'm looking into a homeserver too.
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  • [QUOTE=gparent;15769542]I just host all of my code on a Atom 330 debian server (using SVN) that I have at home. Since I'm the only one working on my code, it's automatically backed up whenever I commit. Although I'm fucked if my house bursts out in flames, I have a feeling my code is the last thing I'd worry about.[/QUOTE] Cool I have pretty much the same setup except it's a windows server and doesn't backup when I commit. I have 2x 1TB hard drives, one is a nightly copy of the other.
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  • It doesn't backup when I commit, and committing makes another copy of the code so it's as if I was backing it up. My connection is 1.1 MB/s down and 0.1 MB/s up. Code weights nothing.
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  • This is pretty a helpful tool or whatever. I would sign up but I already have my own web host, etc. with unlimited space. (I host a bunch of sites, but I also use it for personal files, etc.) It's nice to have a backup of whatever and be able to access it wherever. The only thing that sucks, is that my upload speeds suck and it takes ages to upload any moderately sized file (I max out at 60kb/s up). So uploading music, videos, etc. can be a massive pain.
  • Avatar of PvtCupcakes
  • [QUOTE=gparent;15769542]I just host all of my code on a Atom 330 debian server (using SVN) that I have at home. Since I'm the only one working on my code, it's automatically backed up whenever I commit. Although I'm fucked if my house bursts out in flames, I have a feeling my code is the last thing I'd worry about.[/QUOTE] Git is way better than SVN. I put my crap up on Github. I've got my tree up on Github, then I have a clone of that on my main rig, and a clone of that on my Eee PC. When I do something on my Eee I do it on a private tree, then I push it to a public tree on my Eee. I then use my other rig to pull from that public tree into my private tree, then push to Github and my main rig's public tree. Here is what it looks like: [code] github ^ | | you push your personal repo ------------------> your public repo ^ | | | | you pull | they pull | | | | | they push V their public repo <------------------- their repo [/code]
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  • That's great. Here's what I do: 1. Checkout. 2. Work. 3. Commit. No public, private, protected, implements, extends, namespaces required. Just TortoiseSVN on both my boxes. Git is definitely better when you're more than 1 working on a project, but if I'm alone it really doesn't change much. I can accomplish off-line commits by simply copying the directory.
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  • [QUOTE=PvtCupcakes;15772048]Git is way better than SVN. I put my crap up on Github. I've got my tree up on Github, then I have a clone of that on my main rig, and a clone of that on my Eee PC. When I do something on my Eee I do it on a private tree, then I push it to a public tree on my Eee. I then use my other rig to pull from that public tree into my private tree, then push to Github and my main rig's public tree. Here is what it looks like: [code] github ^ | | you push your personal repo ------------------> your public repo ^ | | | | you pull | they pull | | | | | they push V their public repo <------------------- their repo [/code][/QUOTE] i like your drawing.
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  • [QUOTE=PvtCupcakes;15772048]Git is way better than SVN. I put my crap up on Github. I've got my tree up on Github, then I have a clone of that on my main rig, and a clone of that on my Eee PC. When I do something on my Eee I do it on a private tree, then I push it to a public tree on my Eee. I then use my other rig to pull from that public tree into my private tree, then push to Github and my main rig's public tree.[/QUOTE] You know the main advantage of GIT over SVN is the access control right (well, and multiple repos I guess)? The speed difference is negligible for a network SVN server. So really you're giving up simplicity, ease of use and a tonne of plugins (Eg. I can commit straight from within VS) for essentially nothing because you're probably working alone. Are you sure you didn't just get swept up in the GIT hype?
  • Avatar of PvtCupcakes
  • [QUOTE=r4nk_;15772972]You know the main advantage of GIT over SVN is the access control right (well, and multiple repos I guess)? The speed difference is negligible for a network SVN server. So really you're giving up simplicity, ease of use and a tonne of plugins (Eg. I can commit straight from within VS) for essentially nothing because you're probably working alone. Are you sure you didn't just get swept up in the GIT hype?[/QUOTE] Heck no I wasn't swept up in hype. Git is "What would CVS/SVN not do?"
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  • [QUOTE=PvtCupcakes;15773410]Heck no I wasn't swept up in hype. Git is "What would CVS/SVN not do?"[/QUOTE] So you use Git because you don't like SVN for some reason? How is that different?
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  • Thanks, I now use it. [editline]12:19AM[/editline] [QUOTE=Sumtoxx;15764018][img]http://i39.tinypic.com/mb5sf4.png[/img][/QUOTE] We just helped this kiddy get 3GB's extra instead of him helping us. [quote]You can get up to 3GB of extra space free just for inviting your friends to Dropbox.[/quote]
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  • [QUOTE=Ortzinator;15773590]So you use Git because you don't like SVN for some reason? How is that different?[/QUOTE] If you actually read his quote it clearly says that git does things svn doesn't and that's probably why he is using it.
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  • [QUOTE=_Underlined_;15773596]Thanks, I now use it. [editline]12:19AM[/editline] We just helped this kiddy get 3GB's extra instead of him helping us.[/QUOTE] Lol no actually I helped you too, you get extra space by signing up with the referral link. and you didn't have to in the first place :p. Just had to click the non-referral link if you didn't want to get the extra space for some reason lol. [QUOTE=culexor;15770673]This is pretty a helpful tool or whatever. I would sign up but I already have my own web host, etc. with unlimited space. (I host a bunch of sites, but I also use it for personal files, etc.) It's nice to have a backup of whatever and be able to access it wherever. The only thing that sucks, is that my upload speeds suck and it takes ages to upload any moderately sized file (I max out at 60kb/s up). So uploading music, videos, etc. can be a massive pain.[/QUOTE] Yeah, once I get a host thats actually reliable enough, I may use it instead. But then again I wonder what the bandwidth costs of doing that would be. :p
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  • Luckily dreamhost has git installed on their servers, so I use a few handmade repos. I use git simply because I've had several bad experiences with SVN while working with others.
  • Avatar of Ortzinator
  • [QUOTE=gparent;15774166]If you actually read his quote it clearly says that git does things svn doesn't and that's probably why he is using it.[/QUOTE] No, not very clearly.
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  • [QUOTE=Ortzinator;15776622]No, not very clearly.[/QUOTE] [quote]Heck no I wasn't swept up in hype. [B]Git is[/B] "What would CVS/SVN [B]not[/B] do?"[/quote] Therefore, logically, git does things svn doesn't.
  • Avatar of PvtCupcakes
  • Okay, here is one major advantage to git. I have a 30-ish minute break between classes, so sometimes I bring my Eee pc with me to get some coding done. The night before I can pull from my git repo on my main PC, and then go to school the next day and not even have to connect to the internet to work with my git tree. I can do my work, and commmit it, all without connecting to the internet. Then when I get home I can hop on my main PC and pull from my Eee and have those commits I made earlier. My Eee is really it's own repo, somebody like "Frank" could pull right off my Eee, and not have to mess with my main PC, then somebody could pull from "Frank". If you work in a large team, you can push your code to one other member, and not screw up the central repo for everyone else with your untested crap. There are plenty more advantages too. [url]http://git.or.cz/gitwiki/GitSvnComparsion[/url] [url]http://markmcb.com/2008/10/18/3-reasons-to-switch-to-git-from-subversion/[/url]
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  • I've used dropbox for about a year for use with mapping collaborations, etc. I recommended this to my dad for use with his business, since he shares multiple files with multiple clients daily. Setup for him and his clients is a breeze, and it takes out the need for email/file uploading sites. He just copy pastes what he needs into the folder, and his clients have what they need. [b]No problems[/b]. It's absolutely wonderful, and I recommend it to anyone for use with recreational or professional exploits.
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  • [QUOTE=efeX;15769226]referral... hmm[/QUOTE] Except if you do use the link, you get an extra 2gb yourself off the bat, if you don't, then you get nothing extra until you refer somebody.
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  • I use [url=http://www.wuala.com]Wuala[/url], same principle, Java based and you can share storage on your PC. I have 53 GiB of space now.
  • Avatar of Ortzinator
  • [QUOTE=gparent;15776649]Therefore, logically, git does things svn doesn't.[/QUOTE] He was implying that he was using Git because because it's not SVN. Like he's being contrary. That's not the same as using it because it does things SVN doesn't. That's how I took it anyway. There was nothing "clear" about it.