If you are wondering what are the choices you have to make share and backup your files, you might easily be able to find hundreds of alternative on the web today. Each one with their different features and technologies.
I came across 2 free tools that i use for my backup and file sharing:
MozyHome is a small application that runs on background and backups any folder that you configure it to. It will encrypt and then upload your files to your 2 GB free space. You have several tools to enable you to them restore any lost files. Nice for uploading document, project files. You have also the paid version with unlimited space.
Dropbox is a new tool, that just got public last week. It’s similar to Mozybackup with 2 GB free space and the posibility of backup your files. With some extra features such as file sharing and automatic sync. Personally I use it to share files only. Since your files need to be in the DropDox folder (Similar concept and LiveMSN sharing folder) to be able to share.
It also allows sharing of files and give you a nice public URL that you can easily send to the person you want to share your files with. The only lacking features i might see here, is that you can’t share an entire folder with files inside. i.e When you want to share several photos you can’t directly get a link to the folder. You must share it with someone that already has Dropbox. A feature that would enable a link to a zip version of an entire folder could be nice.
While searching for some open source software today, i just bumbed onto a “new”: Streamed and clearer version of sourceforge.net website. It’s quiet nice i may say, when u enter the page, u don’t have a lot of stuff, like the normal one.
It’s a Google like home page i may say, not many actions, but the essentials that are needed is visible. Let’s say is more web 2.0
The bright orange is a bit too flashy and takes up too much of the screen i may think. It could have been a bit smaller.
For those who don’t what sourceforge.net is about here is a part of the description from wikipedia:
SourceForge.net is a source code repository and acts as a centralized location for software developers to control and manage open source software development. SourceForge.net is operated by Sourceforge, Inc. (formerly VA Software) and runs a version of the SourceForge software, forked from the last open-source version available. A large number of open source projects are hosted on the site (it had reached 178,832 projects and 1,861,990 registered users as of 2008, although it does contain many dormant or single-user projects).
SourceForge.net has offered free access to hosting and tools for developers of free software / open source software for several years, and has become well-known within such development communities for these services.
SourceForge.net competes with other providers such as RubyForge, Tigris.org, BountySource, BerliOS, JavaForge and GNU Savannah.
Read more about sourceforge here.
Here we are, the day that many developers, specially Flash developer has been waiting for… their application can now be crawled and indexed by Google and Yahoo search engine this was officially announced by adobe on tuesday: “to enhance search engine indexing of the Flash file format (SWF) and uncover information that is currently undiscoverable by search engines.”
They have been working together with Google and Yahoo for a way to give access to all the information that can be found in Flash application that have been hanging around the web for the some times now.
So what does that mean, in the Web world: Flash developers that have strived to create faboulous flash websites and application, that could only be reached via direct linking, will now be seen in Google and Yahoo search result, WOW this means millions of Flash application links will make their appearance in the day to day searching on GOOG.
From my point of view this is something really good. But what will happen to AJAX application with fancy effects ? will they not be replaced by Flash which is now INDEXABLE 🙂 natively by the web crawler. From what i know from the internal working of flash, their are series of events that are triggered to be able to navigate in an application, so when the crawler will index it, will it be by pages or by scene… What will be the effect of this changes on the Web 2.0 era ?
i’ll make some research to see how it will be working and maybe post back something here. If anyone has extra information or reaction to this post, do not hesitate to post a comment.
Here is an article from ZDNET:
It’s a big day for rich Internet applications. Why? You can now find these newfangled Web applications a lot easier. Google, Yahoo and Adobe have teamed to make Flash file format content easier to find….
This Saturday i attended the first BarCamp in Mauritius, which was a great initiative from the organizers(Pierre Bernard). Even though some of the persons that should be attending did not come, it was really great and everyone that attended the session was really satisfied by the level of discussion and presentations that took place.
The first presentation was on Ubuntu Linux release performed by Malcolm(hobbyist bater bis). He detailed several aspect of the OS as it is becoming more and more popular for it’s ease of use and growing community support. And the possibilities for anyone to have access to a free operating system that enables any user to perform basic PC operating. With slides showing Firefox 3.0 installed by default on the latest version and Open Office with is a pretty good free alternative to Microsoft Office.
Then came the intervention of Vincent(bloggeur solidaire humorist), on how to install, manage and optimize a new WordPress installation. His presentation started with the installation of the WordPress zip file in a virtual directory that is used by his Apache server on a local machine. He created a new database using phpMyAdmin and then finalized the installation explaining the purpose of a good prefix for your WP Tables, which is by default “WP_”. After the installing we shown how to use plugins and widgets to enhance your WP Experience and you pages presentation. There was also a small debate on SEO Optimization on WP and how to enable permalinks or clean links to be better reference by search engine. It was a good introduction to WP and how i can be use to perform day to day blogging on the web.
OpenID Mauritius, this conference was performed by our Organizer Pierre Bernard, who will be the representative of OpenID in Mauritius.
Set a Guinness World Record, Enjoy a Better Web
Sounds like a good deal, right? All you have to do is get Firefox 3 during Download Day to help set the record for most software downloads in 24 hours – it’s that easy. We’re not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome.
By the way, the official date for the launch of Firefox 3 will be posted here soon – so check back! Join our community and this effort by pledging today.
While adding my blog on some blog directory yesterday, I “bumped” on a nice web tool that helps you to create profile picture for web social networks. It is many a times a harassing task to get pictures in an acceptable format for each of the social networks website you are registered too. Some need avatars size, some portrait size and others custom size. With the help of this small web tool, you can in a flash create the picture either save it on your PC or send it to an email address. Here are some screen shots of the site: http://mypictr.com/
For those who don’t already know about skype, you can visit them here.
In this new realease of skype, there seems to have been a bit of change in the interface, with more practical interaction with the commands. This will surely help users cause the previous version had some missing functionalities for commands. But that’s not all, the new thing about skype 3.0 that i like the the “SkypeCast” which is in beta, but a very good communicating tool, that enable a user to open an online meeting like, where he can say everything he wants and have people listen or intervening in the cast… just like a radio broadcast where people can call to get live. This is the same old principle except that here people can talk and listen and control who wants to talk and who cannot talk… this is a very nice feature and can help out in many ways skype users… e.g those who wanna learn some new languages, that there are really much, last time i went on skypecast i saw there was English Learning skypecast and French learning, it’s really cool.
Even though there is one things that troubles me is that, this uses a terrible load of bandwith for all those people connecting and listen or talking at the skypecast, the last skypecast i went to there were some troubles with the communication… and the cast gone out of control of the hoster… 🙁
Even though these small issues, this feature is really some great job done by the skype team, hope it get much better when it goes out of beta.
While browsing the web yesterday, i came down to a very interesting website… Fleck, it seems to be a new way to interact with your pages, it allows users to add “notes” on your web pages or blogs. No installation needed very simple to use.
From my point of view it could be a great tool for web developers, when working on your pages, you could just drop a note on some part of the page, for example where your CSS is not good, or even better where some images are not well displayed in one browser and correctly in another and with the sharing capabilities of fleck you can easily share this information with your colleagues.
Here is some screen shots of how it looks like when u integrate it to your web page.
so let’s begin flecking (to post of notes on the web)….