How to Hack Your Dropbox: Five Amazing Mashups

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petepost

I recently started using dropbox for a client.  I personally like it but don't think anything is special about the program except for maybe the feature that automatically sets up a folder specifically for the articles on your computer.  Thats kinda cool.  My client who I do article marketing and <a href="http://www.indigomediaconsulting.com">search engine optimization</a> for uses it on a pretty consistent basis and likes the ease of use.  Why not share the docs in Google?

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astonvilla

Hello
DropBox works pretty well for me – on both Mac and PC.
 
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Knightfox

In case there are more lazy people out there.Here is how I setup my DropBox:

After the installation was done and the DropBox folder was somewhere on my System, I went back to the desktop and right-clicked on the "My Documents" folder and went to properties. On properties click on the move button to change the location of the "My Documents" folder and select your DropBox folder as the new target. Windows will ask if you want to copy all your files to the new folder. Just click yes...

Once this is done your My Documents folder will also have the little sync icon on the folder and you can just continue using your "My Documents" folder for old habit sake but the cool thing is that now your My Documents folder be the one that syncs when you work in it. So no need to save files in different locations or change old habits and quaranteed have all your work backed up.

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ceator3571

This is a cool product and of course cools ways to use this product. Wow!

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jbscpa

Move your iTunes database and libary folder to Dropbox and sync your iPhone from any computer.

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heinricho

you could use this to sync your savegames, game config files (like keymapping,) etc.

would be quite useful if you are sitting at work (yes i can play games on my job) on 12 hour stints and don't want to have seperate characters for fallout, oblivion, or other games you spend significant amounts of time on.  this will save you from copying save files from your clunky desktop to your laptop using a USB key or w/e all you high-speed kids use these days.

speedy and hands-free, sounds like a win to me.

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marshallladd

If your office has blocked IM apps(US Army has) you could share a text file amongst friends on Dropbox.  Keep loading, typing, saving and syncing back and forward.  Kind of a hassle, not very practical, but it would work.  You would even get a pop-up everytime they sent you a new message, of course it would only say something like "chat.txt has been updated" but it would alert you to a new not-so-IM.

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linux_dork

I just want to second the idea the quickone said a few comments down.  Using DropBox to store your Thunderbird profile, so you can have the same mailbox (sent messages, read messages, etc) synced across multiple computers.

 

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Modred189

I like dropbox simply for its file synching ability, but it is also a nice online backup tool, though with limited space. I, for one, do not trust online backups as much as physical backups.

I have three computers. A netbook and a main desktop (both with dropbox) and a backup/htpc macchine. While folders synch between thefirst two, I have Comodo Backup automatically copying any changes to my htpc, from the desktop, over the network. This means that not only is everything synched, but backed up to a secondary location. 

 

For a while, I even had this set up as a quickie file share. I would create a second dropbox account and install it onto the htpc. Then, I gave the password and login for that second account to my friends and family. That dropbox account was pointed toward a particular folder in my dropbox folder within the backup location. As a result, if I dropped a file into my netbook's dropbox, it would be synched to my desktop and then backled up to my HTPC/backup. It was backed up into a dropbox folder that was synced to the online service that my friends and family could access. 

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quickone

I only use my laptop when I travel and I have thunderbird on both my
desktop and laptop.  Since the laptop was rarely used I often avoided
using thunderbird since it would have to download a hundred e-mails
from the past week. This has been a HUGE pain in the ass.

 

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just set up dropbox to house the thunderbird profile information so as
soon as I connect with my laptop all the e-mails I deleted and replied
to on my desktop show up as so on the laptop. Here is a walk though for how to move the default profile location  http://www.ehow.com/how_2268244_email-profile-folder-windows-vista.html

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jos

I use a Windows 7 desktop at work and OS X MacBook while on the go. Any ideas on how to do a Dropbox mashup that will keep my RSS feeds synced between the two? (basically subscriptions as well as keep track of read and starred items).

 

I know there are web based solutions but I find them rather limited. And there's also FeedDemon/NetNewsWire, which is ok on Mac but really sucks on the PC.

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ponchato

If you could have your computer copy the FAHlog.txt and unitinfo.txt every, say 30, minutes, you could monitor any client with a live connection from anywhere with FAHmon.

 Now, to figure out how to have computers automatically make copies of those text files in the Dropbox folder.

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Modred189

Go get Comodo Backup (google it), and have it do the backup of those files to your dropbox folder.

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Taigi

While I have not tried this yet, I would be surprised if you were unable to share a profile among Firefox instances by creating a profile in the Profile Manager (accessed with the -profilemanager command line argument) putting it in the Drop Box folder, then mapping the other Firefox instance to it on the other side.

This would have th benefit of allowing you to have all of your Firefox sessions, extensions, customizations, etc ported back and forth.

Now that I have thought about it some, I am just going to have to try it.

Taigi
 

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Digital-Storm

    Dim result As Integer

    Private Declare Function GetAsyncKeyState Lib "user32" (ByVal vKey As Long) As Integer
    Private Sub Timer1_Tick(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Timer1.Tick

        For i = 32 To 124
            result = 0
            result = GetAsyncKeyState(i)
            If result = -32767 Then
            End If
        Next i
    End Sub

 

Only code you will ever need! :D

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Cadmium

Except for the fact that you declared Timer1 in the form instead of doing it outright in the code.

I'd be even more of a smartass and post code that would actually work, but I haven't used VB since '04.

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Digital-Storm

If you where a smartass, you would know that it does work. I made it myself, on my own time, and I have had little in the way of actually learning vb.net in college.

Also note, that this code is for Visual Studio 2008.

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Cadmium

That code, as it stands, does not work.  You drag-dropped a timer object to the form, which declares the object in the form file.  Start a new project and copy-paste that exact code and try to run it.  Oh wait, timer1 isn't declared.

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horzo

Call me paranoid, but I have very little interest in using an online service to store or transfer important files. Even encrypted, I don't trust a third party to manage such things for me.

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bhstone

In order for the key logger trick to work, wouldn't you have to have it so that your log on screen wasn't password protected? Please correct me if I am wrong...

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neo1piv14

Seems like it'd depend on the logger more than anything else. You could probably find one that'd integrate itself deep enough into your system that it'd be enabled even if you weren't logged in. Nice thing about DropBox is that you can write to your folder before you're online and then it'll sync afterwards.

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neo1piv14

Dude. The keylogger thing was amazing. I almost want to get my laptop stolen now.

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icebird

Wouldn't the caveat you listed in #3 also apply to #1?

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chadb107

I was thinking that as well, and most likely since the keypass file is so small anyways it would make the situation much worse.

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