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How to publish your MobileMe iWeb site on Dropbox

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A little piece by yours truly on how to move your iWeb created MobileMe Website to Dropbox.

How to publish your MobileMe iWeb site on Dropbox

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 4th, 2012 at 8:39 am

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62 Things You Can Do With Dropbox

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Great little article on one of my favorite applications. Macworld’s 62 things you can do with Dropbox is an absolute must read.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

August 17th, 2011 at 9:59 am

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Daring Fireball: Cutting That Cord

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Astute observations by John Gruber on the state of the cord-free iOS device, the post PC era and what’s to come.

While the whole thing is good, there are two standout quotes:

I like MobileMe a lot, and it’s been very reliable for me for a few years now. But, at $99/year, it’s not something most iOS users have, and thus, most iOS users don’t get over-the-air syncing of calendars, contacts, and bookmarks. That’s not competitive today.

I love MobileMe for the reasons, AND ONLY for the reasons that Gruber states here. There’s simply no better way for me to sync my bookmarks, contacts, calendars, keychains… It works great, I never have to think about it and I couldn’t be happier. This is the only reason I pay for MobileMe. I use iDisk only very rarely, never use the web hosting services and only use MobileMe email services because they exist as part of my account, not because I need them.

…those third-party iOS developers that are depending upon Dropbox — there’s a veritable cottage industry of Dropbox text editors alone — have a far better syncing experience than Apple’s own creative apps. The iPad versions of the iWork suite and GarageBand are exquisite apps — easily some of the best-designed user experiences for creative software ever made. But the process of getting, say, a slide deck created in Keynote on your iPad open in Keynote on your iMac is downright antediluvian.

Antediluvian is a nice word, and anybody that reads Gruber’s Twitter feed knows that he’s not a man accustomed to using nice words. I’ll say here and now that Pages, which is a stunningly beautiful iOS app and a wonderful word processing program, has barely been used on my iPad by virtue of the simple fact that there is NO document syncing. There is only COPYING to and from WebDAV servers and iTunes. For anyone doing anything real, this renders the app absolutely useless.  Apple should be embarrassed.

This is what I said in my Macworld review back when the app was first released:

Unfortunately, Pages has some gaping holes that suck the life out of what would otherwise be a stellar app. The largest of these holes is file sharing, which is handled so poorly that it makes or breaks the possibility of using Pages for iPad as a business tool. While there are several options for getting your documents into and out of Pages, none are easy or recognizes that simple file sharing between your Mac and iPad are essential.

This problem remains, but it never should have existed in the first place.

Gruber’s article here: Daring Fireball: Cutting That Cord. His eloquence on the matter exceeds all.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

April 17th, 2011 at 10:49 am

Also… There’s a New Version of Dropbox

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Dropbox, my one and only file syncing love, has been updated for the iPad. So far it looks delicious!

Written by Jeffery Battersby

May 4th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

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Get More Dropbox

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DropBox, the best dang file syncing service on the net, just upped the amount of space you can earn on their free accounts. Now you can earn up to 10 GBs.

I highly suggest you get some. (<– Yeah! click that link!)

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March 30th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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Andy Ihnatko Has it 100% Correct

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Apple? Google? Who cares? You need to know Dropbox | via CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

Andy nails perfectly the beauty of Dropbox.

It’s a simple idea with far-reaching consequences. I can make some changes to this column here on my desktop, grab my netbook from the living-room sofa where I left it, and flee the house. If I want to keep working on it some more on the train into town, I won’t need WiFi: by the time I got up from my office chair, the file had already been updated to the netbook’s hard drive. That’s often the failure point of cloud storage, or worse, services that encourage you to use webapps for productivity. No access to the Internet means no access to your files. Not so with Dropbox.

Dropbox is hands down the best cloud computing tool I’ve ever used.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 5th, 2010 at 11:56 am

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Dropbox For iPhone Ships

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The Dropbox iPhone app has been posted to the app store.

I just downloaded it, can’t wait to see how it works.

Dropbox for iPhone

Dropbox for iPhone @ App Store

Written by Jeffery Battersby

September 29th, 2009 at 4:39 pm