Synchronised and happy

Yesterday I finally got around to figuring out how to get the most out of using any platform to do my writing on!  Quite simple really, and I’m kind of embarrassed that it took me so long…

I use Dropbox to transfer files between machines.  For example, my desktop PC, iPhone, iPod and netbook can all share files with each other simply by dropping them into a Dropbox folder.  Depending on file size and connection speed, it isn’t long before I can access such files from any of the machines!  Excellent stuff.  The one problem has been that only the desktop PC is really good at uploading several files at a time.  Well, that was the case.  The netbook doesn’t play well with Flash, so uploading multiple files through the Dropbox web site wasn’t an option.  Yesterday, however, I found and installed the Linux version of Dropbox’s app.

Basically, by creating a folder in Dropbox for anything I want to synchronise the files for, and pointing the relevant software, like Jutoh or OpenOffice, at that folder on each machine, I can make sure that I’m only using the latest version of a file/project.  The one rule that I have to remember is that I shouldn’t have the file/project open on more than one machine at a time!

I now feel as if things are just about where I want them to be.  I can stop worrying about whether I’ve remembered to copy files backwards and forwards!  Whatever I do, wherever I do it, the file/project is (virtually) instantly updated everywhere.

If you haven’t thought of using a service like Dropbox, I strongly recommend that you do so!  One thing to remember though.  Dropbox is not designed to be an online backup service!  It provides file sharing and synchronisation.  If you want backups, you need to do that some other way!  Your Dropbox synchronised filesa are stored online, but they are also stored locally on any machine with the desktop app installed (PC, Mac, laptop, netbook, etc.) so if Dropbox ever vanishes, you will still have your files available to you, but proper backing up is very much a desirable habit!

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An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

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