Apr 302012
This well considered response to issues raised by Google critics needs to be considered – Tony.
Stop the Google Drive Terms of Service Bogeyman hunt

Everyone loves to stir the pot and engage in some solid fear-mongering whenever it comes to privacy on the Internet, especially when it comes to Google products and services, but it needs to stop, because all we’re getting are biased voices…

Mar 032011

DropBox is a fantastic service to share and exchange files on line. You can access your files from any browser of set up a client for your desktop computer, there is also an iPhone application (though I have not used this much yet).

DropBox starts with a free 2GB of space (Up from 1GB) and recommending new users gives you additional free credit. Follow this link and we can share the credit. The reality is if you keep media such as videos, and high quality audio and photos elsewhere 2GB goes a long way. It is also easy to share files with others but one word of warning the files you share comes of your quota and the other shares quota at the same time.

I use DropBox for my TiddlyWiki’s and KeyPass files – which I will document at a later date. I no longer carry a USB sick or portable hard drive with me everywhere.

I think one of the best features is the local client which creates a folder on each of the places you install it. DropBox synchronises the files on each computer with the web dropbox however once the automatic sync has occurred you can just treat the files as if in another folder on your PC. – Create a new folder add a file and it gets synchronised if you have an internet connection. this feature give a great perfomance. Just check the sync has occured before you open files or close your computer – but this is very simple and is usualy only if you have made lots of changes.

Although not a total substitute for backups this comes close because each of you computers (Say Work/Home/Partners) has a full copy of DropBox on it since the last synchronisation. So if Drop box disappeared you would have local copies and if you delete something from Drop box (Online there is a view deleted option). Because the files are local you can use your normal tools on the fires including Explored, command prompt, and JDisk Report I will tell you about in the future.

Make sure you send me your email and I will invite you and we both get extra free space.

One tip, careful when you are in a hurry. Give DropBox a little time after turning on or before you turn off your computer to allow the synchronisation process. You wont loose anything because dropbox will handle conflicts, it may just prove inconvenient.

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Jan 062011

Have you considered you only have to use a common password once on a site that attracted you with “Free stuff” and they can login everywhere else they can see you may visit.

I use KeePass (the portable version on my DropBox) – that works well for me,  I like the drag and drop user ID and Password including url if required. Except for common use accounts all my logins use unique passwords looking like this Ch4EDbTsBbcQx62WJ1Qt or nf4@@jxEuA’F`0m;%/`Y when not stored within my browser (a Portable firefox) I just drag and drop the user ID and password from KeePass.

Jul 172010

To quote the official information;

TiddlyWiki is a reusable non-linear personal web notebook.
Some of you will be immediately interested in  “reusable non-linear personal web notebook”‘, but may may miss the meaning in that simple statement.
So lets look a little further.
TiddlyWiki is a single html file which has all the characteristics of a wiki – including all of the content, the functionality (including editing, saving, tagging and searching) and the style sheet. Because it’s a single file, it’s very portable – you can email it, put it on a web server or share it via a USB stick.

But it’s not just a wiki! It has very powerful plugin capabilities, so it can also be used to build new tools. You have full control over how it looks and behaves. For example, TiddlyWiki is already being used as:
  • A personal notebook
  • A GTD (“Getting Things Done”) productivity tool
  • A collaboration tool
  • For building websites (the site is itself a TiddlyWiki file!)
  • For rapid prototyping
  • …and much more!
You can import and export data to and from all sorts of places. Check out some of the Examples of TiddlyWiki in use, and the Features that are available.

What does it mean to me ?, what do I use it for ? and why does it rate a mention here ?
One way is to check it out for your self, see www.tidlywiki.com and get it now for free.  Now give yourself a little time to work it out. It is not that it is difficult, but once you realise its basic structure you discover it’s infinite promise and you could spend the rest of your life a devotee, as I am.
Basically, without programing you can get you self your own interactive website that can basically evolve with you as you customise it to meet your application needs.  Yet this can simply be transported by USB in a single file, or as I do stored on DropBox and access it from any browser. But wait, no steak knives, however it may be a standalone file yet it can be made into a server based site, see tiddlyspot.com for your own free public or Private to interface with the Internet through HTML Java and other common web protocols or languages.
Back that up with a wealth of tools, the premier tools site is is in my opinion www.tiddlytools.com but wait until “you get it” before diving in there. Perhaps also use www.tiddlywiki.org as a good reference.
One of the best things is the community, I regularly see in our group forum new users posting that this is the best and most helpful community forum they have ever used. In the groups own words; New Users: Please don’t hesitate to post your questions. Elsewhere you are expected to wade through the archives before posting any questions. But it’s not like that here – just jump in.
See the TiddlyWiki Google group yourself, and there is a developer one for the hackers.
I will post on TiddlyWiki again, of that you can be assured. But I expect each time it will about how you can do something really useful. Oh, and before I post this there are a range of various implementations like pre-built Get Things Done, Presentation and other specialist ones for maths, genealogy etc…
Jul 122010

ToodleDo is a todo list application with real power.

The customisability is substantial and I suggest giving it some for thought before adding too many tasks. I will post on some of my methods for using it effectively.

Some features are only available with the paid subscription but see connections below. The iPhone application is very good so my todo list goes with me everywhere, however it is available through any browser and has the ability to place it on iGoogle and other helpful places. Your todo lists are retained on the iPhone off line and you can sync only when you want.

I initially got it to synchronise with my own TiddlyWiki (Details in future posts) however I mostly use it in it’s own right.


From the ToodleDo site: Toodledo has the ability to connect to many popular services and devices to allow you to access your tasks from anywhere. You can also import and export your data in a variety of formats. It’s your to-do list, so you should be able to take it with you. You can manage all of your import, export and synchronization services from this page.

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