Category: Tools & Services

Teamdrive Server, erste Experimente

Wer mich kennt weiss: Ich suche immer noch nach einem Weg gegen die Krankheit, Daten auf mehreren Rechnern synchron zu halten. Nachdem Syncplicity jetzt anscheinend ohne Vorwarnung (!) einfach nur noch bestimmte Dateitypen abgleicht, und mir nie ganz wohl damit war dass meine Daten bei denen (bzw. Amazon) liegen, habe ich heute mal mit dem neuen TeamDrive Server gespielt. Noch kann ich nicht viel sagen, aber der erste Eindruck ist schonmal sehr gut. Kurzzusammenfassung: Man kann auf einem eigenen Server – alternativ auch bei TeamDrive – verschlĂĽsselte so genannte “Spaces” anlegen, und diese mit anderen Nutzern teilen (oder auch nicht)....

New TeamDrive Beta Supports WebDAV over HTTPS

I’m still hunting for a good “all-inclusive” solution for backup, online storage and versioning. Lately, more and more services pop up (there’s an incomplete list buried in my wiki), but [url=http://www.teamdrive.net/]TeamDrive[/url] stands out because you can use it with any WebDAV storage. I like [url=http://www.syncplicity.com/]Syncplicity[/url] for its ease of use (“zero configuration”), but I just don’t feel well knowing that my files are out there, unencrypted, on some strangers’ server. Now that they’ve added HTTPS and Vista x64 support, I really need to try it. 🙂 Also, it is the only tool in this area that doesn’t require administrative privileges...

Swype Gesture Keyboard Input for Mobile Devices

There are so many inventions these days, it’s easy to miss one. I’ve seen Swype logos, but didn’t bother to look closer at this gesture based keyboard input software. Watch this demo, it’s impressive!

The perfect Backup and Synchronization Tool

Envision the “perfect backup and synchronization tool”. [list] [*] synchronize and/or backup selected file sets [*] unlimited revisions (version history) [*] support central servers and/or decentralized client exchange (“peer to peer”) [*] support to backup to external drives, including the full file history [*] work offline and still have a version history [*] local revision history is automatically distributed to all participating clients [*] transparent [list] [*] automatically monitors/tracks changes and immediately sync in the background [*] (alternatively, eg. for files that are constantly changing (email database), do scheduled or manual syncs) [*] if network/other clients are available, sync with...

Evaluating Dropbox and Syncplicity: A First Comparison

I’ve been looking all my life for an acceptable backup and synchronisation tool. Even with enough technical experise and an own server, I just cannot find the right software. Recently, some new services popped up that transparently sync and backup your files on the net: [url=http://www.getdropbox.com/]Dropbox[/url], [url=http://www.syncplicity.com/]Syncplicity[/url], [url=http://www.sugarsync.com/]SugarSync[/url] and [url=https://www.mesh.com/]Microsoft Live Mesh[/url]. Judging from the outside, all four look surpisingly similar. Yet, there are some differences that I’d like to discuss here. I haven’t looked at all of them, so I will restrict my comparison to Dropbox and Syncplicity: Live Mesh accounts are not available publicly and it’s Windows-only, SugarSync...

Tools I Can’t Live Without: CopyHandler

The first article in my series about tools I just [i]have[/i] to install right after Windows installation and use daily in my life is about a mostly unknown open source software called [url=http://www.copyhandler.com/]CopyHandler[/url]. Ever since I moved to Windows from DOS and got used to “multi tasking”, the standard Windows copy routine annoyed me. I guess we’ve all grown accustomed to its defects, because I don’t [i]ever[/i] hear people complaining about it. Think again. Can you tell me why I have to live without a simple mechanism to pause/resume whenever I want (surviving shutdown and network loss), why it took...