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All posts tagged "file sharing"


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Do It Yourself Dropbox-Like Capability For Sharing Files

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.itworld.com/storage/1865...ox-alternatives

"Dropbox, when it's working and you feel good about it, is that kind of advanced technology that's indistinguishable from magic. You drop a file into a folder, and it's available on the web, on your other machines, and on your phone, often with multiple version backups. But the curtain has been drawn back on Dropbox's conjury lately, with Terms of Service (TOS) changes, a brief but scary any-password-opens-any-account moment, and then another TOS change that left many confused."

Our regular readers will know that we have posted about Dropbox and similar services before. In some circumstances you may be interested in "going it alone" and mimicking Dropbox features with other tools and service offerings. The ITWorld website has a posting which suggests a couple of ways you could accomplish this using Windows Live SkyDrive and Goodsync. The approaches are not too difficult to follow, and could be just what you need.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Guide To Setting Up A Remotely Accessible Home Media Server

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 08:30 PM

http://ca.lifehacker.com/5797582/ho...ss-media-server

"If you're out of the house a lot but still want access to files on your home computer, one of the best ways to solve that problem involves setting up your computer as a remotely accessible home media server. Here's a look at how to not only access your files (and control your computer) remotely, but also share files with others, stream music and video, access your photo library, and a whole lot more."

It seems to me that the interest in remote access to a home computer originated with the need for owners to provide direct access to their PC to support personnel troubleshooting problems. Wow, have things come a long way since then. There are a plethora of capabilities provided by a variety of software applications focused on remote access needs (e.g. take over your PC remotely, access files remotely, initiate and run an application on your PC remotely, stream media, and more). Lifehacker has provided us with a nicely structured guide for how to set up a remotely accessible home media server on a Windows, Mac, or Linux home PC.

Read more...


Monday, April 11, 2011

Bandwidth Caps Force In-House Bandwidth Cops?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20...rnet-usage.shtm

"I have three teenage daughters who also download music, TV shows and so on. I figured someone had just gone a little overboard, and since it was close to the end of the month, I thought it wasn't anything to be worried about. The next day, however, I went online and checked my usage (Rogers has an online tool that shows daily usage), and it said that I had used 121 GB more than my allotted amount for the month. In other words, I had used more than 100 GB in less than two days."

The basic premise of this story is that, as bandwidth caps become more common, home owners with multiple Internet users will have to become "bandwidth cops" to ensure that the shared resource (GB transferred per month) doesn't get used up too quickly. It's not a role that most people will be comfortable in; technical limits of most home users will be the primary barrier. Expecting users to be able to log data transfers on a per-computer basis is simply beyond the skills of an average user. I will point out, however, that this guy's problem ended up being the old "my kid was using a file sharing service to grab TV shows and I didn't realize it". Not educating your kids on the legal/moral ramifications of content theft is up to you, the parent. No ISP is going to do that for you!


Friday, December 17, 2010

Dropbox Hits the Big 1 Dot 0

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:00 PM

http://blog.dropbox.com/?p=581

"We're super excited to announce the new hotness that we've been cooking up for the past few months: Dropbox 1.0! In addition to hundreds (yep, hundreds) of bug fixes, vastly reduced resource usage (think of it as the Prius model of Dropbox), Dropbox 1.0 ("Rainbow Shell") also offers support for extended attributes, selective sync, and a shiny new installation wizard. Those are just the CliffsNotes though - here's the true story behind Dropbox 1.0..."

If you need to keep files in sync, Dropbox is a great tool to do it - they've reached the big 1.0 milestone, and added a few new features. The most important of which is likely selective sync; if you're synching 30 GB worth of files between your PCs and you have a netbook with 32 GB of storage, you might want to trim that down a bit - now you can.

Don't have a Dropbox account yet? Sign up for free using this link and you'll get a bonus 250 MB of storage (and so will I).


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Best Ways to Share Files With a Nearby Computer

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 01:30 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5658090/whats...nearby-computer

"[W]hen you're trying to share files with someone in the same physical space as you, it hardly seems necessary to go through the slow process of uploading files to and downloading files from the internet, especially if they're rather large files. There's always the tried-and-true method of dumping your file(s) on a USB thumb drive, but if you don't have one handy (or you don't have a big enough drive), you've still got options...."

The article touches upon setting up file sharing under MAC and Windows 7, and then discusses transferring via Wifi (including using an Ad Hoc wireless connection), FireWire, and Ethernet (for which you may or may not need either a cross-over cable or adapter. The latter is pictured above, lower center). Of course, there are other alternatives available, including a USB Transfer Cable (upper left above), or via a "LapLink" transfer cable (upper center), although you might have trouble finding serial or parallel ports on many modern computers. Was amused at the thought that the "tried-and-true method" of local file transfers has become via a USB drive, whereas the "sneakernet" that many of us remember involved floppies (and 5 1/4" floppies, at that!). USB has the advantage of being nearly ubiquitous: does that make it the best choice? What is your favorite method of transferring files from one system to another (especially if away from your home or business network)?


Friday, March 26, 2010

maVen Does Not Pass Go For Movie Recording

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://torrentfreak.com/canadian-mo...to-jail-100317/

"An FBI investigation into ‘maVen’ had been running for some time and was handed to the Canadian Police in April 2006. A few months later Geremi Adam was arrested after he allegedly recorded the movies “How to Eat Fried Worms” and “Invincible” at a Montreal movie theater."

I am taking a deep breath here. What maVen did was illegal. There, I said it. Now I am sure there will be some people up in arms saying that the Geremi Adam, and the rest of maVen, were heros. I will not debate that. Understand that what maVen did was not just file sharing, but actually going into theaters and recording copies of movies and then selling them online or in person. The issue about copying movies, theft vs. infringement, movie companies charge too much, etc, is not relevant. Current law says that what he did, and I do not think anyone involved disputes that, is illegal. Should it be illegal? Is it ethical what he did? That all depends on where you stand and your moral backing, and well, we all rationalize whatever we do; it is a personal choice. But if you dive into the world of movie sharing, be aware that there are dangers big and small, likely and unlikely and not just from people trying to get you to download "special codecs" or mislabeled movies.


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