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hombrew: brew install gxargs

The xargs utility on Mac is not the same as the one on linux. In particular, searching for files with the mdfind utility will not properly escape files to be processed. Using homebrew you can install the GNU version of xargs as gxargs, and you can use the syntax you’re accustomed to from GNU/Linux. For me this is equivalent to something like: mdfind -name “conflicted copy” | gxargs -d ‘\n’ -P 4 echo To remove the files you can then replace echo with rm – but be careful!

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What is box.com?

I just saw an ad for box.com and visited their site and watched their video. They appear to be most similar to dropbox with some resemblance to sendbigfile / kicksend and also some functionality of Google Docs. From their homepage (without watching the video) I had a hard time understanding what they did. They have a cloud based service and a fairly simple API that you can use to connect with it. It seems interesting but I’m not sure it will gain enough support to be around in the long run. Hopefully they will – competition is good.

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Announcing Dropbox Links – The best way to share your stuff, ever.

Dropbox just sent me an e-mail announcing they now have “Dropbox Links” – a “new feature” Dropbox has, for a long time, offered special links to big files, first in your public folder, then anywhere in your dropbox. The public file links allows you to share a link that will never expire. The other links (to non-public folders) will expire after a set period of time – and you can expire them early. From one point of view, this “news” is nothing new. There are a lot of companies now that are getting used to send files via email, like KickSend and SendBigFile – and it appears Dropbox wants a piece of the pie – that and also they are probably disappointed that not enough of their users know about this feature. Dropbox Links let you share files or folders (of any size) with anyone, even if they’re not using Dropbox Sharing files is a huge pain – you have to compress, attach, upload, and a bunch of other verbs that are a waste of your time. Forget that! We just invented the best way to get stuff from your computer to the rest of the world. Happy Dropboxing! – The Dropbox Team

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Dropbox Free Storage for Students

Recently Dropbox has added a new bonus for Students: Double your space by verifying your .edu e-mail address The promotion is called: Join the Great Space Race And Dropbox boasts: Earn free space for your school for two years Dropbox will give you 3GB for free for verifying your school e-mail address, and then as your school collects points for people verifying their .edu email addresses, it’s possible to get up to an extra 25GB of space form the educational “space race” From Dropbox: Earn free Dropbox space for everyone at your school! Join Space Race to get an extra 3 GB for two years, plus the space your school earns! They have a few terms that go along with it, stating: Term. Individuals may participate in the Dropbox Space Race Program (“Program”) from October 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) to December 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. PT (the “Sign-Up Period”). Participants are required to determine the appropriate beginning and ending times in the Sign-Up Period for their respective jurisdictions. The Sponsor’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Program. Here is a graph showing the progress chart for Universities:

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Diff previous versions with Dropbox and Google Chrome

While Dropbox does an excellent job of keeping track of versions of files, it doesn’t make it easy to compare the different versions – until now. DropboxDiff, a Google Chrome extension by Victor Shih, does an amazing job of allowing you to compare versions of files stored on dropbox, with the diff program of your choice. The screenshots on the extension page were a little small, so I decided to post a few of my own below. Get the free extension here.  

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Dropbox Command Line Interface (CLI)

Dropbox has some great functionality for their Unix client: Dropbox command-line interface commands: Note: use dropbox help to view usage for a specific command. status get current status of the dropboxd help provide help puburl get public url of a file in your dropbox stop stop dropboxd running return whether dropbox is running start start dropboxd filestatus get current sync status of one or more files ls list directory contents with current sync status autostart automatically start dropbox at login exclude ignores/excludes a directory from syncing Unfortunately this functionality is not extended to Mac OS X (Dropbox.app) or Windows (dropbox.exe). To show your support for this feature request, please vote it up here: https://www.dropbox.com/votebox/2713/command-line-interface or visit this thread and make your argument and/or show your support: http://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=29158

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Dropbox: Download Latest Version

To download the latest Beta, Stable, or Testing release of the Dropbox Client. You can download any version to suit your needs. This includes version 0.6 to version 1.1+ Dropbox Latest Release If you simply wish to download the latest stable release for your OS, use this link.

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Dropbox 1.0 Released!

In short, here are the reasons you should upgrade to the new version of Dropbox: Thousands of bug fixes Huge performance enhancements, including faster syncing and 50% less memory used Better user experience, and a rewritten client based on Cocoa Selective Sync for everyone – not just the beta versions! Extended Attribute Sync – including forked file data! Also check out my article which allows you to always find the latest versions of Dropbox (both RC and Beta)

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How to Find the Latest version of Dropbox

you can find the latest version of dropbox on the release notes page. this is always helpful because sometimes you need to install a version that is experimental to get cool features, such as selective sync.

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Dropbox Introduces Selective Sync

Everyone has been waiting for drop box to introduce selective sync. Selective Sync allows you to choose which folders to sync locally and which to leave on the server. They finally have in their latest BETA version! Learn how to get this version and how to use selective sync over at Groovy Post’s blog.

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