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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!
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.
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
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: