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How to directly link or embed Dropbox images – via: Canton Becker

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/10/31

When you share a screenshot with Dropbox, then it will copy a URL to the clipboard like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mzm7uf775rnjvnv/Screenshot%202015-01-29%2022.25.15.png?dl=0

That is not the actual screenshot. It is a web page around the screenshot that contains a lot of hoopla so you cannot easily copy the download link of the image.

Getting that download link is easy: make the below replacement:

  • ?dl=0
  • ?raw=1

Example: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mzm7uf775rnjvnv/Screenshot%202015-01-29%2022.25.15.png?raw=01

Or embedded:

–jeroen

via How to directly link or embed Dropbox images – Canton Becker.

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discovering how Dropbox hacks your mac – now blocked by Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/26

Interesting reads:

–jeroen

via  http://applehelpwriter.com/2016/08/29/discovering-how-dropbox-hacks-your-mac/ – Joe C. Hecht – Google+  [WayBack]

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Copy.com replacement – which one to choose?

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/03/23

As copy.com will go down on 20160501 (about 6 weeks from now), I’m searching for alternatives.

These tables weren’t really useful when digging information for my use cases:

Use cases

This is how we use copy.com (where our installed machines have Windows, Mac OS X and Linux on them) now:

  1. Sync and share between our scanner VM, the various machines of my wife and me (using the different accounts for each user) and including off-site/in-cloud storage.
    This holds for about 20 gigabytes of data and grows about 1.5-2 gigabytes per year.
  2. Sync project documents between various business contacts and myself (the documents that aren’t part of versioning systems yet).
    Not much data yet (100s of megabytes as most people tend to use DropBox for this even though Copy.com has the option of setting permissions)
  3. Sync and share my BIN directory tree with tools where my own user has read/write permissions and other users have read-only permissions.
    This holds for about 2 gigabytes of data.
  4. Sync and share my installer directory (ISOs, MSIs, DMGs, etc) between my main Mac and Windows machines and various other ones.
    This holds for about 40 gigabytes of data and grows faster than any of the others.

Dropbox doesn’t cut it for various reasons:

  1. It sucks at long filenames (especially on Windows).
  2. It won’t properly handle various encodings (like between Windows and Mac).
  3. Often it hangs on local-sync (although copy.com also does that, but less often).

What to choose?

On my shortlist to experiment with are Google Drive and Mega.nz, although it’s not clear if Mega.nz handles syncing well (Ken Logon thinks it looses data) and it’s security might not be good (although that’s a statement by Kim Dotcom who has stakes).

Any others? Or should I choose a mix of tooling?

Tencent/Weiyun might be useful for ISO images of installers (like the ISOs MSDN doesn’t have any more): Download Tencent/Weiyun 10TB cloud storage english language files

–jeroen

PS: later (20160402) via KPN stopt 1 augustus met cloudopslagdienst Up – IT Pro – Nieuws – Tweakers

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It was fun while it lasted: Barracuda Copy – Copy End-of-Life

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/02/05

Copy had some advantages and disadvantages. For instance, it was better handling long file names, character encodings in filenames and a lot easier to configure over a CNTLM proxy than DropBox, but unlike DropBox didn’t keep history of changes.

Alas no more copy.com as of 20160501: Barracuda Copy – Copy End-of-Life.

They suggest using Mover with OneDrive as target: Barracuda Copy – Moving Your Data from Copy

Note that Mover has many more connectors, including cloud storage ones (Box, Copy, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Yandex.Disk are free):

Connectors • Mover: FTP, Dropbox, Box, GoogleDrive, Copy, Egnyte, Amazon S3, SharePoint, MySQL the list goes on!

For me it means it’s time to think about what kinds of cloud storage I want to use and how to share what data with others at which access level. As I’m already contemplating on how to use ZFS, I now have two storage concepts to think about.

–jeroen

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Dropbox adds u2f support … if you connect to it via Chrome. Using FIDO U2F. Easy with Plug-Up foldable key.

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/21

I like this: the plug-up affordable FIDO U2F Security Key by  HAPPLINK.

You could already use it for Google 2nd factor authentication (2FA) through Chrome. You can do this from your own applications for instance through the U2F reference implementation.

Now you can also as 2FA to DropBox, also through Chrome. And it is easy with the plug-up key (Thanks Kristian):

Uuuund… umgestellt. Das war ja einfach.

http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00OGPO3ZS

Es gibt andere Fido Token, die können mehr. Ich nehme dieses, das kostet fast nix und man kann die kaufen und verteilen wie Konfetti.

Or inside the Europe mainland, for instance in:

–jeroen

via: Dropbox adds u2f support … if you connect to it via Chrome. If I’m not….

Posted in Chrome, DropBox, Google, GoogleAuthenticator, LifeHacker, Power User, Security, SocialMedia, U2F FIDO Security Keys | Leave a Comment »

 
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