Dropbox’s Experimental Build Allows Pausing File Uploads And Define Custom Upload Download Speeds

Dropbox does not have a functionality to pause the file sync activity, you start the Dropbox desktop client and the application starts indexing everything stored in your computer’s “My Dropbox” folder.

The app then maps all the files with your Dropbox account and then starts the sync procedure as usual.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could pause the file sync activity of Dropbox for a while? May be you are currently working on a document stored in your “My Dropbox” folder and Dropbox won’t upload the latest version of the document, since it’s in use by the Word processor program.

Thankfully, the developers have released a newer experimental release of Dropbox (0.8.112) which allows you to pause Dropbox sync activity, with the touch of a button.

There is no need to close the Dropbox client from Windows system tray, simply right click the Dropbox icon and choose “Pause Syncing” or “Resume Syncing”.

Another feature worth noting is that now you can define an upload as well as download rate from Dropbox > Preferences, quite similar to Torrent clients like utorrent.


This is useful when you want to define a custom upload or download rate for file uploads or downloads from your Dropbox account. Might be useful, if your internet connection is pathetically slow and fluctuates every other minute. If the file sync activity is slowing down web surfing, video chatting and other online activities – you can pause the uploads for some time.

I tested the experimental build on my Windows7 PC and there were no problems as such. Give it a try !

Download The Experimental Build

You can download the Dropbox experimental build (0.8.112) from the following links:

Windows: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%200.8.112.exe
Mac OS X: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%200.8.112.dmg
Linux x86_64: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86_64-0.8.112.tar.gz
Linux x86: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86-0.8.112.tar.gz

If clicking the links does not work, copy paste the links in your browser address bar and hit enter.

Source: Snaphow via Dropbox Forums

Box.net Bumps Free Storage to 5GB, Business to 500GB and Unlimited for Enterprise

Online File Storage and collaboration service Box.net has bumped their free storage space to 5GB from 1GB and business storage to 500GB from 15GB. This makes them one of the largest space provider right now.

Also Read: How To Mount Box.net Storage in Windows Explorer

Box.net, one of the online file storage services has increased their free storage space from 1GB to 5GB which will now allow users to store a large amount of files online. They have also announced that they will be increasing their business storage from 15GB to 500GB whilst allowing enterprise users to store unlimited files in the cloud.

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Business and enterprise users who have been using services such as SharePoint, and Sales Force get an added advantage here. However, for personal users, services like Dropbox which offer 2GB space and additional space for recommendations along with Windows Live SkyDrive which offers 25GB storage space along with Windows Live Mesh which providers users with 5GB sync space are more lucrative offers.

Box.net has built several data-centers to protect data along with also using Amazon’s S3 service promise better security for the files and documents stored with their service. I believe that this additional storage is definitely something which will cheer up users, both personal and business.

If you use Box.net, you might want to read up on how to use it as a local storage space in Windows. You can also access Windows Live SkyDrive from Windows Explorer.

(Source: CNET)

Dropbox For Blackberry Updated To Version 1.0.34

The Dropbox team recently released a new version of their BlackBerry application. Dropbox for BlackBerry, which was launched a few months back has been updated and a new version is available for download.

The new version is numbered 1.0.34 and it comes with some fixes and improvements. You can download the  latest version of Dropbox for Blackberry from  the Dropbox Blackberry Forum.  Check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • saving non-ascii texts results in garbled text
  • handling of edge cases when running out of space on sd card and in device memory
  • open-edit-upload usecase wasn’t working for devices with encryption enabled
  • share link freezes for some users
  • open-edit-upload usecase fails for files with non-ascii filenames
  • “would you like to allow logging” dialog shouldn’t appear on first launch
  • on rotatable devices, in image gallery, the displayed/cached image is smaller than screen size (shouldn’t happen)
  • app should ask for permissions in advance on first launch
  • app should support multiple third-party app associations for a given file type (e.g multiple pdf viewers)
  • music/video stops when screen fades out
  • user gets a “not enough room to write file” message when trying to open a file that’s already open in docs2go

Dropbox for Blackberry app is available for all BlackBerry smartphones running under the BlackBerry OS 4.5 or higher. If you’d like to leave feedback for version 1.0.34, headover to this Dropbox forums thread.

Get 250MB Dropbox Storage Space Free For Getting Started

Dropbox is one of my favorite ways to synchronize and backup files, however, the limit on basic account is only 2GB which is pretty less considering that you can easily fill it up with few vacation pictures and videos. You could use the multiple Dropbox account trick to backup more files though.

Also see: Other Online Free Storage Websites and Tools

Dropbox Increase Storage Space by 250MB

Dropbox also provides users with an option to invite friends and get 250MB extra storage for every friend of yours who signs up. But did you know that you can also get 250MB of storage space for free by just clicking on the "Get Started" link in your Dropbox account?

If not, go ahead and login to Dropbox and click on the Get Started link to increase your Dropbox storage space by 250 MB, if you don’t have a Dropbox account yet, you can always use my sign up link to add to my quota Smile. Sign up for Free 2GB Dropbox Storage Account.

(h/t Life Hacker)

Dropbox Gains The Ability To Sync Only Selected Folders

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[Windows, Mac & Linux ] Dropbox is one of my favorite utilities – I’ve been using Dropbox since its private beta days. Dropbox offers probably the easiest and simplest way of ensuring that all your files are in sync. A tiny niggle that Dropbox had so far, was that the entire sync folder was self contained. So if you had a particular set of files/documents that you needed to sync, you had to save them in folder created under Dropbox sync folder. There have been workarounds – creating symbolic links in Linux, or Junctions in Windows ( only for NTFS filesystems however) but these have been clumsy.

Yesterday, Dropboxer Michael posted a new forum thread announcing an experimental build which is capable of… well, you guessed it, selective sync. So let’s see how this works.

Once you’ve installed the build, right click on Properties, select the Advanced tab, and you’ll see that the Selective sync option is visible. However, you won’t be able to use it right away, you’ll have to wait a bit till the initial sync is complete.

Once the initial sync is done, you’ll be given an option to to select the folders that you want to sync to. Check/uncheck the required folders and you’re done!

  • While I’ll admit this is not exactly what I really wanted ( I want Dropbox to be able to sync any folder on any drive – this feature will come soon in the 0.9 release, once this experiment is successful) – for the time limited selective sync should work fine.

FOSS Friday: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 Available, Oracle Says OpenSolaris Will Live And Lots More

Welcome to another edition of FOSS Friday, where we wrap up the week’s news and tips on FOSS.

News

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 1 now available

After a delay of a day due to certain critical issues, Canonical has announced the availability of first beta Ubuntu 10.04. Apart from being a Long Term Support (LTS) release the 10.04 version gets a visual facelift, dropping its traditional brown colour scheme for a much lighter colour scheme.

  • OpenSolaris will live

OpenSolaris users have been apprehensive about the long term availability of the OS, especially considering the fact that Oracle now owns Solaris due to its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Adding to the uncertainty, there was barely any mention about OpenSolaris when Oracle executives discussed their plans for Solaris in the near future. To dispell these fears, Dan Roberts, director of Solaris product management at Oracle stated “Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source, and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the community”.

  • Linus Torvalds named most influential open source blogger

A study conducted by Infoworld concludes that Linus Torvalds is the most influential open source blogger, and that his opinions are considered as highly regarded in the Open Source world. Joining him in the list are other promineent open source voices, including Tim O’Reilly, Google’s Chris Messina, and Mono founder Miguel de Icaza.

Tips And Features

  • Ubuntu 10.04’s five best new features

Popular Linux blogger and evangelist SJVN talks about the new Ubuntu 10.04’s best new features – which include a manual(!), extensive integration with popular social networking sites and the fantastic new theme.

  • Some FOSS Financial and Accounting software

Tech Source has a compilation of some awesome FOSS financial and accounting software including Grisbi, jGnash and KMyMoney. If you ask me however, GnuCash is my preferred utility.

  • Two note taking applications compared

LinuxInsider compares two note taking applications, XPad and Tomboy. If you use Tomboy across several machines, Clif Sipe has a neat tip to keep all your notes the same across several machines using Dropbox.

That’s it for this edition of FOSS Friday. Do post a comment if you would like to add a tip or two or have any suggestions!

How to Sync Your Game Saves Between Computers for Free

So you like playing games at home, on the move and even at office? Tired of having to lug around conflicting save files of the same game? Harried about Steam Cloud things that won’t work for your non-Steam games? Fear not for Tor, a user of our favorite classic games website (GOG.com), has come up with a brilliantly simple way to sync game saves between computers using Dropbox and Link Shell Extension. Not only is this how-to remarkably simple, it has been explained by Tor in details so no one will have any problems understanding.

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There are a few drawbacks of this method, however. The method will only work if the game saves data in its separate folder as Dropbox will be set up to sync the entire folder. If the game saves within other folders, Dropbox will sync the entire folder, consuming bandwidth and time. Secondly, this method will only work for folders under an NTFS hard drive. If your save folder is in a FAT32 system, this will not work.

Do check out this great way to keep in sync with your mobile gaming experience. Also, this method will also work in Linux for your DOSbox and ScummVM games! Yay for being open-source friendly! Here is the link again.

Dropbox Crosses 4 Million Users

Looks like everyone is crossing milestones in 2010. Another one of our favorite apps Dropbox has now crossed more than 4 million users worldwide. For those who are not sure about Dropbox, it is one of the simplest way to backup, sync and share your files online.

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According to the Dropbox blog, almost 33% of Dropbox users are from US followed by around 7% from UK and 6.5% from Germany. In operating system, Windows OS is used by bulk of users with 66% share, followed by 21% Mac and 2% Linux users.

Dropbox is definitely a good way to sync, backup and share files, we have told you about several tutorials for using Dropbox in the past, if you are one of the 4 million users or are planning to become one, here are some useful resources you could use.

Google Chrome Extension To View DropBox Folders and Download Files

Dropbox – as you may know, lets you upload and store files in your Dropbox account from any computer. You can use Dropbox to sync folders on different computers, share files with your friends and so much more.

The Google Chrome extension for Dropbox lets you quickly access the folders and files of your Dropbox account from the browser. You do not need to open your Dropbox account in the browser every other minute.

Install Dropbox extension for Google Chrome

Once the extension is installed, you will see a dropbox icon added next to the address bar as shown below:

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Clicking the icon opens a new panel where you can see the entire list of files and folders of your Dropbox account. The “Recent Events’ tab shows which files were recently uploaded or modified.

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The folders are arranged exactly in the same way as it appears in your Dropbox account and you can click a file to download it in your computer. The extension does not support downloading files by drag and drop and you have to use the desktop tool to upload files any way. (Tip: How to send email attachements to Dropbox automatically)

Techie Buzz Verdict

The extension provides easy access to your Dropbox account but it has no options to configure (don’t click the optons button, it doesn’t works). If you love Google Chrome and upload a lot at Dropbox, this extension is worth a try.

Techie Buzz rating: 2/5. (Average)

How to Send Email Attachments to DropBox Automatically

If you use Dropbox to upload files on the fly and receive a lot of email attachments everyday, check out Maildrop. This application can check a particular label in your email account and download attachments from all the email messages stored in that label. Next, all these attachments are saved in the local Dropbox folder and synched with your online Dropbox account.

How it Works

How to get this working?, I hear you say. Follow the steps mentioned below:

1. First open your Gmail inbox. Go to “settings” and enable IMAP for all mail.

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2. Create a new label and name it as “attached” (or anything of your choice). You will use this label to send email attachments to Dropbox automatically.

3. You can also set up a Gmail filter to move any email containing an attachment to the “attached” label automatically. Go to settings, select the “Filter” tab and click “Create a new Filter”

4. Select the checkbox “Has attachment” and click “Next step”.

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5. Select “Apply the label” and hit “Create Filter”.

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6. Now, Gmail will automatically send any email containing an attachment to the label named “Attached”. The email set up is over.

7. Start MailDrop and go to the program settings. Fill in your email credentials and the label you created in step 2. In this case the label name is “Attached”.

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8. You are done with the set up. Now send a test email containing an attachment and check your Dropbox account after some time for the attachment.

The application checks the specified label after a predefined interval set by you. If it finds a new email, the attachment is first saved in the local Dropbox folder. Next, the attachment is synched with your online Dropbox account. Thanks DownloadSquad.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The software is simple, useful and anybody using Dropbox must use it to automatically scan email for attachments and send them to Dropbox. But as we know, Gmail has a limitation on attachment size and thus you can not upload large attachments to Dropbox using MailDrop.

Techie Buzz rating: 5/5 (Excellent).

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