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Dropbox has reached version 1.0, which does not sound impressive, but is. Dropbox is a free or paid for file syncing service that totally kicks but. Try it out. The new version fixes various problems and significantly improves performance, but most importantly allows selective syncing, so you can have a subset of your files synced on a specific computer. (It was already true that you had a selective, as in file by file, syncing on mobile devices.) Seriously, of all the technologies out there, Dropbox is at the top of my list of software that made my life easier. Everything is always accessible on all computers (selectively, if I want, as of now) and backed up on the cloud. Whatever that is.

Opera has reached version 11 and apparently includes all sorts of bells and whistles including tab stacking. I’m not sure what that is, but I want it. I don’t use Opera, but Opera fans are almost as loyal as Oprah fans, so there must be some merit to it. Some details here.

As you know, Homeland security is dropping the color-coded Threat Assessment Alert thingie. This is a terrible disappointment, as it was the only way we could always feel part of the paranoia on a grand scale. Never mind that it was stuck on one color since it started. Well, a DIY geek has adapted the Biegert&Funk Qlocktwo design (which itself is interesting) to make a DHS tribute threat level indicator. Fire up your soldering irons!

This is not exactly, or at least overtly, technology, but you might like it. Cablegate is now a game, and you can play!


  1. #1 Emily
    December 20, 2010

    Dropbox roolz

  2. #2 george.w
    December 27, 2010

    OK that Threat Level Indicator is just awesome. Put it on ThinkGeek and I’m there.

    I watched the video and Dropbox looks pretty cool – very similar to UbuntuOne cloud, which I already use. Is there a specific reason to switch?

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    December 27, 2010

    George: I have not tried One … Well, I did “try” it but it never worked correctly on my Unbuntu system. So, i suppose that could be one reason. Anyway, Ubuntu One SHOULD be open source and universally usable, so I can put an access point on my iPod Touch and on some Windows computer if I had one, and on a linux computer that does not run Ubuntu. But last I check none of those things were true.

    Drop box may or may not be OpenSourse (It could be, I think maybe the Linux version of it is) but it will run on pretty much any computer. That is why it is better. I’ve not compared price or performance.

  4. #4 george.w
    December 27, 2010

    OK, that makes sense. The UbuntuOne is working fine on my Ubuntu machines which is all I need it for right now. But if I need more cross-platform goodness then DropBox would be the first thing to try. Thanks!

  5. #5 ELSIEButler31
    March 23, 2012

    Set your own life time more easy take the business loans and all you want.