The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide Sponsor

My Thanks to the folks that made The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide for sponsoring Macdrifter this week. It’s available in a universal format for only $17. It’s also a great resource, no matter how sophisticated your use cases are. Want to host a Web site with Dropbox? That’s in the guide. Want to clean Dropbox with Hazel? Yup, in there. Just having trouble syncing TextExpander snippets? That’s in there too.

Dropbox Hacking Past Two-Factor Authentication Link

From SecurityAffairs.co: For example to attack the DropBox account zuz.85@hotmail.com the hacker could register a fake account zuz……85@hotmail.com In the second step of hacking process the attacker has to enable two-factor authentication for the fake account he created to obtain the emergency code generated at the end of the process. The code allows DropBox users to disable two factor authentication from his account in case of loss or theft.

Dropbox and Security, Again

Yes, the Dropbox security story is still lingering. Patrick Rhone posted an updated article about the FTC complaint recently filed against them for deceptive language in their privacy terms. Read it for yourself, but Patrick argues that all data is at risk so be cautious and accept it. I don’t like the tone of the piece[1] but his advice is sound. Whenever I store sensitive data on Dropbox, I encrypt it myself before it is uploaded.

1Password on MAS Dropbox Sync Issue

I was excited to finally migrate my 1Password install to the Mac AppStore. I've been slowly repurchasing through the MAS so that I can quit maintaining an inventory of all of my application licenses. Unfortunatley, there is a significant bug with the MAS version. I keep my Dropbox folder on a secondary internal drive so as to save space on my SSD. The new 1Password assumes that Dropbox is always installed in the user folder.

More iPad Note Apps We Might Have a Winner

There’s been a couple of new note apps 1 since my real-world review. Most of them still can not compete with Simplenote and Omnioutlner. However, I have found three very good alternatives. Notely, WriteRoom and Notability. All three of these apps started out simple enough but they have evolved and matured into top of class text editors. Notely; $1.99 Notely started out as a relatively barebones text editors. It had some rudimentary Dropbox syncing that required a manual sync.

Dave Winer039s Response to Dropbox

Dave Winer: "I've deleted my Dropbox account." THAT is exactly what I was afraid of. Dave has done some very cool things with Dropbox. If you think that's not a loss for the company then research what Dave has accomplished (apache and Dropbox web server). He's been a significant promoter of Dropbox and likely driven a good amount of traffic to their site. There was no need for this. Copying Google's or SugarSync's TOS is not an excuse.

How to shoot yourself in the head and hand your business to Apple in two easy steps

Create a temporary security hole in your cloud based document storage system. Release new terms of service like this: “By submitting your stuff to the Services, you grant us (and those we work with to provide the Services) worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable rights to use, copy, distribute, prepare derivative works (such as translations or format conversions) of, perform, or publicly display that stuff to the extent reasonably necessary for the Service.

Some OmniFocus Macros

In light of my previous post about controlling my work environment with Keyboard Maestro, I thought I would share a few more handy macros for OmniFocus. Clean and Sync This is a pretty simple macro. Most of the work is done by two lines of AppleScript. The macro tells OmniFocus to clean-up the front window and then perform a sync. It's simple but handy. Get to the tasks This one I use whenever I sit down at my Mac to clear some tasks out of OmniFocus.

Real World Note Taking on the iPad

I recently attended a four day conference. The subject isn’t all that important (generally, the interface of science and IT). What is important is that I decided to take the opportunity to test a number of iPad apps that I had only noodled around with previously. The experiment was really about testing the idea that the iPad can replace both a laptop and a pad of paper for taking notes. I’ll always be a pen-geek and a notebook snob.