Dropbox and TrueCrypt: Sync your data securely

If you haven’t heard of Dropbox, it’s a cloud based file syncing service. You get 2GB of storage for free that you can use as you want.  You simply install the Dropbox client on your computer and drop some files into the Dropbox folder, which by default is located under My Documents in Windows but you can specify a different location if you wish.  In the background those files will sync up to your online Dropbox storage.  It gets even better!  Install the Dropbox client on multiple computers and now those same files will be in sync on all computers as well as your online Dropbox storage.  Not only do you have easy and convenient access to your files from any computer (or mobile device like iPhone, Droid, etc.) but you also have multiple backup copies on each computer you installed the client on.  Plus, if you make changes to files Dropbox has file versioning.  Simple right-click a file and choose Dropbox | View Previous Versions.  You will then be taken to your account via web browser where you can then select which version of the file you want restored.  Want more space than the 2GB you get for free?  You can add 250MB for each person you refer to Dropbox (assuming they sign up) for a maximum of 8GB.  They offer pay options for more space as well.  Dropbox isn’t likely going to be a total online (cloud) backup solution unless you don’t have a ton of data, but the sync convenience makes it easy to have universal access to your most commonly used files.

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Kindle vs. iPad thoughts

This article is written from the perspective of someone looking for a portable device to read long form books. I own both a Kindle 2 and a 16GB iPad Wifi-only.  I purchased the Kindle in April 2009 and the iPad in April 2010.  In the 4 months that I’ve owned the iPad I can say with confidence that I have no intention of giving up the Kindle.  I believe any articles that are written with the idea of the iPad being a Kindle killer are written from the perspective of somebody that either (a) has never seen the Kindle e-Ink screen or (b) does not read books, at least not regularly.  If you read long form books and like the idea of carrying around a small, light-weight device the Kindle is really hard to beat.  The fact that it doesn’t do all what the iPad can do is not a negative, but rather a big plus.  If you read long form books, you are not concerned with web browsing, email or anything else while you are reading the book.  In fact, the most important thing you probably would be concerned with regarding the technology itself would be the clarity of the text and the ability to read outside in daylight.  If you’ve never seen an e-Ink display then it’s very hard to understand HOW much better it is for long reading sessions compared to a backlit LCD display, like on the iPad or your computer monitor.  Reading on the Kindle is very natural and feels very much like reading from a book with regard to the appearance of the text on the screen compared to printed text on paper.  This is something no backlit LCD display could ever duplicate.  This single point alone is justification for owning a Kindle if you want a device that allows you to carry all your books with you in a small, light-weight package.

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It Begins!…Indiscriminate Ruminations

I figured it was about time I created a personal website and blog.  What do I have to say? What will this blog be about?  Well, as you probably can extrapolate from the name of this blog, it’s not going to be about anything in particular.  I might post about a project I’m working on at home, at work, something new I’m  interested in,  a book I’m reading, or anything else I can’t think of at this time.  Right now I don’t know  if this will happen frequently (daily) or less frequently (weekly…).  I’m sure I’ll get a better feel for how much I have to say on this blog as time goes on.

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