Installing Dropbox in XFCE (Linux Mint)

DropboxIf you are following this blog for the past few weeks, you will wonder what the heck am I doing in XFCE Linux Mint? Well, I think I might have to make a post for my sudden change of distro but long story short, I wanted Debian Testing (Debian is very stable) but for some reason it comes with Gnome and I tried installing XFCE on it but I failed terribly (Im a friggin’ newb? :v). Maybe in the coming weeks I will install XFCE on Debian or stay here at XFCE Linux Mint or move to Arch Linux altogether (I want an “Install once, update forever” system). But for now, I think I’ll stick with XFCE Linux Mint first.

Enough with that whinning, here is the step by step guide in getting your Dropbox running on your XFCE Desktop Environment:

1. Open your terminal emulator and enter this:

For 32-bit:

cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86" | tar xzf -

For 64-bit:

cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf -

2. Then after it finishes getting the files and extracting the tarball, enter this to run the Dropbox Daemon:

~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd

3. Then complete the installation.

4. After the installation completes, head to Session and Startup > Application Autostart and add Dropbox (Name: Dropbox, Description: Anything, Command: home/<insert your username here>/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd)

5. Press okay and hopefully your Dropbox installation will now run smoothly and autostart on boot!

By the way credits to this guide goes to Dropbox itself over here and from UbuntuLook.

Also to make sure everything will be okay, if you find Thunar Dropbox Extension in software manager, install it (suggested by UbuntuLook)!

Enjoy!

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Windows Phone / 8: No Google Apps for you my friend.

Google Apps
Google Apps

Yes! You’ve read it right. Google ain’t making any apps for Windows Phones. Based from the article that I have read here, Google won’t serve the Windows market for now. Their reason? This.

We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8.

So if you’re an avid user of Google Apps – Drive, Maps, Plus, Mail and others, you’re out of luck. However, you can try other alternatives like Nokia Maps – now rebranded as Here and Windows Phone / OS bundle for messaging, mail, calendar, people and photos. They work great on Google mail accounts (for email) and Google calendar (for calendar). Of course if you want cloud syncing, you can use Dropbox or Microsoft’s Skydrive.

The world is not limited to Google.  You can always find alternatives all over the internet.  All you have to do is well, search.

Got an app to recommend? Share them on the comments! Thanks!

A Drive in the Sky: What I think about Windows Skydrive

 

imageDropbox is what most people think first when they hear the word “cloud”. In earlier years, that argument is valid. However, after some few years in the internet era, things changed – and they changed dramatically. In today’s cloud competition, competitors are everywhere. It’s not all about Dropbox anymore – its all about Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive and others.

Windows Skydrive, just like any other file syncing utility, syncs you files automatically from your computer to the cloud. It runs in the background so you don’t have to worry about dialog boxes. For me, the good thing about this cloud syncing utility is that, files you sync on your Windows PC are automatically forwarded to your Windows 8 Phones and Tablets – not that any other file syncing utility does not have this feature but because they are prebuilt to all Windows 8 generation devices so you don’t need to download any software at all.

Also, another good thing about Skydrive is that you don’t have to worry about getting the updates on the service. Since it is integrated with Windows itself, all you have to do is make you computer install updates automatically and Skydrive will also update itself without you noticing it. Pretty handy for a busy person!

However, Microsoft Skydrive is still on an early stage of its life. To me, its like a very young Dropbox where you can’t have selective syncing of folders (I hope Dropbox implements selective file syncing). However, due to its massive free space offer, I think I am going to stay with Microsoft Skydrive for a moment.

How about you? What do you think about Microsoft Skydrive?