5 More Uses of Dropbox Every Blogger Should Know

Earlier we shared some uses of Dropbox every blogger should know, now here is the continuation of that, part 2! If you are a Dropbox freak, you would have read about the issues faced by Dropbox earlier, but you know, accidents do happen. You can check some of the creative and good uses of Dropbox you can try for productivity.

1. Test your Website Locally

Dropbox: Test Website Locally

If you can move your local development folder to the Dropbox public folder, then you need not worry about uploading files to an FTP server since Dropbox has the ability to do that for you. Now you can easily test your websites on a local computer just like the real environment. This technique, unfortunately, not possible for testing PHP and other non-HTML sites.

Tutorial : Digital Inspiration


2. Use Dropbox Mobile App for Photo Blogging

Dropbox Apps are now available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry, someone of my friends tried their hands on these apps, and they got addicted quickly. This mobile client not only lets you browse and view images, read documents, and play music in your Dropbox, but you can also use this for taking and storing cameraphone pics directly to the cloud.

If you sync this service with Image hosting sites like Flickr, then you can make Photo Blogging really entertaining.

[Download Dropbox Apps For Mobile]


3. Create A Portfolio

That will be great right? Surprisingly you don’t need any third party service for doing this, using Dropbox alone you can achieve. You can easily develop a portfolio or gallery by this. Simply right click the folder containing the photos and click Dropbox > Get shareable link.

Dropbox Portfolio

The gallery of photos will be opened in the Dropbox web interface, displaying the images as a grid of thumbnails.

If you are not comfortable with Dropbox’s default design, you can try Views.fm for alternate design.

Tutorial : MakeUseOf


4. Share Your Works With Fellow Bloggers

Sharing Your Work

Dropbox makes it easy for developers and bloggers to share their works, like some demo files, PSD stuffs, screenshots and lot of things. You can go to Select Dropbox > Share This Folder. This will send you to the sharing page on the Dropbox website, where you can enter the email of the recipient.

Tutorial : Desizn Tech


5. Allow Visitors To Upload Files To Your Dropbox Folder

Suppose if you are hiring some authors or you enabled guest blogging on your blog, then the ability for them to upload some files for you would be tedious. With the help of Dropbox, you can make this easy. You can also add a password field so that spammers can’t upload files to your Dropbox account.

By default, Dropbox won’t let others to upload files on your Dropbox account, but yes, we do have some hacks. You can check how it works here.

You can create this simple browser uploader for Dropbox which will allow anyone to upload files to a particular folder in your Dropbox account. All you need is a web server that supports php. You can try DROPitTOme if you are not comfortable with coding.

Tutorial : Ampercent

Do you know any other use of Dropbox that will be helpful to bloggers and developers? Kindly share them below.

5+ Uses Of Dropbox That Every Blogger Should Be Aware Of

Dropbox is one of the most useful tools I found this year. Another one is Google Reader. Seriously I didn’t know it can do wonders. Every time I Google something I come up some Dropbox news, so here is my contribution.

Uses Of Dropbox That Every Blogger Should Be Aware Of

For people who are not aware Dropbox, it is a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization.

1. Use As Content Delivery Network (CDN)

You can improve the loading speed of your site by using a CDN to host your website’s static content like images, CSS and JS Files. A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a system of computers containing copies of data, placed at various points in a network so as to maximize bandwidth for access to the data from clients throughout the network. [via Wikipedia]

With the help of Dropbox CDN WordPress plugin you can use your Dropbox ‘Public’ folder as a free Content Delivery Network (CDN). This plugin allows you to upload your themes CSS, JavaScript, and Images into your Dropbox ‘Public’ folder and server these files from the Dropbox network, reducing the bandwidth of your server and allowing users to load your site faster.

Tutorial: Use Dropbox as a CDN for your WordPress Files


2. Backup Your WordPress Blog

WordPress Backups is one of the recommended basic security tips for your blog.

wp Time Machine WordPress plugin creates an archive of all your WordPress Data & Files and then stores them on Dropbox, Amazon’s S3, or your FTP host. It can perform an automatic backup of your WordPress MySQL database, themes, plug-ins and all the other files and images that you may upload to your WordPress folder. Just enter your Dropbox credentials and hit the Generate Archive button. Bingo!

Tutorial: Backup your WordPress Blog to Dropbox


3. Use With Your Web Domain

Every Dropbox account comes with a useful ‘Public’ folder. You can use that folder to host documents, images, and other stuff that you want to share with everyone. By personalizing the default Dropbox URL, you can indirectly promote your brand, track individual file downloads, and make it look less complex.

Default Dropbox URL :

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/ID/folder/hbbdemo.txt

Personalized URL :

http://files.hellboundbloggers.com/folder/hbbdemo.txt

Tutorial: Use Dropbox with your own Web Domain


4. Make Your Own Website

Dropbox is an easy way to create a quick website without the need for a server. You can easily get a hosting provider for your blog/website. You are limited to client-side scripts and HTML since Dropbox cannot run any server side stuff.

  • Create a folder in your Public folder for your website.
  • Put your entire website under this folder.
  • Right click on the homepage of your website (usually something like home.htm or index.html) and get the public URL for it.

5. Control Your Home Web Server

You can simply add a vHost to your web server and point it to a folder inside your Dropbox home and voila! You have complete control over the content you’re hosting!

The basic idea behind this is to use vHosts to have the website contents in the Dropbox folder. The post explains how to do this for Tomcat or Apache. It’s also useful with IIS and Visual Studio. Simply add a symlink of your wwwroot to “My Dropbox” and you have your website on the net to control. When making web application in Visual Studio, simple ‘Public’ the project to the folder inside the wwwroot inside “My Dropbox” and your website updates, no matter where you are working at.

Tutorial: Controlling Your Home Web Server Content


6. Automatic & Free Web Publishing Solution

Ever wondered that you can use the very same Dropbox as an automatic Web Publishing Solution (as an alternative to SVN and other technologies). It only takes three steps in order to get your Dropbox running as a Web Publishing solution. However, you won’t be able to do so if you don’t have full access to the server.

  • Installing Dropbox on the server
  • Sharing data between multiple Dropbox accounts
  • Configuring the webserver
  • Running Dropbox as a service

Tutorial: Using Dropbox as an automatic and free Web Publishing solution


7. Create Your Personal Wiki

With TiddlyWiki and Dropbox you can set up your own wiki that is easy to use and available from anything with a web browser.

TiddlyWiki is extremely flexible and can accommodate many needs with some of the variations available. Before you pay for another note taking program, or if you are unhappy with the one you currently have downloaded TiddlyWiki for free and see how it can suit your needs.

Tutorial: Build Your Own Personal Wiki Accessible from Any PC


Do you know any other cool use of Dropbox that could help a blogger or webmaster? Kindly share them in the comments!

5 Simple Steps To Faster Broadband Connection

Many of us are subscribed to one broadband service or the other but we are not getting the best from this service. Sometimes, you won’t be able to get up to half the speed of the broadband service you’re using and this means you paid more money than you needed to, however, there are some things you can do to improve the quality of the broadband service you get. These tips will help you get a faster broadband.

MOST RELATED : HOW TO: Get The Best From Slow Internet Connection

Broadband Speed#1 – Use a USB Cable

A great way to significantly improve the speed you get from your broadband service is by using a USB cable. The computers of most of us are often located in tight corners in our rooms preventing signals from flowing freely yet we still plug our modems to the laptop in this form. You can get more from your broadband connection by making use of the external USB cable that came with your modem, this will make it easy for you to move the modem to a better location where there is enough signal.

Most slow internet connectivity problems are as a result of reception problems so using the default USB cable will help you gain more exposure for your broadband modem thus leading to a faster connection.

#2 – Make Use of OpenDNS

When it comes to internet technology there is what we call a DNS service. Your broadband service provider has their own DNS servers and these DNS servers can affect how fast your connection will be. The more a DNS service has been used to access a website the faster it is.

In most cases, especially if you’re experiencing slow connectivity problems, it is more effective to make use of a public DNS server like that of OpenDNS.

#3 – Be Tight With Security

We often complain about not getting enough while neglecting that which we already have. Another effective way to make your broadband faster is by making sure it is as secure as possible. Many of us have wireless routers with open access or weak passwords and this will make it easy for others to tap into your broadband connection, thus making it slower. You can maximize your broadband service by having a strong encryption code (containing both alphabets, numbers and symbols) or by limiting your wireless router to your location only.

#4 – Get a Quality Router

The router you’re using can also have a great effect on the quality of service you get because cheap, low quality routers often deliver poor results while high quality, time-tested routers deliver great results. Try to observe your router to see if you suspect a problem with it, if you’re not satisfied make sure you change your router to a more quality one. You’ll be amazed at the changes you will get.

#5 – Use a Wired Connection

This is for those using a wireless connection. We all love flexibility and the advantages of using a wireless connection anywhere in our home but there can also be some drawbacks (such as low speed) to using a wireless connection. If you need faster access to the internet you might want to go wired; this has been tested to me more effective and faster than a wireless connection.

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8 Symptoms Of Computer Virus [Security]

symptoms of virusesWe Know that, despite the widespread use of anti-virus, over half of the country’s computers are infected with viruses, we must conclude that the infections are due to bad habits cultivated over the Web, than to the inefficiency of virus. So, I prepared a few tips trying to get away as much from poisons.

  • Windows Shooting Alone.

You are browsing the Internet and come up windows for advertisements or different Web sites, without you having anything tight, make no mistake, you’re infected.

  • Performance Degradation.

Computer does not turn over the command of Windows, just take the socket. Lock all the time. It is too slow. Resumes alone, you’re infected.

  • Suddenly Pop Up Error Messages.

When many messages begin to appear out of memory, disk space, it fails in application, etc., is a clear sign that a virus may be behind them.

  • Home Of The Browser is Changed.

Pay attention when the home page of your favorite browser is changed for no apparent reason, as many spyware do this.

  • Social Networking Profiles, or Your Email Account Automatically Send Messages With the Virus to Your Contacts.

If your friends start to complain that they are getting your messages with viruses, it is certain that your computer is infected.

  • The Command CTRL+ALT+DEL No Longer Works.

In any version of Windows, one of the simplest ways to check for viruses is simultaneously pressing the CTRL+ALT+DEL, as the most important virus disables this command to initiate the task manager.

  • Antivirus No Longer Update.

If your anti-virus begins to acknowledge failure update, even if its connection to the Internet is operating normally, is a great sign of a virus installed.

  • Social Networks Hacked.

When your Orkut, Twitter, Facebook, etc are hacked, surely there is virus on your computer.

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Don’t Click Any Third Party Links In Orkut!

OrkutRecently some of my friend’s updates showed a mysterious link titled New Orkut Version (Don’t ever click it!). I thought they only kept like that. But it was not true. Almost 30 profiles in my friends list have been taken over or hacked. Yesterday one of my Orkut friend told me he has the feeling that his Orkut profile has been hacked or taken over. He has some problems like automatic status bar update and addition of unknown Orkut Communities.

If your Orkut account has been taken over, feel free to report to Orkut regarding it. It helps !

The best way to avoid such troubles is to avoid or never provide your login information to sites other than in www.orkut.com

And also don’t click such links like New Orkut Version or any other thing similar to it. These links are mostly available in Orkut status bar and in about me page. A Click is all needed to get your profile hacked. If you are lucky enough to have access to your orkut account still, then go and change your password and security question immediately. Change all the previous settings. If you found a phishing page, please report it to Google. It could save someone in Orkut. If you are not aware of phishing websites and emails, then consider reading Beware Of Phisher – Review.

There are a hell lot of websites or webpages that look similar to Orkut. Don’t ever provide your login information as said before. They take control of your orkut profile to advertise porn or other links. It may be used for illegal purposes also, who knows.

Check these Google Forums for details regarding it :

Another Orkut Bogus/fake website!

How to save yourself from such Phishing

Protecting Your Orkut Account

Better be Safe than Sorry. Prevention is always better than Sure!

As per our concern, don’t ever provide your login information to such links other than to www.orkut.com (or orkut.com) and never click any links from Orkut status bar and in about me page. Frequently change your password and security question. Happy Orkutting!

HOW TO: Access Blocked Websites Easily

This article is not made as an intention for accessing blocked websites in Colleges, Schools and even in Offices. All comes under Ethical Hacking. Facebook, Orkut, MySpace… these are some of the websites that are usually blocked. Even in my college this happens. But trust me, these are quite lame protection. Below are some of the ways to unblock and access the websites that are blocked. I wrote the steps in simple way, hope it is helpful for ethical purposes. Earlier we saw how to block websites without using any software.

1. Redirect the Site using Short URLUnBlock websites

You can convert your blocked URL into a short URL, so that it may help you bypass the settings.

Some of the free services for shortening your URL are TinyURL, MooURL and SnipURL. You can also start your own URL shortening site like we did.

2. Use Google Cache Link

Search Engines like Google and Yahoo! provide cached links in their search results. You can make use of it for accessing blocked websites, because these cached pages are stored in the search engine itself. Type the blocked website URL in Google Search and click the Cached link to access the cached copy of that website.

3. Use IP Address instead of URL

Some of the people and software use the URL of the website for blocking and if you use the IP address of the website here, it may allow you to bypass the settings and you can access that blocked site. You can find the IP address of a website in two ways. In local computer, go to command prompt and type ping domainname.com and it will display the IP address. You can also find it through online resources like Whats My IP.

4. Use Proxy Websites

You can try the millions of Proxy websites available in the Internet for accessing blocked sites. They allow you to use their proxy or domain to browse other sites as anonymous. I wrote an article regarding the list of proxies commonly used.

  • 50 Proxy Websites To Access Blocked Websites

5. Translate the Website

Some online translation services allows us to convert or translate a website/ blog from one language to another and display the site in the results in their own pages. You can try Google Translate, AltaVista BabelFish for translating your site.

This is just a small list, there are plenty of ways to get around blocked websites, the internet is full of opportunities.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, these tips and tricks are not posted for the intention for unblocking blocked websites in Schools, colleges and many places. Don’t try to breach the rules and regulations. Try to use these for Security purposes indeed. Try to be Smart and Ethical.

HOW TO: Block Websites Without Using Any Software

This is only for parents (Ha ha..!) who want to protect their children from accessing unwanted websites. It is simple to block. You don’t need any software for this. You can ask me “why I need this trick?” since many browsers provide you option for blocking websites. Yes that is true. But if by any chance your child is tech-savvy minded, he/she can easily install another browser and access those sites. But this trick is done in the system so it automatically prompts all the browsers to block that site. Here is the trick. You may get worry for accessing these sections in your system, if you do these steps carefully, it really works fine and no issues will rise. Windows uses a Hosts file to maintain a personal list of web addresses. The Hosts file will be checked when any URL request is made. First go to C:WindowsSystem32DriversEtc folder.

You can block the sites by adding entries to Windows “Hosts” file and it is editable file, so open it with notepad. At the bottom you can a line like this, 127.0.0.1 localhost Now type a line similar to it below, with the URL of the site which you are going to block. 127.0.0.1 www.xyz.com

Open the hosts file with a word processor like NotePad
Open the hosts file with a word processor like NotePad

You can block the sites by adding entries to Windows “Hosts” file and it is editable file, so open it with notepad.

At the bottom you can a line like this,Inside Hosts file

127.0.0.1 localhost

Now type a line similar to it below, with the URL of the site which you are going to block.

127.0.0.1 www.xyz.com

The number 127.0.0.1 is the “loop back” IP address of your own computer, so Windows skips the link to that site and moves on.

So thus that website is blocked permanently in your system because the DNS for the website has been changed to 127.0.0.1 instead of the real DNS. You can also do this for preventing ads and spyware.

Hide Files and Folders Through Command Prompt

You can now easily hide your files or folders through Command Prompt. It will be impossible for others to find the file or folder unless they know the filename or folder name. You can secure your documents easily by this method. Make sure you remember the file or folder name!

How To Hide Files And Folders?

Hide files and foldersWe are now going to hide a folder using Command Prompt from Windows.

Also Check : Steganography — The Art Of Hiding Using DOS Commands.

Suppose if you want to hide a folder named Pradeep in your E drive.

Then open the Command Prompt. [Goto Run and type cmd]

Type, attrib +s +h E:Pradeep

Where ,

E: : Drive name

Pradeep : Folder name

And If you want to make that folder appear, type,

attrib -s -h E:Pradeep

Note : Use this only for educational and security purposes.

You can refer our video tutorial for easy usage.