Google have today released some pretty exciting news news the mobile Google drive app now allows on device/in app editing of your google documents! As far as I know it’s the first in the field of mobile online storage apps to offer such a service.
As you can see from the video below, they have pretty much got it nailed..
There’s only downside to the recent news… As of yet, the app does not support in app editing of Google Spreadsheets. However, I feel confident in saying it won’t be far behind todays release. Once it finally arrives, I will seriously have to reconsider my current alliance to Dropbox and SugarSync.
You can download Google Drive for iOS from the App Store now for free.
Along with several small fixes in the recently recently released 10.8.1 update to Mountain Lion, the tech boffins over at Cupertino managed to ‘break’ the purge command. Now, as this isn’t a widely advertised OS X command, a fix should be along in the next OS X update all being well.
In the meantime, should you need to use the command to free up memory, you can use terminal to create a ‘soft symbolic’ link. Although this tricks OS X into allowing the command to be used, it’s not a permanent solution. Thus meaning it will be overwritten with the next update.
To do this, fire up Terminal then type or copy and paste the following commands:
cd /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreProfile.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Devices/ sudo ln -s osx-12.0.0.xml osx-12.1.0.xml
You may be prompted for your password, if so enter it as normal into the terminal window, bear in mind nothing will appear as you type your password.
Once done you will then be able to type purge into terminal to free up memory resources once more.
As web technologies move on, and we start doing more and more things on the internet. It’s obviously that the unsavoury characters that once used to ‘pick pocket’ people in the street would evolve into ‘pick pocketers’ on the net. Granted, it maybe a slightly different class of criminal, but the principal is the same.
However – in the world of online technologies and stores, there is no PCSO’s or Police Constables watching your ‘back’. (With the exception of CCTV etc) Sure, the more tech savvy of us out there are capable of looking after ourselves, but think of your customers, or your family! It falls to us website owners/developers/creators to look after those more vulnerable out there.
Keeping a keen eye on your content is a straight forward task, which goes a long way to protect your visitors. However, it’s not often possible to completely lock down online content management systems such as WordPress. What’s worse, due to there wide ‘adoption’ by web content producers the world over it makes them a number one target for the digital criminal. Although news of WordPress security hacks don’t often make the evening news they DO happen, and frequently too. Now keeping on top of the version of WordPress you are running is a good way to help combat ill fated surprises presented to your visitors. However, for those of you who want to take it a step further you may want to consider a third party service such as StopTheHacker.co.uk
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However, much like any service provider it soon becomes apparent who offers the best customer service, who views you as a small fish in a big pond and those few who view each of their fish as equal sized fish.. Offering unparalleled support and advice no matter how much money you spend with them.
Some of the biggest\global firms truly offer dreadful customer service support. I won’t start naming them here as without the full context it would be unfair.
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One that has truly stood out the crowd for me, and has stepped up on many occasion over the last 7 years of my blog posting and ‘web development’ career, is one who I make sure I recommend to anyone who asks when they are just starting out or when their hosts are consistently disappointing them.
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6 years hosting with them would make you think I must have paid an absolute fortune for such service. Well you couldn’t be further from the truth. Although I am enjoying the benefits of a pro package today, I once was a very small fish in a somewhat large pond. Back in the day when I’d post every few weeks, and the only visitors where my friends and family. At that time I was more than happily using their free hosting offering. Giving me all the power I needed to really get my teeth into web development, allowing me to dabble with many a CMS, forum, e-commerce solution, development language and more.
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From there my site has gone from strength to strength and today has 60+ unique hits in a month, from all corners of the globe. Serving up downloads, blog posts, media content and more… Non of which have ever been an issue on my super fast web host.
Since then I have migrated several of my friends sites over to the host, and can often be found plugging them during mind map stages of young entrepreneurs.
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This blog posts is one of the several guest blog posts to MikeSel.info. Posted by one of my readers Thomas Hazlett, Thomas has converted the terminal commands in my earlier post Show hidden files in OS X 10.7 or 10.8
- Launch -> /Aplications/Automator
- Select what type of workflow you would like. I feel a service is a good choice for this so go ahead and;
- Select -> Service
- At the top of the window there should be 2 combo-boxes.
- Select -> no input
- Select -> Finder.app
- Drag -> Run shell script; from the left panel to the right and enter the following:
is_shown=$(defaults read com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles) if [ $is_shown != "YES" ] then defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES else defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO fi
(You may have to retype the quotes around the “YES” in the if statement).
8. Below that Drag -> Ask for confirmation and enter a message to the effect of “Do you want to relaunch finder? This will cancel any file transfers etc.”Under that,
9. Drag -> Run shell script and enter killall Finder
10. Save it, naming it whatever you want it to appear as under the services submenu of the Finder menu.
11. With Finder in the foreground, click Finder in the top left -> down to Services and click your newly created Service.
Thomas Hazlett is from and still lives in Belfast, N. Ireland. He is currently studying with the Open University towards his BSc in Computing and IT however has decided to take a year out to work on his own projects; start a blog; and spend more time doing home renovations. You can find more about him at www.hazlett.info