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Ubuntu testing web file-synchronization service

Canonical has begun beta tests of a web-based service that’ll let you store and synchronize files on your Jaunty Jackalope PC with other Jackalope-powered machines. Called Ubuntu One, it’s designed to provide you with access to your files using a web interface when you’re away from your main machine. The service also promises to let you share documents with others.

Ubuntu fluffs web file-synchronization service • The Register

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Secure your files through data encryption

With the strong decrease in price, flash memory has replaced magnetic and optical drives as a universal storage media. Every personal computer user now owns at least one of those USB flash keys. These tiny devices typically hold more data than a CD while taking less than a third of the physical volume. Fact is, USB key are so easy to carry around in the pocket or attached to a key… that they easily get lost or stolen. With the increased digitization of life, storage media often carries personal and sometimes critical information. And that can be a liability.

Password encryption software has already been discussed on this blog, but weekly reports about theft and loss of laptop computers holding critical information do raise the issue of protecting files as well as passwords. Truecrypt, a free open-source disk encryption application (for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux) enables to create an encrypted containter on media storage or to encrypt a whole storage drive. Once access is given clearance, the application mounts the encrypted data as a virtual drive, allowing the user to browse and move files and folders around with the file explorer.

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Flickr Pro as a photo backup solution

Having lost my local data, I managed to recover all the pictures previously posted with their original Exif data on Flickr thanks to a nifty little application compiled for MS Windows called FlickrDown and developed by Greggman.

Greggman deserves a two thumbs up for the clever idea. The application allows to search Flickr image database based on some filters, like tags or user account name. Once identified, the full-size images can be batch downloaded. This can save one a lot of clicks and wait.

I speculate that Flickr is still leaving the “batch download” function out of the features because they probably prefer users not using the servers as temporary storage media. Which is sensible.

I give Greggman a five stars.

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