Jul 30

Google Backup and Sync is very similar to Dropbox but there are some small differences. Google backup and sync has some extra options.

Desktop Folder Syncing

  • Google Backup and Sync also has the option to make a backup of your ‘Desktop Folder’ and sync it.
  • Dropbox cannot sync your desktop folder.

Sharing files on the web

  • Dropbox makes it very easy to share files publicly from the finder of OS X. It’s is fully integrated into OS X.
  • Google Backup and Sync makes it a bit more complicated to share files because it is still web-based. You need to go to your Google drive on the web and share it from there. (Once it’s set up it works well though!)

Accessing files offline

  • Google Backup and Sync and Dropbox can both access file offline.

How to install Google Drive on OS X

What is the difference between ‘Google file stream’ and ‘Google backup and sync’?

What are the differences between ‘Google Drive’ (Google File Stream) and ‘Dropbox’?

 

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Jul 29

You can mount a ‘Google Drive’ onto you Mac, it’s a neat cloud based storage solution from Google. The Google Drive sits on your desktop. It looks like a regular hard drive and the contents of the folder are automatically available to anyone else who has access to the same Google Drive.

Google Drive is similar but different to dropbox. When you move a file into dropbox the file is moved into dropbox, like you would expect if you were moving a file into a different folder. (The file is not copied, it is moved.) But when you drag a file into your Google Drive it doesn’t move the file, it creates a copy of the file. It’s more like copying the file to a thumb drive.

Because of this difference in the way they behave, Dropbox feels like it’s a folder on your computer like any other folder, it just happens to be shared with others. But Google Drive has a different feel. It feels like a foreign hard drive that is out there in the cloud and you happen to have access to it from your computer. Each have their advantage, and I use both.

Another big point of difference is that Google Drive requires an active internet connection. Last week our internet was down, and I went to access a file in my Google Drive, and I could see it, but not access it without a web connection. Dropbox syncs the 2 folders completely, so they are available offline as well.

We use Google Drive to share documents across our organisation. I use dropbox to share files that I am working on across my own personal computers. I find it really useful to have this distinction in my head. Files that I want to share with other people – Google Drive. Files that I want to share with myself – Dropbox.  Of course, you could use these tools any way you want but that’s the way I have found myself using them.

Here’s how to get Google Drive going.

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Jul 27

This may well be my most exciting OS X discovery of the year. Let me know if you find it helpful.  You can use ‘Google Backup and Sync’ to sync your OS X desktop folder to the cloud, and then, with a little trick, access that desktop folder from your ‘Google Drive’ other computers, so that you can put files onto the desktop of you computer remotely.  Continue reading ⟩

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Jul 27

Apple don’t want you to do this, but it’s necessary for some apps.

  1. Go to System Preferences then ‘Security and Privacy’.
  2. Click on the lock in ht bottom left corner.
  3. Click this second option

You may need to go in and allow some apps individually from this same control panel when you are trying to install them.

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Jul 27

We all loved the Mac vs PC ads, when Apple were taking the mickey out of PCs. Well the tables have turned with a clever set of ads from Samsung. You can see them all on Samsung’s Youtube channel  here, but my favourite is this one…

 

Jul 23

We have an iPhone 4 that we love. It is running iOS 7.  But there are some apps that you cannot download to iOS7.  If you try to download them from the App store you get this message:

too old

To get around this, you need an older version of the app. But Apple don’t give you the option of installing older versions. To get around this and find an older version, you firstly need to download the newer version of App into iTunes on your computer.

Then when you go to your iPhone and find the app in the App Store, you will get the option to download the older version:

older app can install

SUMMARY: You cannot download older versions of Apps directly to your iPhone, but if you download a newer version to iTunes first, then you can access an older version from your iPhone.

NOTE: You need iTunes 12.6 to access the App store to do this. It won’t work in iTunes 12.7.

See this article for how to downgrade to iTunes 12.6.

I keep one laptop with 12.6 for this purpose. The rest are running iTunes 12.7.

 

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Jul 23

With iTunes 12.7 you can’t download apps for older iPhones. If you have an older iPhone and you want to download older apps for you need iTunes 12.6.

But Apple have introduced a security feature called ‘System Integrity Protection’ that stops you from deleting iTunes 12.7.

To delete iTuens 12.7 (and go back to iTunes 12.6) you can disable System Integrity Protection, remove iTunes 12.7, then re-enable the protection. It’s pretty hard core. I would say this is not recommended by Apple. Here’s how to do it…

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Jun 27

If you get a warning like this be very careful about clicking ‘Allow.’  I’ve noticed that lots of websites have been asking to send me notifications.  What you may not realise is that these notifications do not come through your web browser. They  come through the OSX  built-in notifications that appear on the right of your screen.  This means that the notifications can appear when you’re working in a word processor,  typing an email,  anytime!  What’s worse is when a notification pops up there is no simple way to turn it off. You can dismiss it as read,  but you can be sure you will get another notification from that same website pretty soon.  I personally find this quite intrusive and it gets very annoying.

To turn off these notifications you need to go into your ‘System Preferences’  and then click on the notifications tab,  then scroll down to the website that has given you the notification,  and delete it. There will be an entry in the  notifications settings for any time you have clicked ‘Allow’ –  you need to go and delete them all one by one.  It’s quite a process!

Notifications

Once you have accepted a notification from a website in order to stop it you need to go into system preferences and notifications and delete it.

 

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