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DeltaWalker for Mac OS X: Compare/Merge Files, Synchronize Folders; Two and Three-Way
The Deltopia website, home of DeltaWalker - the intuitive, multi-platform application for two and three-way visual file and folder comparison. Use DeltaWalker to compare (diff) and merge files and to compare and synchronize folders.
synchronization  file  folder  sync  diff 
april 2011 by program247365
rsync + Automator = free and easy backups for your Mac
One of the most basic types of backup is the folder sync. Folder A lives on your Mac. Folder B is on an external hard drive. You want to make Folder B look exactly like Folder A.

Granted, anyone could make this happen by dragging and dropping the contents of A to B. If you have a lot of data, that’s going to take a while each time, though.

Fortunately, there’s a really easy, free way to make this happen with almost no effort (or geekery) on your part using two tools that are already on your Mac: rsync and Automator.

rsync
rsync is a command line utility that works on lots of operating systems, including Mac OS X. It’s really great at backing up data and can do some powerful and mind-blowing things, most of which you need to know nothing about.

I’m using rsync in a very basic way. For example, this command copies all of the contents of my Documents folder (under my Home folder, the ~ sign) to an external hard drive called “Lacie500”:

rsync -aE --delete ~/Documents/ "/Volumes/Lacie500/Documents/"

It essentially does two things:

Copies anything that has changed since the last copy
Deletes anything on Lacie500 that is no longer in the Documents folder on my Mac

In other words, it makes the Documents folder on Lacie500 look exactly like the Documents folder on my Mac.

rsync + Automator
Since I didn’t want to have to run this command from Terminal each time, I created a very simple, single-action workflow using Automator.

As you can see, I’ve got it set up to mirror my Documents, Pictures, and Music folder.

I saved the Automator workflow as “sync.app” so so that I could just store it right on the external hard drive’s root folder. That way, all I have to do is plug in the external hard drive, click on the hard drive in Finder, then double click the app. The sync just happens, and I never have to think about command line syntax again.

Why this is useful
For starters, backups happen if they’re easy. Automating backups is one way to make them really easy.

I have what I consider a pretty decent backup strategy involving Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, and Dropbox. But as I keep accumulating miscellaneous hard drives (not sure how that happens), I want to make use of them. This is one way.

Stuff I read as I wrote this

How to Backup Your Mac Using Rsync
Synchronize two folders on a Mac with Automator and Rsync
Tech  automation  automator  backups  mac  rsync  sync  from google
march 2011 by program247365
Provider for Google Calendar • mozillaZine Forums
So I did this: for every account, I used the following address: [ https://USER:PASS@www.google.com/calend ... ID/events/ ]. It worked like a charm.
googleappsdomain  googlecalendar  troubleshooting  howto  sunbird  sync 
december 2010 by program247365
Delving Deeper Into Dropbox
We all know and love Dropbox, the amazing online file storage, backup, syncing and sharing service. It allows you to keep all of your computers in perfect harmony, your documents, music and more in each location.
That’s great, but what if you wanted to remotely control a computer, synchronize passwords, or sync your to-do lists? Dropbox offers a range of extra functionality that isn’t immediately obvious, and today we’ll be showing you how to achieve some of this interesting functionality!

Do you love your Dropbox?
NB. Thanks to Dropbox for the comics!
Advanced SyncingSpreading your time across two computers can be a real challenge. After only a day or two of use, you run into the question “where did I save that file?” That’s the main problem solved initially by Dropbox. Right out of the box, it creates a folder that is mirrored across each of your computers. This Dropbox becomes the replacement for your USB flash drive, and avoids duplicate files.
Syncing
However, nowadays we have become accustomed to using more advanced applications, such as task managers, photo libraries, and music libraries, that require access to a file-based database. For instance, Things, my to-do list application of choice, saves everything into its own XML file. This would make my life complicated if I had different versions of that XML file floating around across different computers.
This can easily be remedied by quitting Things, and moving it’s Application Support folder (Username/Library/Application Support/Cultured Code/Things) into your Dropbox folder. Then simply hold down the option key when launching Things and point it to your newly moved folder. Repeat this step for each of your Dropbox-enabled Macs, but remember to only have one version of Things open at the same time or you could run into some major issues.
This can be done with several other applications, from 1Password (see the section labeled: Automatic Syncing without MobileMe) to other to do list applications such as OmniFocus and The Hit List. Just search for an online guide for your application of choice, if you aren’t completely sure how to navigate through your Library folder.
I also recently wrote an article that covers syncing your iTunes library between computers, however, with the new iTunes 9 you can just turn on Home Sharing to keep your iTunes library in check.
Home Sharing
Photo syncing is also a great option. A guide to syncing your iPhoto library across multiple computers can be found here.
Multiple Instances of DropboxIf you’re looking for a way to run multiple instances of the Dropbox app, a solution is available! But be a little wary, as it involves the Terminal. Just copy and paste this command into Terminal and a second version of Dropbox should start right up.
HOME=$HOME/.Dropbox-alt /Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/MacOS/Dropbox
There is even a way to get this to do it every time you log into your computer – just check out this article. That said, we don’t advise the use of multiple Dropbox accounts to bypass the 2GB free user cap.
There is a slightly simpler way to have all your different Dropbox accounts (maybe one for work collaboration and one for a school based collaboration) together. Simply create a shared link to the main folder of your Dropbox and invite your other account to share. More information about sharing things between Dropbox accounts can be found at the Dropbox site.
Hosting a Web SiteUsing the Public folder inside your Dropbox, you can host your own personal website, with 2GB of storage and a nearly unlimited bandwidth cap. Create a site folder inside the Public folder, then copy across your website files. Place an index.html file in there, and set your domain to redirect to the index’s public URL. Ta Da! You have an easy to operate site that is simple to update.
Obviously this only works for basic HTML content, and doesn’t replicate the functionality of a real web host – it’s a useful trick to know though!
Backup Your Computer CompletelyOne of the easiest way to back up your computer is to connect an external hard disk. Utilizing Time Machine is great, but if you use software like Chronosync, you could kill two birds with one stone: on-site fast backup, and remote, off-site backup. This is how:
Backing up with Dropbox
Set up an external hard disk and either move or install your Dropbox onto that hard drive. Tell Choronosync to back up your entire hard drive to the Dropbox folder, and sure enough you soon have a great backup solution. Or just mirror some of your folders, like your Documents and Pictures. Dropbox’s prices aren’t out of this world, but you will probably need a paid account to make the backup work as planned.
UndeleteTime Machine might have been the most compelling reason to switch to Leopard, but could we apply the ability to choose which version of a file to restore to our Dropbox folder? Sure!
You could use Time Machine to do this, or you could use the built-in “undeleter” on the Dropbox web interface.
Undelete
Simply log into with your account information at the Dropbox site. Then select to “Show deleted files”:
Show Deleted Files
Select the folders you want to restore.
Select Folders to Restore
And click “Restore Folder” under the “More Actions” menu.
Restore Folders
There you have it – your files are back safe and sound. With a free Dropbox account you get 30 days worth of versioning and undelting goodness, allowing you to revert to a version created up to 30 days ago or a file deleted during that time frame. With a paid account you can choose to add an additional feature that will allow you to store an unlimited number of files and versions.
ConclusionThere is plenty you can do with a simple Dropbox account. From syncing your to do lists across multiple computers to running a website, Dropbox is a great web based file management solution.
Don’t feel confined to synchronising only files – let your imagination wander, and you’re like to find a guide for almost any app with a quick Google search.
I’d love to hear any other inventive syncing ideas in the comments!
Internet  cloud  dropbox  sync  from google
november 2009 by program247365
Show floor video: BusySync
Filed under: Macworld, Software
BusyMac had a good thing going with BusySync 1 and 1.5: seamlessly share and edit calendar info across your home or business LAN using iCal. Version 2 (due next month) features sync via the cloud-- so you can sync a work and home computer, even if you don't work at home. There's also Google Calendar support in BusySync 2, which could be the holy grail many of us have been looking for. Mike does a quick run through in the video.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
busymac  busysync  gcal  google-calendar  ical  macworld  macworld08  sync  tweet-this  from google
january 2008 by program247365

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