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Back Up Your Files Now


Last week, you might have seen the story of a devastating fire in a residential neighborhood in New Orleans, and how Gideon Hodge, who “describes himself as a playwright, novelist, and actor” ran into his burning home “when he realized that his only copies of two completed novels were on a laptop inside.”
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Dropbox’s File Request Eases Receiving Files and Assignments


At a conservative estimate, ProfHacker writers have posted eleventy-billion times about Dropbox, the popular near-ubiquitous service for saving, syncing, and sharing files. And with good reason! It’s a great service, fast, and convenient–especially for people who use several different computers and devices over the course of a day, it’s frequently the glue that makes that work cohere.

This summer, Dropbox released two new features–one of which might be particularly appealing to academics: file …


Open Thread Wednesday: the Cloud


The Cloud is where it’s at. This is probably not news to anyone who reads ProfHacker. We’ve talked about cloud storage for years: Dropbox, Spider Oak, Google Drive, and Copy. There are also other options like Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s OneDrive.

Now Amazon is upping the ante. Amazon Prime membership ($99 or $49 for students) already includes unlimited photo storage and an additional 5GB for video and files.  Now, for an additional $60 a year, Amazon Cloud Drive is offering “Unlimited Everyt…


Simple Journaling on Mac or iOS with Day One

An old, hand-written journalHere at ProfHacker, we frequently talk about how to get your writing done. After all, for many of us, writing is an important part of (keeping) our jobs. We’ve frequently discussed writing software like Scrivener or Google Docs; more recently Konrad covered Draft for collaborative writing and Adeline talked about using Gingko, which is a horizontal outline and writing tool. We’ve covered methods for getting your writing done, from Billie’s look at 750words.com and Erin’s personal Rule of 200 (wo…


The Blurb List

A grocery list written in French on a Post-It note

In the years that I’ve worked in and around higher education, I’ve never lacked reasons for surprise. But among the many is how frequently I’ve been asked to write a brief biographical description. Whether it’s presenting at a conference, dropping in as a guest in a seminar, completing a grant proposal, or finishing an article, everyone wants my deets 100-250 words about…me.

The first time I was asked for my biographical statement, I almost certainly over thought it. That’s what you do when you’…


WordPress Plugin Now Available for JotForm

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Looking for a plugin to add form features to your WordPress installation? We’ve written previously about JotForm (here and here), a service which allows you to create forms and link to some collection service, such as Dropbox. Getting those forms on a website was not terribly difficult but took a few extra steps.

But now JotForm has recently announced the availability of a WordPress plugin that streamlines the process. Once you install the plugin (which you can do by downloading it from here


Sync Your Files Faster, Freer, and more Privately with BitTorrent

Clouds over green grass

A few weeks ago, I spoke at Case Western at a two-day symposium about “Exploring Collaboration in Digital Scholarship.” The talks were engaging and the subject—collaboration—is something that’s dear to our hearts here at ProfHacker. (Ever wanted to know how to run a group-authored blog?) Perhaps symbolic of this need for collaboration, the speakers were each presented with a flash drive, along with some other branded swag.

I remember getting my first flash drive. The ability to carry 256 MB aro…


Write Text Files Anywhere with TextDrop

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If there’s one thing that unites ProfHacker writers, it’s probably an appreciation for plain text files and well-designed text editors, preferably with Markdown support. Plain text goes anywhere, is easily searchable, and is upgrade-proof. As a Mac user, I rely on Brett Terpstra & Elastic Threads’s nvALT fork of Notational Velocity to do most of my writing at my computer, and I use Nebulous Notes or Byword on my iOS apps. All of these apps sync via Dropbox, so I pretty much always have access …


Found Knows Where Your Files Are

Above the Clouds

ProfHacker readers are unusually bright and well-organized people, obviously, so this probably only happens to me: You’re *certain* you saved a file, or at least saw it . . . but where? Did you save it to a local folder? Dropbox? Evernote? Maybe it was an attachment to a message in Gmail? Oh, wait–it was a Google Doc! Right?

As with Joey Tribbiani trying to open milk, there’s gotta be a better way!

Found is a free app for Macs that searches both local and cloud services to find your files. In …


Backup Service Dropbox Announces “Space Race”

As we’ve written many times here at ProfHacker, it’s absolutely essential that you maintain a backup of (at least) your most important data. There are many ways to do this, of course, from using an external hard drive (or a redundant external storage system like a Drobo), to subscribing to services like Cloudberry, Backblaze, SpiderOak, Syncplicity, or (a ProfHacker favorite) Dropbox. You should, of course, always be mindful of the limits to stability and security in the cloud, but online servic…