Hot in Fever – Gruber’s Post on Dropbox as the iOS Linchpin

Currently hot in my [Fever]( instance – **Gruber’s Post on Dropbox as the iOS Linchpin**

The [original post]( and a [subsequent followup]( from Gruber. The major quote that people have latched onto is:

> The scary part though, is that one recurrent theme I see in nearly every single “how I write on the iPad” story is Dropbox. It’s the linchpin in the workflow.

My favorite response [comes from Ben Brooks](

> Here’s the thing though: iCloud’s problem is a UX/UI issue (i.e., easily fixed). Dropbox could easily shift into iCloud, but that’s not the service that they sell and they won’t get that kind of OS level integration from Apple or Microsoft — both have competing services — and therefore a technically easy shift becomes nearly impossible because of the competitive landscape

Really good take and something I had not considered.

Links related to this:

* [Shawn Blanc](

* [Michael Tsai](

* [Minimal Mac](


Downloading a Dropbox File from a Given Link


> First, you can click the link, wait for your web browser to start loading the file, click in the location bar, hold down the Option key, and then press Return. The file will download.

> Alternatively you can append ?dl=1 to the end of the link, so This will force your browser to download rather than preview the file.

Good tips to file away.

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Be Careful when using Dropbox’s 2-Factor Authentication with 1Password

> The bottom line is that I am strongly recommending that 1Password users not be early adopters of this.

Some good points that I did not consider before I enabled 2-factor authentication for [Dropbox]([^aff]. I hope I do not regret my decision.

[^aff]: Affiliate link where I get slightly more Dropbox space if you sign up.


How to Enable 2-Factor Authentication for Dropbox

The guys at Macworld explain how to enable Dropbox’s 2-Factor Authentication.

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Security Options in the Cloud

Another excellent instructional article from the guys at [TechHive](

> Not everyone wants to hold the keys to their own data, and would prefer a trusted provider takes that role on, partly because the loss of a password or key means absolutely no way to restore data or access files that are locked away. But if you’re interested in maintaining your own data’s security, you can leverage a cloud provider or software to be the lord or lady of your own domain.

I wish [SpiderOak]([^aff], and their encryption of your data before it’s sent to the server, would get the same kind of ubiquity that [Dropbox]( has. That would ease some of my security concerns.

[^aff]: Affiliate links that increase my storage space when someone signs up from the link.

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New Version of Dropbox featuring Mountain Lion Support

I have found that the “auto-update” functionality in Dropbox has some problems[^nowork], so people who have upgraded to [Mountain Lion](*bqlTuiXSo&offerid=146261&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=1826&[^aff] might want to go to the website and download it manually.

[^nowork]: And by problems, I mean it never works.

[^aff]: Affiliate Link

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Dropbox Upgrades their Plans

When [Google Drive]( was released, I hoped it would cause [Dropbox]([^footnote] to give its subscribers more storage at a lower price. That is exactly what happened earlier today.

[^footnote]: Affiliate – Additional Space Link