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Sunday, September 5, 2010

IDriveSync: A Cheaper Alternative Of Dropbox

With the evolution of cloud based file hosting services, more and more users are attracted to online file back up services which allows you to store files on the cloud.

This is because a 260 GB hard disk is not enough anymore. You need more and more space and most importantly, you want to access those files from any computer you want.

With an online file hosting service, you can sync all your computers and mobile devices with ease. One of the very popular services is Dropbox. The free plan of Dropbox allows you to store up to 2 GB of data in the cloud and the pro plan costs $9.99 a month for 50 GB while $19.99 for 100 GB of space.

If you are looking for a cheaper alternative of Dropbox, here is another web service called iDriveSync, which offers considerate plans with more space.

What makes IDriveSync better than Dropbox?

IDriveSync offers a similar free plan for general users, which allows you to store 2 GB of data and sync them across multiple computers. What makes the service a strong Dropbox alternative is the Pro plan – with only $4.95 a month, you get unlimited sync space !

This is surely a great option for power users who work with a lot of data and want more storage space with cheaper pricing.

IDriveSync supports sharing files with anyone via email address, allows web access to your files, apart from synching them across multiple devices. It has all the features of Dropbox, so if you want a pro backup service with unlimited space, IDriveSync is the way to go.

The only downside of IDriveSync is that it is available only for Windows and not for OSX or Linux.

Using IDriveSync to Sync Files Between Multiple Computers

1. First you have to sign up for an account here. After you have signed up, download the IDriveSync client here.

2. After successfully installing the client on your system, you will see the following screen:

3. If you have already signed up for an account, click” I already have an account”. Otherwise sign up for an account by filling in the necessary credentials, e.g name, email address, password and so on.

4. After the sign up is complete, login to the IdriveSync desktop client.

5. In the next screen, choose use “Default Encryption key”. Please note that sharing files and folders with other users is not permitted if you choose a “private encryption key”.

Important: If you lose the private encryption key, you will not be able to recover the data stored in your IDriveSync account.

6. Next, you will be shown the main interface of IDrivesync. It’s advised to perform a bandwidth test from the options, this will allow you to check your internet connections upload and download speed.

7. Go to program preferences from tools and select a local folder in your computer. This folder is your IDriveSync folder and will be used to sync files from your computer to the IDriveSync account.

8. You are done with the settings. Now simply drag and drop files and folders in the IDrivesync main window and it will be synced with your online IDriveSync storage.

9. Sharing individual files or folders is easily achieved, just right click the file from the program window and choose “Share”.

This will open a pop up window where you can specify the email address of the person with whom you want to share the file or folder. Your friend does not need an IDriveSync account to download the shared file.

The best part about IDriveSync is that it allows you to choose between “Read” and “Read and Write” permissions so that the collaborators may either download or use the file, or they can update the older version with a newer one ( having write access).

The web interface of IDrivesync allows you to view, download or share your files and folders. Here is how it looks:

Overall, I am really impressed with IDriveSync service and the fact that it allows unlimited sync space for only $4.95 a month, it is undoubtedly a strong competitor of Dropbox.

Do you use any other online sync service ? What do you think about IDriveSync ? Please share your ideas through a comment.

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Locked Out While Upgrading Your Gmail Call Phone? Try This Fix
Posted: 27 Aug 2010 10:33 PM PDT
For those who are looking for a free/cheap ways to make international call, Google has recently released the Gmail Call Phone feature that you can use to make phone call to any numbers in the World in your Gmail. I believe that most of you will have already played with it, and some of you (who are not located in the United States) might have even locked your account accidentally.

For those who are not aware of the incident, if you are not located in United States, and you click the “Upgrade your account” in the Google Voice dashboard, you will get the error message ”Google Voice is not available in your country”.

From then on, you won’t be able to get to the Google voice dashboard or add credit to your Gmail CallPhone. Effectively, you are locked out from using the call services.

Luckily there is an easy way to fix this. All we need to do is to change our machine to an USA IP address and login to Google voice to cancel the upgrade. Here’s the steps:

In Windows/Mac:

1. Download and install Hotspot shield.

2. Run Hotspot shield

3. Open your browser and login to your Gmail account

4. Open another tab and go to Instead of the “Google Voice Unavailable” error message, you will now be prompted to setup Google voice.

We are not going to setup Google Voice since it is not available outside of USA yet, so what you need to do now is to click on the link “Cancel Your Upgrade”.

That’s it. Your account is unlocked. You can access your Google voice dashboard and add credit to your account.

In Linux

Since Hotspot Shield is not available for Linux, we have to use alternative method to connect to USA IP address.

One of the alternative is to connect to a remote IP using SSH. Once you are connected to the remote address, you can follow the same steps above to cancel your upgrade.

Does this method works for you? Let us know if you know of other ways to connect to a US IP address.

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