All these “dropbox replacements” are missing the point

So, I’ve been seeing in the tech news about a recent multitude of self-styled “Dropbox replacements”.

And that’s silly.  What nobody seems to understand (or they willing ignore) is the fact that Dropbox isn’t some standalone remote storage thing. It’s not just a place to store files and have them sync across your computers.  They are, to overuse a word, an entire ecosystem, and they’re only expanding their reach.

What do I mean, you ask?

Simple.  Sure, I can store files in Dropbox, and I can store files in the replacements, but it’s accessing those files that’s important, and here Dropbox has everybody beat.

All my favorite cross platform (and that includes desktop/mobile crossplatform) app have Dropbox support built in to them.  That’s not so critical in a desktop app, but it is for mobile.  I can’t just change where a mobile app pulls it’s data from, and this is where Dropbox wins, hands down.  They’ve been around long enough, and are easy enough to work with (for developers) that they’ve achieved some amazing market penetration, and they’re only making their product more attractive for developers and users alike.

That’s what all these “next Dropbox”, “Dropbox done right”, “Dropbox replacement” press releases miss.  They don’t just have to store things better than Dropbox, they have to be so much better that Dropbox that they easily overcome their inertia.

I don’t see that happening soon.


TIL: Time Machine + iMac + USB + “encrypting drive” = hate

So, after Christmas, I bought an external USB HDD dock, and the HDD to go in it.  The purpose was to setup Time Machine on my iMac.  Since it has a ginormous amount of storage, nothing I had would actually back it all up.

I got it, hooked it up, and it worked.  Then I realized I didn’t format the disk as “secure”. Which isn’t awful, but I’d like my data encrypted.  OSX Disk Util has this thing where it will encrypt the disk in the background, so I did that.

Large mistake.

After that, every time I plugged the disk in, it would continue background encrypting. Then, after some period of time, it would eject itself, and turn off my bluetooth controller. Which would have been fine, except my keyboard and mouse are connected via bluetooth.

Eventually (months of not backing up later), I just re-formatted the HDD encrypted, instead of doing it in the background.

It’s all rock-solid now. Weird.

Wait…what? (or: I don’t even…)

So now we have Saint John Paul II. Because of the *miracles* you see.

He’s got to have _two_ of them to be a saint. Since one could be a fluke, or something, but two just, seals the fucking deal. Whatever.

The fantastic part? The 2nd miracle was a woman who had some sort of brain swelling, but the Pope spoke to her through a *picture* and cured her.

That’s right. Traumatic (fatal) brain swelling/bleeding + imaginary hallucination of pope voice == miracle.

Well, spank my ass and call my Thomas, if I had deadly brain swelling, I might fucking hallucinate that the Pope was speaking to me too.

I *also* might hallucinate that I was Superman, the Earth was my testicle, and the Moon was our darling love child.