I saw this dialog box on my PC the other day:.
New song and video from Queen’s Roger Taylor, from his forthcoming album ‘Fun on Earth’.
It’s growing on me.
Following up from my post last week where I posed the question Copy – could this draw me away from Dropbox? last night I began transferring files from Dropbox to Copy to see how it compares with my data in place.
Today I’ve been using a third party web-based service called Mover to transfer the files from cloud to cloud, which is faster.
Before I go on, though, I just want to say thank you to everyone who used the referral URL https://copy.com/?r=SJuusn which gives both us an extra 5GB. My Copy account is now four times larger than a standard free, 15GB account—it is now a massive 60GB. Thank you.
Obviously, the simplest option when migrating from one cloud-storage host to another would be to manually copy my files from the Dropbox folder to the Copy folder in My Documents.
I’ve done that with a few folders with only a handful of files in them, simply to judge the speed that Copy uploads them into the cloud.
The trouble with this method, however, is that on a domestic ADSL broadband connection my upload speed is significantly slower than my download speed; that’s what the ‘asymmetric’ bit of asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) means.
A faster method would be to transfer the files from my Dropbox account my Copy account in the cloud and then download them to my Copy folder on my PC, as my download speed is much faster.
It turns out that I’m not the only person to have thought of that. So this morning I signed up for a free account with Mover. The free account allows me to transfer up to 10GB of files from one service to another, after that it costs US$1.00 per GB (minimum of 10GB).
They support a wide range of services too:
- Amazon S3
- Google Drive
- Microsoft SharePoint
- Microsoft SkyDrive
- Web Dav
Within only a couple of minutes I had an account created, which was then given permissions to access my Dropbox and Copy accounts and the transferring began.
The user interface is nicely intuitive: add source (in this case, Dropbox), add a destination (Copy), tell Mover which files to transfer, click “Transfer Now!”
What’s also nice is that it doesn’t require my PC to be on while Mover is copying files as the transfer is happening in the cloud, and I can gradually download the files when my PC is on.
But as you can see from the screenshot above, the default view is rather dull: white background, uninspiring syntax highlighting. It’s a shame that you can’t match the Chrome developer tools code panel with my text editor of choice.
Well, it turns out you can! Chrome provides a “User StyleSheets” directory into what you can drop a Custom.css file.
- C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\User StyleSheets\
- ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/User StyleSheets/
- ~/.config/chromium/Default/User StyleSheets/
A number of people have also done the hard work for us and made available ready-to-use CSS files for various themes. These are my two favourite dark themes:
Having saved the code to your Custom.css file and saved it, Chrome updates immediately:
One of the immediate attractions is that their basic, free account offers 15GB of storage space, compared with 2GB on Dropbox, for example. As a limited time offer they will also give you and me an extra 5GB if you sign-up from this referral URL: https://copy.com?r=SJuusn
So far I’m impressed. The software does everything I want it to:
- Windows and Android applications
- Easy Web access
- Selective sync
- Ability to share files and folders
- Bandwidth throttling
Of course, I need to look into the privacy issues but this may be a contender for moving me away from a Dropbox subscription.