Thu 4/17 Stop Syncing a Folder in Your Dropbox

My first post on Egg Freckles covered how to sync almost any folder on your computer using Dropbox and symbolic links. I couldn’t imagine a reason why someone would want to put a folder in their Dropbox and not sync it, until Stephen Hackett asked the question.

Is there anyway for a folder to be in a Dropbox sync’d directory, but not synced itself, and reside only on the local disk?

The answer wasn’t available in 2010 but it is now, Selective Sync.

  1. Create a new folder inside your Dropbox folder in the same location of the folder you don’t want to sync.
  2. Rename the folder you just created to the name of the folder you don’t want to sync.
  3. Use Dropbox’s Selective Sync preference to disable syncing for the folder you just created.
  4. Watch the empty folder you just created disappear from your Dropbox.
  5. Now move the folder you don’t want to sync to the same location inside your Dropbox as the folder that just disappeared.

Dropbox will continue to ignore this folder until you either rename it, delete its ghost copy from the Dropbox website, or disable Selective Sync.

It turns out Stephen Hackett came up with the same solution for his iPod Photo Cache folder.

Wed 4/16 Verify Your Domain WHOIS Data

Earlier today on EggFreckles.net.

On Jan 1, 2014, ICANN imposed stricter rules on the verification of domain WHOIS data. The registrant contact details should be verified via a link sent to the registrant email address. This policy affects newly registered domains and changes in the registrant contacts of existing domains.

It seems that the current registrant WHOIS details of the eggfreckles.net and eggfreckles.com domains were not verified. Please follow the instructions in order to have the verification emails sent again. Thus, you will be able to verify the registrant WHOIS details of the domains.

Verify your domain WHOIS details when requested, or your web site will become unavailable. That does not mean just eyeballing it like I did. Even if your information is correct, and has always been correct, you have to hit a button. I expect to see many websites drop off the Internet this year due to registrant negligence.

Tue 4/15 This is Your Brain On Mobile

Jeremy Vandehey offers this “critique of destructive smartphone habits diagnosed by someone that makes a living off of them.”

I made a promise to myself and my friends to live a more fulfilling life. I let a 2.3 x 4.5 inch piece of glass, metal, and plastic get in the way of that. I made a few small changes that compounded into a better prescription than any anxiety medication. I started rehabbing slowly by rethinking how, why, and when I used my phone. I became very meticulous about when I could and could not use my phone. I went as far as making it inconvenient to use apps I didn’t actually NEED.

Almost two years ago I switched to a dumb phone. Then last year I bought a cheap smartphone to use at the office or on weekend trips. Most of the time I leave my phone charging on my desk.

I check the time by looking at a watch on my wrist. Now I spend more time talking to the people around me, or just daydreaming. By not always being connected, I value my time more.

Jeremy provides a good list to get started. But did I mention I just bought a new phone. Four inch screens are a tough habit to break.