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Posted by Amontillado
Aug 7, 2019 at 11:24 AM


I don’t like cloud sync. I have a feeling of loss of control and I don’t want to worry about unknown use of what I write.

USB devices aren’t as reliable as “real” storage, so I don’t want to keep my working copies on a cheap thumb drive.

Here’s my solution, which I fully anticipate won’t be popular. ‘S ok.

My Devonthink sync stores are all on a USB stick. I keep all my DT databases in a hierarchy of directories under Documents/DT. I made a quickie Automator script that will search for the DT databases and open them all. Then, File->Synchronize All in DT will make sure the USB drive has a current sync of everything. (Hold down the shift key when you use the File menu in DT to change Synchronize, which just syncs the current database, to Synchronize All.)

Other stuff I care about is synced with Chronosync. I suspect it’s not the best, because usually I learn the cool kids all use different stuff than me, but it works well for what I do. It’s probably overpriced, but I got it anyway.

Chronosync has a companion product called ChronoAgent (more money). Basically, Chronosync will sync folders, like between my hard drive and my thumbdrive, and it also knows how to sync with another computer over the LAN, if the other computer is running ChronoAgent.

ChronoSync also has a scheduler, which will keep a thumbdrive or ChronoAgent connection current.

If you want a completely free option, allow incoming SSH connections on one computer and run rsync on the other. Macs come with ssh and rsync. On a Mac, enable ssh connections with “sudo systemsetup -setremotelogin on”. Now, you can ssh in from another system and get a shell prompt, or run things like rsync that use ssh connections.

Turn inbound ssh off with sudo systemsetup -setremotelogin off, or check it with sudo systemsetup -getremotelogin. Set up automatic rsyncs with crontab -e (uses vi by default).

With Windows, the technique for doing this varies with which Linux distribution you choose for your replacement OS. :-)

Seriously, I’m sure at this late day and age there’s an easy way to implement ssh and rsync in the Microsoft world. I don’t have a Windows box to mess with, so I’ll leave those tips for others.


Posted by Marbux
Aug 7, 2019 at 08:00 PM


NoteCase Pro syncs via LAN (or the internet). The desktop version runs on, inter alia, macOS. There is an Android version. They share both an encrypted and a non-encrypted file format. For more details, see the online Help file at User Interface > Dialogs > NoteCase Pro Sync Admin. The Help file is at http://www.notecasepro.com/help.php


Posted by Dellu
Aug 7, 2019 at 09:29 PM


@Amontillado: I am also user of Cronosync. It is great pience of software for backingup, and for versioning files

But, the problem is CronoAgent cannot sync to mobiles such as Android. That is the problem I have right now.

@ Marbux: thank you for the suggestion. I am trying NoteCase


Posted by Amontillado
Aug 8, 2019 at 01:03 AM


Ah, to Android. Great mobile OS, but not supported by Chronosync.

I recently added scripts to my sync setups. Nothing fancy, just things to add a “last synced” message to a file on the root dir of my thumbdrive, so I can confirm I synced up on the desktop before I left the house.

Another thing it’s good for is creating a bootable mirror disk. There may well be better ways to do that, but I like the idea of a second bootable disk with a reasonably fresh image of my work.


Posted by Dellu
Aug 8, 2019 at 10:23 AM


washere wrote:
>If USB type-C, then adapter to micro USB & full USB. Many cheap plastic
>ones failed for me over last two years, these 2 metal ones are cool &
>never failed & cheap:

That is amazing comment. I never heard of OTG before.
Suddenly, you opened a new world to me.

I am planning to record an interview using my Blue Yeti USB microphone.  I never thought of any way of doing it other than the computer + the microphone. As you mention OTG, I realize that I can directly record from my microphone to my phone; even for video.

Thank you man.


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