Archive for February, 2012

Backup your Google Docs documents to Dropbox

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Supernifty is pleased to announce a new, free service that enables you to backup your Google Docs documents to Dropbox.

Google Docs to Dropbox

Nobody cares more about your own data than you. Anything that you care about should be backed up. If you have anything on Google Docs that you care about, you should be backing this up.

Although Google mostly do a fantastic job, even they occasionally lose user’s data. It’s inevitable. Hard drives fail. Things catch fire. Accounts are hacked.

Your next big novel could be lost forever.

Enter Supernifty. Supernifty’s new free service exports all your documents from Google Docs to Dropbox once a week. Simple.

Being Dropbox, once your Google Docs are on Dropbox, they will then be synced down to your local machine. And you’re safe. Safe!

If Google go offline, or you accidentally overwrite your tax return, or reveal your password to the Russian mafia, you will still have your documents, safely and securely stored on Dropbox. Easily recovered.

I recommend you give it a try.

The service is new – we are actively adding features and looking for issues. If you try it out, please let us know what you think.

Note that neither Supernifty nor this service are afiliated with either Google or Dropbox.

Book Review – iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino provides a concise introduction to the possibilities of interfacing Arduino with iOS.

Much of the book concentrates on the Redpark serial cable. This cable simplifies many of the headaches involved with interfacing with iOS devices.

With the Redpark serial cable, things appear to be reasonably plain sailing, with the author providing step by step instructions to building a simple application that interfaces with Arduino, takes a reading from a sensor and plots it on the iPhone.

The book includes a number of useful tips along the way that may not be obvious to the beginner, such as how to easily track the log messages generated by the Arduino.

Finally, the book covers other communication options, if you don’t want to use the Redpark serial cable. This includes:

  • Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi
  • X-Bee
  • The microphone (a la Square)
  • USB; and
  • Midi

This is a short, readable book that covers the essentials; recommended if you want to get started in this area, particularly if you intend on using the Redpark serial cable for your interfacing requirements.

Note: This book was provided by O’Reilly Media as part of their blogger review program.

I review for the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program