Sidekick98 in Dropbox
Sidekick98 in Dropbox
Travelling with Sidekick98 alongside, is easy these days and I carry a laptop less than 1kg and need nothing else.
Sidekick has excellent print-outs for Address, Memo, and Calendar and as my wife likes this,we have that alongside as well.
Even more, there is a usb pen with Sidekick files converted to dbf,doc,pdf,xls, etc files with pdf the most used in other computers.
I used to have a Palm Zire until it went wonky but it was more of a plaything than today’s laptop.
The reason for adding Dropbox is that it is there at least as a secure back-up accessible anywhere for any computer.
So far, I see two uses:
a) Keep the master files on Dropbox as automatic back-up. They can be accessed directly by Sidekick in the normal way.
b) Use Sidekick98 web versions for access from any computer in any location.
Normally, when we use a Sidekick file, it’s location is in the Starfish USERDATA file with a name such as ADDRESS.SKCard. Using “Publish to the web” we can create a WEBCARD file and send this Contacts card to our own website as an html. It works independently inside the website but the way my website is set up, anybody with know-how can access it, and it can take time to upload.
With Dropbox in mind, I have published to the web, creating the WEBCARD file in the USERDATA as usual. This I have then copied to the Dropbox file. Thereafter, on entering the Dropbox site, and using my Dropbox password , I can download WEBCARD from the Internet with any computer in any location. It will work in an html browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox etc. The htm cards to click on are bucard or buindex depending on which layout you want.
Finally, you might have reason to keep WEBCARD on the ‘any’ computer but normally you delete anything you might have saved during this temporary use.
It can also be done with the calendar WEBCAL and the layout and usage are identical to the Sidekick original.
Changing or amending the data is not being considered here because you can do it to WEBCARD or WEBCAL and upload back into Dropbox from ‘any’ computer, but not to your original Sidekick file.[/b]
If instead of creating an html file, you simply put ADDRESS.SKCard file in Dropbox it has the distinct attraction that you can use this location instead of USERDATA and you can make it your master file. This means Dropbox always has the latest Sidekick file accessible by any computer you then use, not just html files. Obviously if the ‘any’ computer has Sidekick you use it, but the near certainty is that the available software on the ‘any’ computer would require downloading the SKCard to Excel, Word, OpenOffice . The layout is affected by the fact that Sidekick allows a lot of freedom per line which you do not get with any other PIM. It works fairly well with Memos but not really Contacts. It is usable if you are searching for info and creating a pdf file worked best with me. This can also be applied to SKW2 sdb and skn files.
At the end of the day, I suppose it is just another ‘portable’ permutation. However, I like this idea of having secure internet storage access from any location with any computer and at the same time, a back-up file that syncs with the master file.