Using Dropbox with Unix

Although last week saw some pretty exciting developments in the cloud storage (Google Drive announcement and SkyDrive free 25Gb space), the truth is that Dropbox is still the king of the cloud storage hill – it's hands down the easiest to use and integrate.

I've been a Dropbox user for a few years now, but have started using it actively only in the last 12 months or so. It's been an invaluable tool for me thanks to its integration with 1Password, the password tool of my choice. Dropbox also helps with lots of day-to-day tasks and thats why I decided it's time to share some of the tips.

Having used Dropbox extensively on Windows systems (XP on laptop and Win7 on desktops), I've recently moved on to using Dropbox with my Mac OSX desktop and Linux hosting.

So here are the top tips for using Dropbox with Unix – each one does wonders for me and so I hope you like them as well.

Important: If you're not a Dropbox user yet, please use this link to sign up – it means I'll get a small bonus (extra 500MB to my free account) for referring you.

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How To: Use yum behind proxy

I've got a few RedHat and CentOS VMs running on internal network of my server, and since updating them quite regularly is a habit I thought this little piece of advice will help all of you who run VMs in a similar scenario.

To make yum command use proxy, your best best is to edit /etc/yum.conf and add your proxy server reference:

proxy=http://192.168.3.1:3128

You don't have to restart anything but it may be a good idea to do yum clean all and then yum check-update:

[root@testvm1 ~]# yum check-update
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base: be.mirror.eurid.eu
* epel: epel.uni-oldenburg.de
* extras: be.mirror.eurid.eu
* updates: centosa5-msync-dvd.centos.org
base                                         | 3.7 kB 00:00
base/primary_db                              | 4.5 MB 00:01
cr                                           | 3.0 kB 00:00
cr/primary_db                                | 1.2 kB 00:00
epel                                         | 3.4 kB 00:00
epel/primary_db                              | 3.7 MB 00:00
extras                                       | 3.5 kB 00:00
extras/primary_db                            | 6.3 kB 00:00
updates                                      | 3.5 kB 00:00
updates/primary_db                           | 1.8 MB 00:01

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