Using Dropbox for Backups on Mac OS X

Published 4/16/2011 by Admin in Backups | Blog | OS X
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I had been lookng for a nice easy backup solution for my University coursework which required minimal effort on my part and was cheap/free. 

I signed up to Dropbox a while ago but never really started using it properly as I had to remember to drag files over to the folder for syncing. Then I came across this great guide on how to setup Automatic Backups on your Mac with Dropbox.


If you're not yet signed up to Dropbox you can get an extra 250MB free with with link (I also get an extra 250MB so thanks in advance!)


There's a great guide on creating Custom Overlays for iOS MapKit at: 

However it glosses over the part whereby you have to install Gdal. If your fairly new to Mac OS X and more familiar with a Windows background then you may need some extra info on how to go about it: 

Download and install the Macports.dmg from

Once installed you will need to provide yourself root privilages if you dont have so already.

  • Start System Preferences and select "Accounts".
  • Under the list of users press the "Login Options", and then next to that press the "Join..." button next to Network Account Server. (You will not be joining a network account server, this is just the way to get to the Directory Utility).
  • Press the button to "Open Directory Utility..."
  • Once you launch the Directory Utility, however you do it, then enable the root account by doing the following:
  • Click on the Lock icon and give the Administrator password to authenticate.
  • Pull down the "Edit" menu to "Enable Root User"
  • Pull down the "Edit" menu to "Change Root Password..." and enter a good, strong password for the root user.
Once you have root enabled you will need to go load up terminal (Applications - Utilites - Terminal)

Then simply enter "sudo port install gdal" 
If all goes well Macports should begin downloading and installing the most upto date version of Gdal.