I have written a few posts using the medium template, as well as created a profile page using it. The template with background image looks good on a PC, but it looks fantastic on a tablet.
I just looked at my profile on a Nexus 7 and found that the entire image renders where on a desktop it gets cut off at the bottom.
By the way, I wrote this post using my Nexus 7 and found it works surprisingly well. The arrow pad is a wonderful tool for using Fargo on a tablet.
NOTE: After I wrote up these instructions and had already restored the file using Carbonite, I read an email from Andrew Shell in response to my query about Fargo back ups and learned that Dropbox automatically does version backups and restores of deleted files. Dave has edited the Fargo Docs article on Fargo and Dropbox with information about how Dropbox backs up files. Dropbox's built-in support for file backups and versioning gives me a deeper appreciation for its use with Fargo.
Yesterday I accidentally deleted all the posts to this site by deleting the high level calendar node in Fargo that contains them. Undo did not restore the node. I quickly exited from Fargo and opened my Dropbox account to find the OPML file had already been saved with the deletion. I also checked the two PCs to which I have Dropbox configured to sync files to, and by then the updated OPML file was already written.
I started looking to see whether Fargo made a backup, it does not, and it doesn't need to given that Dropbox provides backup with versioning. I recently just learned about about Dropbox's backup capabilities.
An alternative is to turn off Auto-save, thus providing a way to close a file, without saving, and re-load it to restore any accidental deletes. Another option is to decrease the frequency of auto saves by increasing the length of time between saves. Keep in mind that if you turn off auto-save that means you have to remember to click Save to save the edits you make to an outline.
If you browse the smallPicture folder in Dropbox you will find a folder named #hosting that may contain several files with an extension of pack. I think these files correspond to your named outlines, and the pack extension suggests it is a container of several files, kind of like a ZIP file. I sent an email to the smallpicture-user Google group asking whether that is a backup, and the response is basically no, it's a container for all the rendered HTML files that are used by FargoPublisher to send to the server hosting the named outline / site.
So, it would seem as though I had lost all of the content for this site, but then I remembered that one of the PCs with which I sync Dropbox to is backed up by Carbonite, which is an application that automatically backs up files and changes to files to a server on the Internet. The synced copy of Dropbox files are backed up by Carbonite, and even better, Carbonite retains several versions of changed files.
I accessed my Carbonite backup, clicked Restore, browsed to the location of the file, right-clicked the worknotes.opml file name and clicked Restored previous versions. I then selected a version with a date/time of before I made the accidental deletion, and restored that file using a different file name.
I wasn't sure whether to restore to the actual file name, so fearing that might mess up the named outline, I selected a different file name. Once it was restored to the smallPicture folder on Dropbox and synced, I opened the restored file along with the "original" Work Notes outline, copied and pasted the calendar node that I accidentally deleted. I then did a File, Render All Pages, and wa-la, my Work Notes blog was back in the state it was prior to the deletion.
I've used Carbonite to several years on my main desktop computer that has copies of my pictures. Carbonite automatically backs up files as it detects edits, and with home user accounts, you pay a flat yearly fee to back up an unlimited amount of data on one computer. You can also get service to backup multiple computers as well as a business account that will backup all the computers of a business. The one caveat of the type of account I have is that it only backs up local drives and not mapped drives to external storage devices.
You might open Fargo and find that it doesn't load as you expect. You don't see any of the icons that should be on the left side of the page, you don't see the T-Rex or any of the items on the right side of the page, if you have one, your menubar.opml items don't appear, and you don't see your name where the account settings drop-down menu is located.
Here is a link to a screenshot of what I described above.
Close the tab or browser window in which you opened Fargo
Log on to your Dropbox account
Click Apps, smallPicture, #prefs
Right-click tabs.json and select Delete
Open Fargo in a new tab or browser window
Fargo will load as expected, but you will not have any open tabs. At this point you can select File, Open to open any outline you have been working on and edit it as you expect.
Have at least one tab with one of your outlines
Open an outline using either File, Open by name, or File, Open by URL
Exit Fargo by closing the tab or browser window in which it is loaded
Open Fargo in a new tab or browser window
So far, every time I follow the steps above using either Chrome or Internet Explorer, I see the loading problem as described above. The problem appears to be triggered by keeping an external outline open when exiting Fargo. If you close an external outline before exiting Fargo the problem does not occur.
I have had another occurrence of the left and right icons / elements not loading, as I describe here. It seems to occur if I keep a named outline that is not one of my outlines, in this case it was Andy DeSoto's, open and exit out of the browser. The next time I open Fargo the issue appears and is resolved by deleting tabs.json.
Thanks to being able to take a peek at Andy DeSoto's Fargo site, I have been able to figure out how to get my menus back on my worknotes and profile.
Now to see if I can resurrect Sports Beat.
Phil Windley has written a piece about how Fargo aligns to something he calls Personal Cloud Application Architectures. I think the main point that Phil is making is that PCAA, of which he says Fargo is an example, allows users control over their data. As Dave says, there is no exporting of Fargo's data because it is written in a place where a user has direct access.
However, right now, Fargo has a dependency on Dropbox. If you don't have or don't want a Dropbox account, you can't use Fargo. Ideally, I think users should be able to specify Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, or Sync as their storage provider.
In order for this to happen, there needs to be an open API that all these providers use, similar to what Dropbox has implemented, so that developers can write and maintain one set of storage code. I don't now if such an API exists, and I suspect there isn't one because it would appear to be in the storage vendor's best interest to have a closed API that locks people into their service.
If you have a problem with Fargo where the left and right icons/elements don't load, go in to Dropbox and access Apps, smallPicture, #prefs and delete tabs.json.
Dave has flipped the bit and Fargo 2 is now in production. Now I need to figure out how to get my Disqus back on these worknotes.
And it is a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Won't you be my neighbor?
I've had a Mophie external battery charger for some time, and I swear that I have used it to charge my HTC One before, but today is the first time I have noticed that it does a slow charge of the HTC One.
I thought I bought the Mophie capable of charging iPads and other tablets rapidly, so I am surprised that it is slow charging the HTC One. I have to research this further.