Get a direct link to public files shared at

Over the past few days, I’ve been tinkering around with the cloud storage site It’s a lot like Dropbox and the others.

After exploring Google Drive’s ability to host files and provide direct links, I wanted to see if Copy could do the same thing. Turns out it can for most files (not html). below is an example:

change this:

to this:

I made a bookmarklet that does the URL hacking for you. Follow the steps below to put it into use:

  1. Drag this link to your bookmarks bar: Clean Copy
  2. go to the public URL of a file shared at
  3. click “Clean Copy” bookmark to get a direct link to the file

(UPDATE: made some changes. The bookmarklet about doesn’t work any longer. Changing the path still seems to work fine.)


Speaking of bookmarklets, here is one that will switch your Google Drive folder to a hosting folder like I described in a previous post.

New look at your files with SpaceMonger

Every few months the IT folks at my school send out a note to all the teachers who are using too much disk space.  I’m never sure what to do when I get this message.  What exactly should I delete?

SpaceMonger is a little piece of software that gives you a quick visual of your disk space.


Each file is a box– the bigger the box, the bigger the file. (The display above is from a drive I use for video editing. Converting those VHS tapes of our wedding to DVD has taken up most of the drive.)

There are two versions of SpaceMonger. The new version can do more, such as display your drive information with graphs and charts. However, it is a trial version; it costs $20 to use it after 30 days.  I’m just using the free version.  It is one little file that can run from a USB flash drive so you can check any computer you want (well any Windows computer, sorry Macs and Linux users).