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I'm looking for the inverse of this. I want to quickly transfer a piece of text from android to my computer. One way to do is chat with myself using gtalk or fb. But I'm looking for some better way preferably without using Internet and using wifi only. It would be nice if I have a "People nearby app" that can talk with empathy client.

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"Without using Internet and using wifi" doesn't make sense to me. Can you clarify? – Matthew Read Apr 25 '11 at 13:20
@Matthew I think he means over wifi (or bluetooth?) only – Bryan Denny Apr 25 '11 at 15:14
Yes, by means of wifi or bluetooth only. – balki Apr 26 '11 at 6:20
@Matthew Read: Strange as it may seem in this age of "cloud", it is quite possible to have a local IP network without any Internet access. For example, if your ISP has a service outage, this is unlikely to affect communication between devices on your home (internal) network - e.g. your media center, the gaming console, the desktop computer and the droid will still "see" each other. (See my answer for an example of a LAN app) – Piskvor Jun 24 '11 at 19:44
@Piskvor Yeah, I know. I was hoping for clarification on the situation, since he doesn't specify he wants it only to work when the devices are on the same network. – Matthew Read Jun 24 '11 at 19:53
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There's an app called Remote Web Desktop by SmartDog Studio. It enables access to your phone through your desktop's browser, over the local network (i.e. no connection to the Internet is necessary (I use it with both phone and desktop on the same WiFi AP); phone acts as HTTP(S) server on non-standard port (configurable)).

The simplest method is "shared clipboard": select the text on your phone, copy to clipboard, and it's immediately accessible from the desktop computer.

The app has a free (ad-supported) and paid (~$4 USD) version; the free version allows connection over HTTP, paid also offers HTTPS.

Full disclosure: I'm a (happy) user of this app, no other connection.

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Catch synchronizes notes from various sources (PC or phone) automatically. Unfortunately it requires an internet connection, but that can be via wifi and not the phone's data plan. So, while not ideal, I think it's better than sending yourself FB chat messages.

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If your PC and phone both support blue tooth you should be able to tether the two together. Alternatively you should be able to use a USB chord to attach your phone as a USB device and drag and drop from your phone's data to your PC; I can do this with my HTC EVO 4G.

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How does this answer the question? Bluetooth tethering in and of itself doesn't provide a way to quickly transfer text, and creating text files and moving them via USB seems like a really clunky method. – Matthew Read Apr 25 '11 at 16:36
I agree with Maththew... – RG-3 Apr 25 '11 at 19:43
Yes, I don't want to transfer text files. I just want to transfer clipboard contents - a phone number or sms or bookmark or a memo etc., – balki Apr 26 '11 at 6:18

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