Do you have more than one computer?
Do you have files you’d like to be able to use, easy, from more than one location without having to cart them around on a flash drive?
Do google docs occasionally annoy you?
If you answered ‘no’ to that third question, I hate to have to be the one to tell you this, but, you just might be a robot. If you answered ‘yes’ to any of them, then you might want to consider checking out Dropbox.
Dropbox is a neat little program that you can install on as many computers as you’d like. It creates a secure folder Out There on the Internet, and a copy of it on your computer. Files you copy or put into that folder get stored in the main Dropbox folder, and can be accessed either from any other computer with the program installed (so long as you give it your user info) or by going to their website and logging in there. Everything synchs automatically after you save and close a file, and appears miraculously where you next want it!
Okay, maybe not so miraculously, but for a girl who’s used to juggling word files over four laptops, this thing is pretty amazing, okay? You can also create shared subfolders within your main folder and share the files in them with any other dropbox users you invite into it. Easier, IMHO, than emailing ‘myfilev1.7’ back and forth every twenty minutes, if you do collaborative work a lot.
There are paid options, of course, but the standard free download (which takes about six seconds to set up) is free, and gives you 2G of storage space, plus an additional 250 mg if you were got there by following a referral link, like the one earlier in this post – or this one right here. 2.25 gigs of space isn’t bad, and you can get another 250 mg for each person you convince to sign up after you. They install the program and put a file in the folder, you get space.
It’s like a pyramid scheme, only with fewer crappy cosmetics or energy drinks, and more file storage!
Go on, check it out!