Trouble Thinking

September 27, 2010

Dropbox: file sharing made worth my time

Filed under: Interesting Things — Tags: , , — Katherine Barclay @ 5:11 pm

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!

2 Comments »

  1. Dropbox is a great service… first heard about it half a year ago. Use it almost daily to move files to and from my Moto Milestone.

    Totally self serving link:
    If you want to try Dropbox, but don’t already have an account try signing up using my referal link. You’ll get an additional 250 MB (in addition to the 2 GB standard amount)

    http://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTkzNTAwMDk5

    Full disclosure: I’ll get 250 MB too. So everyone wins 🙂

    Comment by Tom Schmidt — September 28, 2010 @ 6:15 am

  2. That seems like a much easier way of storing files and accessing them elsewhere than constantly emailing them to myself.

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Comment by taekwondogirl — October 4, 2010 @ 6:19 pm


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