Update: Oct 8th, 2009

- by Bogo Giertler

Here, in the Technical Training, we saw people transferring their data  boxin so many different ways, we lost the count. Sending the .doc files  to oneself, posting to Rapidshare, publishing to Scribd, carrying a  
pendrive around – it’s just a small sample of how creative some of you  are. Now, there exists a free, simple remedy to all these problems and  it is called Dropbox.

Dropbox is a free service that will allow you to automatically  synchronize a folder on your hard drive across computers you use and,  if you wish, your mobile devices. To assure that all the files are up  to date, a special application is installed in the background to  synchronize your files with the Dropbox cloud as soon as you commit  
any change to the hard drive. Since Dropbox synchronizes the data  directly to your computer, no Internet connection is required as long  as you do not need to update files on the servers or the hard drive.  In case of version conflict (i.e. concurrent editing on multiple  computers), the intelligent versioning system will ask you how to  proceed. Files backed up with Dropbox can also be accessed throughn an  easy-to-use web interface.

Dropbox Safari Shot


Furthermore, Dropbox allows their users to share files publicly,  either as files and folders (through the Public folder) or stylish,  clickable galleries (through the Photos folder). This is done simply  by placing the files in appropriate folders on user’s hard drive – the  background app immediately takes care of the rest.

Dropbox comes with 2 gigabytes of free storage (more available to  purchase) and a built-in Time Machine, so even if the file is gone  from one of the your computers, the document will still be preserved  in the backup on the website. You can also scroll through all the  revisions that were uploaded to the website – so if something broke in  the document you are working on, there is working a copy on the  Dropbox server.

Last but not least, the company guarantees its users complete privacy  and ownership over the files uploaded to the servers.

As you see, the number of uses you can devise for Dropbox is pretty  much limitless. To get you up to speed with what you can do, Dropbox  has a series of beautifully hand-drawn tutorials, that will make you  laugh to tears. So, if you want to finally throw this old USB flash  drive away at last, go to getdropbox.com and sign up!


cautiongrayThis post is for informational purposes only. The technologies and services discussed are not officially endorsed or supported by the Colby College Information Technology Services department. Colby account holders should review the College’s Information and Data Security Policy and Best Practices guidelines, especially as they pertain to the handling of sensitive data.

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