- by Bogo Giertler
Here, in the Technical Training, we saw people transferring their data in 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.
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!
|This 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.|