Part II Online Free Storage- Dropbox Free- All About Making It Easy To Sync and Collaborate

I wrote this two years ago but it remains my favorite collaboration and sync storage option when working with decent sized files that you can’t transfer by email-

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File this under cool free useful stuff on the internet.

What is Dropbox you ask?

From the website-

Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers

Put your files into your Dropbox folder on one computer, and they’ll automatically appear on any of your other computers that also have Dropbox installed (Windows, Mac, and Linux too!). You can even download Dropbox apps for your smartphone or mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry). Everything in your Dropbox is available from the Dropbox website, too.

I use it almost daily for files that I want to have access to on my android phone, desktop computer and iPad.  The feature I like most however is the sharing capability.  Kenny MacCarthy and I share an online Dropbox folder in which he copies the file of our weekly podcast when he is done editing it to and w can both access it.  I then grab the file from wherever I happen to be Home computer, on my mobile android phone or on my iPad at a coffee shop and I can then upload it to the blog.  The difference between this way of sharing and storing files through email is that Dropbox hosts theme everywhere at once because it is stored to the cloud and you can transfer and store huge files that would never be allowed through regular email because they are too large.

You get 2GB of free cloud storage and it opens up a ton of possibilities to host music, pictures or movies which you can stream from any of your devices.

You can’t beat it so if you want to get something  cool for free, you can go to the Dropbox website and sign up for a free account here

Here are some reviews from trusted tech websites that can probably explain it even better than me-

The appeal is its utter simplicity — it’s essentially invisible, doing the task that isn’t hard but none of us care to remember to do, namely, backing up our files.

from “There’s room yet in the cloud”

by G.F., The Economist – 8/24/10

We’re building the fabric for a new, different kind of Web, where your files follow you to whichever device you happen to be working on.

from “Dropbox: Files without Borders”

by Victoria Barret, Forbes – 6/10/10

Pick a file: a photo, text document, PDF, … or anything supported on the iPad. Tap the “Open In” icon and choose from the list of available apps. You’re done.

from “Dropbox Updated for iPad, External Editing Added”

by Charlie Sorrel, Wired – 5/4/10

Dropbox is better.

Dropbox replaces:

  • Emailing file attachments to yourself and other people
  • Using USB drives to move files between computers
  • Renaming files to keep a history of previous versions
  • Complicated backup software and hardware
  • And more!

Not convinced yet? Then take a look at our list of features. Otherwise, go ahead and get started!

Download Dropbox

Lifehacker posted a good explanation of ways to collaborate using Dropbox today.

5 comments

  • Dropbox is nothing short of a lifesaver! I use it all the time now.

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  • Capt Joe Santos

    Those Flake yard racks where Gordon Pew`s and where located on the lands from Capt Joe to and included behind Bob Clam shack. they where destroyed by a fire i belived in the late 50 i think. Where the Beacon Marine is was where the Gillneter used to dry there Net on large spools

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  • Thanks Joey, you are just the best. I signed up for dropbox, and they immediately gave me an additional 250 MB of space for accepting your invitation. I’ve already put a bunch of stuff in there and felt immediately more secure, because I’m really bad at backing things up. I haven’t tried using it yet for sharing files, but I can see that it will be invaluable, rather than trying to send files by email that are just to big to send.

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    • Exactly! We can set up a shared GMG folder and work on documents together. Kenny MacCarthy and I use it to work on the GloucesterCast. And it’s FREE! One of Tge best free pieces of software which works across all platforms seamlessly. I highly recommend it!

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  • When dealing with technology it’s all about memory and space and GMG is provided the wisdom and lessons for free :-)

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