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Forgot to bring your essay to class, use Dropbox to get you out of a pinch

posted Oct 24, 2009, 9:58 PM by Danny Eusebio


Imagine you have a major paper due today. Without realizing it, you rush out of your apartment. When you finally park your car and step out, you realize that your paper is still lying on your bed. FML. You don't have enough time to head back to your place, but you do have some time to print. That's when you realize you made mistake number 2. You forgot to save the file on a thumb drive. The last version you had was some rough draft you made 2 weeks ago. Useless. Well, if you ever get into a pinch, you might consider using this great service called Dropbox. It just might change your life.

Dropbox is essentially a free or paid service. You get up to 2GB of free space. Also, I think you get an additional 250MB free if you refer someone to the service. Anyhow, 2GB is plenty of space to store your documents on the go. You can think of other things to upload when you get use to it.

Why is it so great?
  1. Dropbox is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux (so no complaints). 
  2. Dropbox integrates into your computer like any folder.
  3. You can use it on multiple computers that you have.
  4. You can access it anywhere with an internet connection.

Fig 1: The Dropbox folder seamlessly integrates into your computer. You can quickly add it in your Favorites as well.

Fig 2:The online version of the Dropbox interface.

The next big plus about Dropbox is the ability to share a folder with someone. If you share them a folder, they'll have access to it on their desktop.

Conclusion

I'm still using the Dropbox today. I just recently installed and tried out the service. Honestly, I use Google Docs as a mean to organize my documents. However, Dropbox does have its advantages. Give it a try, it's free and easy to use.
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