Archive for April, 2011
If you have multiple computers or own a smartphone – you’ll want to pay attention to my blog for April. Did you know that there is a VERY easy way to share files between all of your devices? That’s right, it doesn’t matter if it is Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone… they all work with Dropbox. And that’s just the start of the features available to you. Best part – it’s completely FREE.
Basically, Dropbox is your own personal folder that is out in the cloud. Cloud is a pretty popular buzz word in technology right now. The cloud simply refers to resources that are available on the Internet, from just about any Internet connected device. For example – I can store pictures from my vacation last summer in the cloud (via Dropbox) and be able to see them on ANY computer or device around the world. I can also share a link with my friends, so they can see the pictures as well. It’s a fairly complex process, but very simple to use.
So, how do you get started? First, you should get a username and password for Dropbox by going to their website at www.dropbox.com. From there, you can install the application on your computer or on your phone. You are entitled to 2GB of space out in the cloud. You can have more, but then the application is no longer free.
From there, it is very simple. It’s acts as a folder on your computer. Just save to it, or drag files into it – then, it uploads them automatically. That’s right, it automatically syncs when new files or changes are detected. And, since it is out in the cloud – Dropbox backs up your files, and you have virtually no risk of losing your important documents ever again!
This is a very impressive and powerful tool to use. In the past, you had to email yourself or set up a personal network in order to share files between computers. Now, it’s available to you, across all platforms completely FREE. Now, that’s powerful technology. Not only powerful, but very simple. Try it out, you’ll be glad you did! Click on the Dropbox logo above to get started!