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« on: January 26, 2011, 03:50:05 AM »

I just signed up for Dropbox, and it's amazing. I've knew about it for a long time, but since I'm using iDisk (a part of Apple's MobileMe service), I didn't see a need. But I decided to sign up for the hell of it (and because there's this Dropquest that gets you 1 GB of extra space for free for completing it - good until midnight PST TONIGHT! Follow those steps to complete the quest; http://mathiasbynens.be/notes/dropquest-2011)

Anyway, this *blows* away iDisk, it's not even funny. And it works great on Windows, Mac and Linux, and there's an app for the iPhone/iPad and Android.

If you already have it, you know how awesome it is. If not, use this referral link, http://db.tt/mUbeo9O you'll get 250 MB on top of your free 1 GB (and if you complete the quest above in time, you get another 1 GB free! Nice, eh).

Disclosure: that referral link gets me 250 MB, too. So help me out here, and post your referral link here, too!
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2011, 04:10:07 AM »

I use it occasionally for, uh, completely legal things.... 

Actually, my family initially set up a dropbox account so that we could easily share pictures and the like. We even set up the screen saver on my grandmother's computer to cycle through all the pictures in the dropbox folder. So she constantly gets updated pictures hassle free.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011, 04:10:44 AM »

I've been using it for a few years now and I'm up to 5GB of free space and I love it. It's like a cloud version of a USB disk.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2011, 05:28:22 AM »

I use DropBox, and it's great. I also use MobileMe, but I use iDisk and Drop Box for different things. I'll put things up on iDisk that I want to link to on the Web. I also use Apple Backup to save key files there nightly. Dropbox is used for file transfers on and off my iOS devices.

I'm also a big fan of Evernote and 1Password.
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2011, 05:32:33 AM »

thanks for that link.  i have been at 2gb for quite a while now. 
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2011, 07:48:44 AM »

Agreed, Dropbox is brilliant.  I love it.  I don't use the app on my phone though, seems like a security risk since you only authenticate once - or has that changed?
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2011, 10:23:37 AM »

Without me looking, what exactly is this Dropbox? Online storage for files?
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2011, 10:31:05 AM »

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on January 26, 2011, 04:10:07 AM

I use it occasionally for, uh, completely legal things.... 
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2011, 10:52:27 AM »

Quote from: Daehawk on January 26, 2011, 10:23:37 AM

Without me looking, what exactly is this Dropbox? Online storage for files?

Yeah.  You get 2GB for free plus referral bonuses, and more if you pay.
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2011, 10:53:06 AM »

Quote from: Daehawk on January 26, 2011, 10:23:37 AM

Without me looking, what exactly is this Dropbox? Online storage for files?

yeah, basically its an FTP server, only made very easy to use, and to share with others.
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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2011, 03:09:02 PM »

Remember it also does versioning!

I've put hundreds of students on it simply to use as backup.
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2011, 03:39:20 PM »

If you install the client, you can have your files offline too and any changes will sync with the server as soon as you're back online.
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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2011, 04:18:27 PM »

To the two people who signed up via my link; thanks!!! We can get up to 8 GB extra via referrals, so we could get 10 GB for free if we trade referrals.

For using my referral, you get 250 MB to yourself, too, so it's win-win!

I'll pipe up when I'm at my maximum so you don't waste a referral. Post yours here, so we can all benefit!
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« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2011, 05:44:15 PM »

Use it for my photography business stuff and love, love it!  Will post a referral link later on if I get a chance.
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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2011, 05:45:18 PM »

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yes, I use it.
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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2011, 06:14:03 PM »

http://db.tt/Yqah4Om is my dropbox referral.
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« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2011, 06:26:42 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2011, 06:31:47 PM »

Oh... and the Dropquest 2011 is closed for any new participants. frown
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« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2011, 06:48:39 PM »

I even use it as my "My Documents" folder for work. And I have stuff in there (contact, network info) that I use for work so I can easily get to it on my Droid X.

Love it and it's become indispensable for me and my wife.
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« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2011, 11:15:49 PM »

Dropbox is great and pretty much a no-brainer but I've actually stopped using it and switched to SugarSync.

Sugarsync starts you off with 5gb free space for an account.  I also like the fact that they have a $5/month plan that gives you 30 GB (more than enough for lots of online photos, etc for me) where Dropbox's paid plans start at $10/month for 50 GB.

It does require a bit more user involvement so it's not really for grandmas, etc.
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« Reply #20 on: January 27, 2011, 12:58:24 AM »

What kind of user involvement does Sugarsync require that's more than Dropbox?
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« Reply #21 on: January 27, 2011, 04:28:08 AM »

Everyday. I use the Dropbox utility on my Macbook pro. Every file I save to the dropbox directory is automatically synced online. I'm a writer and having a good backup is essential. I only use it for documents. I haven't ever tried it for other types of files. I even have drop box on my ipad.
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« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2011, 05:23:25 AM »

OP, you're welcome smile

Here's mine: http://db.tt/1jMwj8c
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« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2011, 11:04:28 PM »

Quote from: Chaz on January 27, 2011, 12:58:24 AM

What kind of user involvement does Sugarsync require that's more than Dropbox?
Not much.  Dropbox is pretty simple and SugarSync aims for that but is a bit rougher around the edges.  They also have a lot more features available and make it easy to set things up like I have it: a "Photos" folder that syncs across three computers and a "Sync" folder that syncs across only two of those three computers.  Those folders could conceivably be anywhere on your system (not limited to a "My Dropbox" folder for example).
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« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2011, 12:29:04 AM »

I just learned that you can get another 768mb free by linking your social sites to it.

I'll need to confirm the link, but iirc, it's dropbox.com/free

that sugar sync sounds useful too. You have to muck about with symlinks to get that freedom with dropbox.
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« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2011, 12:50:46 AM »

Can you link the social sites and then unlink them while keeping the 768MB?
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« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2011, 01:02:08 AM »

Quote from: wonderpug on January 28, 2011, 12:50:46 AM

Can you link the social sites and then unlink them while keeping the 768MB?

Yep, no problem.

I've did them all, except for the Facebook one (because I don't have an account).
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« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2011, 01:05:41 AM »

Quote from: ravenvii on January 28, 2011, 01:02:08 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 28, 2011, 12:50:46 AM

Can you link the social sites and then unlink them while keeping the 768MB?

Yep, no problem.

I've did them all, except for the Facebook one (because I don't have an account).

you should join Facebook.  there's a GT group there where you can discuss stuff.


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« Reply #28 on: January 28, 2011, 05:37:03 AM »

I've got a Dropbox account, but I'm partial to Windows Live Mesh 2011 ( http://explore.live.com/windows-live-mesh )  

- Totally free
- There are Windows and Mac clients
- You can sync multiple folders between computers - the content doesn't have to live within a single root folder a la Dropbox. 
- 5 GB of your synced content can be backed up SkyDrive as well
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