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Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Oh no, the file I need is on my other computer!"

Did you ever find yourself at the office and the file you need is on your computer at home? Or vice versa? Always a frustrating situation. You’ve tried emailing files to yourself and carrying around a flash drive, but you always have to remember to save or email your file every time you update it. Not an easy thing to remember!!

Dropbox is a file synching and sharing program that solves that problem. You can save your file to your computer at home – and the updated version shows up on your computer at the office. Or on your iPhone! You can also save photos or, believe it or not, an Outlook .pst file. You can actually use Microsoft Outlook on more than one computer and have all your mail and contacts will be exactly the same!

And you KNOW how I love free!! You can store up to 2GB of data on Dropbox for free. This is a BUNCH of data! The only time I ever threatened to go over that limit was when I had the bright idea to store movies on it so I wouldn’t have to carry any DVDs when I was traveling. Who was I kidding - I don’t watch movies on vacation! But in case you DO want to store more, they offer 50GB of storage for $10 a month ($99/yr), and 100GB for $20 a month ($199/yr).

I’ve been using Dropbox for about 5 months now and still get a kick out of it. I use it mainly for photos and for my check register, so I can access them from my iPhone. You can share files among all your different devices or share with collaborators easily, all over the web. Take a look at www.dropbox.com.

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