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I’m Down With Dropbox

February 1, 2011
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I keep reading about Dropbox (latest here), a program that allows you to store media and files in a special folder on one computer, which in turn allows you to synch it across all your computers as well as onto mobile devices. So no more e-mailing yourself files or loading up a USB stick so you can transfer stuff between computers and devices.

Here’s what Dropbox does (full tour is here):

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.

That sounds pretty useful, and I am always using a USB stick to carry files around and create backups. So I downloaded Dropbox (and even talked my wife–who uses multiple computers–into it).

I love that every modern writing problem has a modern writing solution. And when I see enough writers talking (raving) about a program, that’s when I pull the trigger. Same thing happened with Scrivener, which I now use for all writing projects.

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  1. February 1, 2011 2:32 pm

    Dropbox is a perfect partner for 1password ( ) which allows you to store encrypted passwords and autologin to sites and applications across your network of devices. It’s a lifesaver for us with hundreds of passwords needed for our business and has allowed us to move to randomized passwords instead of being tempted to use the same password over multiple sites / applications. It’s multi-platform, multi-browser and set up for use with Dropbox.

    • timzimmermann permalink*
      February 1, 2011 2:42 pm

      Hi Colin: Will check out 1password, but have Last Pass already (though haven’t fully started using it). Any experience with Last Pass? I’m also looking into Evernote.

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