Whoa! I’m back! Again! It’s been what, over a year since I last posted? I was going to write about the art of efficiently organizing your sock drawer but I usually don’t like to talk about textile fibers on the weekend. So I guess Dropbox it is. What is Dropbox and why should you care? Dropbox is a file synchronization tool that is amazingly useful for everyday life. STOP! I know this sounds super boring but don’t go to StuffOnMyCat.com just yet! Dropbox will pretty much stop the need for those USB flash drives that everyone loves so much. Here’s a couple of scenarios…
Scenario #1: College student using both a netbook and a desktop. This person also has a mild peanut allergy and once killed someone in Tijuana (allegedly) while looking to score some after-market air conditioning replacement parts for a window unit.
Let’s say this student installed the magical Dropbox on both his laptop and desktop. All the notes he takes for class using his netbook will automatically sync up with his desktop. So when he’s working on a paper on his desktop and he needs to reference his notes he doesn’t have to go find his netbook.
Scenario #2: A guy who takes his work home every day with him. His favorite phrases include “I can’t right now, I’m working” and “Eat without me, I’ll pick up a Taco Bell Five Buck Box that Rocks on my way home from work. Oh dammit, they don’t sell it anymore. This is turrible!” This person gets his only joy in life out of owning expensive portable gadgets, so he has an iPad and an Android Phone (iPhone Fanboys: maybe he likes making phone calls). He also has a small altar in the shed which he visits after taking out the garbage. Loud chants of “Kali Ma Shakti de” can be heard nearby when this happens. He can also talk to raccoons through sign language.
Mr. Workaholic will appreciate the fact that when he gets home, the spreadsheet he was working on will be just how he left it. Any changes he makes at home will automatically be updated as his workplace too. Also, let’s say he’s REALLY INTO mountain goats. He can place a couple of mountain goat photos in his Dropbox and they will magically show up at his work computer without having to worry about getting them there. So the next time he’s at work and gets passed for another promotion, he won’t have to take a break to go to the roof again. The roof that calls for him in a sweet eastern European voice saying: “Come see me, Jeff! I had a dream! You could fly! Come to me!” No. Instead of this he can look at his mountain goat photo collection to get him through another day. Did I mention that Dropbox works on mobile devices too? He can view/update his spreadsheet on the go and it would automatically sync up with all the other computers. Mountain goat photos on the go? SCORE!
I know you are already thinking “I’m gonna love your nuts” but THERE’S MORE. Let’s say you are visiting your friend with 2 cats who likes to play Guitar Hero 2 until the carpet on the floor starts moving towards him (no, that has never happened to me before). Let’s say you wanted to show this friend the Broadway musical you wrote about Guitar Hero but you accidentally left it at home. Well, my friend, you can access any of your files from any computer using the Dropbox web interface. Dropbox even provides a public folder where you can easily share files with other people. Whenever you update the file, the link is automatically updated so you don’t have to worry about sending people “old versions” of files. Now the list of prisoners you executed this year will always be up to date! Hooray for technology (and death)!!!
So how much is this wonderful service? It’s FREE for 2GB of space. They do sell larger plans but anything more expensive than free isn’t cool. Right, Hulu Plus? So check out Dropbox. Now where did I put my fire bars?