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"I will safely assume anyone who reads this blog is probably already up to date with Dropbox and its features. Please share this article with colleagues at your school who still have not migrated over from the USB key days of the mid-2000s."
Dropbox is my number one productivity tool that I use every single day, both for teaching and personal purposes. If you are still toting around USB thumb-drives and moving files from your home and work computers that way, keep on reading. If not, feel free to check out some of my more advanced Dropbox articles listed below.
For the completely uninitiated, Dropbox is a cloud storage solution that is free for the everyday user. Dropbox will give you (a rather paltry) 2GB of space when you first sign up. You can increase your free space to up to 19GB by doing certain tasks (referrals will net you an extra 500MB each). If you find that you need extra space, you can opt to purchase additional storage of up to 500GB total.
This was my first USB thumb drive: 256MB. Was I ever excited, this was the equivalent to over 177 of those 3.5 inch discs! I now own one that is 64GB which I use for watching movies on my PS3.
Let me quickly illustrate what most people did for file sharing a few years back, before Dropbox.
Was this you? Or is this still you?
Things will become problematic when a USB key gets lost or misplaced. Hopefully you still have the last version saved on your hard drive! Did you lend your USB to someone and s/he corrupted the files, or deleted them by accident? Tough luck if you didn't back it up. Wear and tear of your USB might even cause it to break and be unusable.
Dropbox to the rescue!
I began using Dropbox in 2009. What a game changer! There are so many features of Dropbox, I can not even begin to try to describe them all.
Here are what I feel are the basic features:
There are other features, specifically for the iOS app, that Dropbox offers. Check out these Dropbox articles that I have written in the past:
Don't have Dropbox yet? Get it at dropbox.com (I've maxed out on my referrals, so find someone who has it, and get them to refer you! They will appreciate it!)
Any other Dropbox tips you can share with us would be greatly appreciated! Leave them in the comments!
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