Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tools of the Web - Dropbox

Hi there! Here I am coming with the second post of a useful tool you might consider to use on the World Wild Web of our days. It is none other than a the backup service called Dropbox. I was already dealing with it already in my Dropbox startup post, but to mention a tool like this twice is always worth wile.

In short, Dropbox is a file hosting service which creates a backup of your most important files with 0 (zero) additional effort from your side. As you save your files to your HDD they are saved in the cloud as well, given that you save it in a designated folder on your disk. It gives a warm feeling that everything is in a reasonably safe place in case something happens to the hardware. By saying this I am still not comfortable with the thought of a truck crushing my laptop or any other nasty things happening to it, at least I know that files are secure.

There are other useful sides of it as a very easy file sharing capacity, just by storing files in the "Public" folder and copying the link to it.
I also made use of the undelete functionality. :) This would be actually a very desperate situation if I don't have Dropbox on my side :) One day I managed to overwrite approx. 3000 lines of Fortran code with a blank file. Bad-bad thing... I had the previous version somewhere else as well, but in the current one I invested a day of work, so I would be very unhappy to loose it. With the Box I just went to the website and restored the previous version :) Just beautiful!

As always there is a nice video telling all the details, so I include it here as well:

If you want to try it out, here is an invitation link which should give some additional space to both of us :)

Note: I put together a short list of topics for the "Tools of the Web" which I intend to write up here. The reason of coming out with Dropbox now was mainly because of a comment/suggestion on Facebook (thank you Frederik!). Also I would like to thank to REAL for expanding the RSS feed topic :)
If you also have any suggestions for any other goodies, let me know by commenting below.

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