Thank you, Dropbox

18 February 11 ,

Recently, my iMac imploded. Or exploded. Or something. Whatever the case, with a pop and a lingering smell of electrical fumes, it died altogether.

But I had no rush of panic or freakout that I recall from previous computer meltdowns. In fact my reaction was more “Darn, what a drag” than “Oh my god oh my god what the f***?”. Why?


Dropbox is the best web app in the world

I actually have plenty of back up systems in place, including Time Machine and backup DVDs, so I really wasn’t in danger of losing a lot of precious files. But with Dropbox I didn’t even give it a second thought. All my project files are on Dropbox, so I don’t have to miss a beat in my work (aside from dragging my computer to and from the Apple store). Though I lost a couple of changes to the actual file I was working on, other than that I hopped over to my laptop, and all my files were there, just as they are on my desktop.

If my iMac’s hard drive is busted, yes, I’ll have to reinstall my applications. But all my real work files will be ready to go the second I install Dropbox. Here are some of the features I love about Dropbox:

  • It just works. Seamlessly and easily, with very little setup.
  • You can share folders, which makes it brilliant for collaborating.
  • Your files are still on your computer(s), so if Dropbox ceases to exist, they are still safe.
  • You can access your files from anything connected to the internet, including an iPad or iPhone.
  • The cost is so reasonable — $100/year for 50GB, or $200 for 100GB.
  • You can try it out for free, with a sizable 2GB account.

Seriously, try Dropbox you won’t regret it.

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