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kuma
21-10-2010, 01:18 AM
Here is something that I believe many here can use.

How many of you here use more than 1 computer or device, like a desktop and a notebook, or maybe a desktop at office and a notebook at home.

Well if you do, than its probable that you use a usb drive [thumbdrive, pendrive, flashdrive]...to port your work docs and spreadsheets,photos, etc, so you can work on both computers.

NOW...how often have you forgotten where you left that tiny drive....on the desk at office or at home, or just when you needed it to finish the project or do that presentation....you cant find it. It has happened to me more than once. In fact, 2 years back...1 of mine even took a bath in the washing machine :D

Well, scanning the Net like I often do....I've found a useful solution to it....very handy and best part its Percuma :D...Actually, have been using for about 3 months now...no problem.

Its called Dropbox.

Just download the 'Box' to both [or more] of your PC and it saves plus syncs all the files you drop into that Box. 2 Gig of storage space given plus if you are using someone else PC,...still can access via online [password needed so safe]...on top of that, it acts as a Backup too!

Watch the video, self explanatory > Click Here For Dropbox (http://goo.gl/q9ig)

I hope you find this useful.

ps.
2 Gig space is Free and thats ample..they sell additional space but its pricey. You need to signup, however my experience over these months is that I have never received any sales or unnecessary promotional stuff from them.

pss
Mod, I know that this should be in the "Computer Layman Help" section....but I felt that many a "Layman" [and LayWoman] :eek: .....rarely scroll that far down on the Homepage, that they may miss something that may prove useful to them. Sorry :o....maybe you can move it there if necessary.

bslee
21-10-2010, 01:43 AM
All very good BUT..... people like me cannot afford Unifi and stuck with 1mb Screamyx..I'd be twiddling my fingers, sucking my thumbs, perhaps trying to see if my toenails need a trim or now...all waiting to upload a couple of hundred miga bytes over 512kb narrow band upload speed. How leh?

kuma
21-10-2010, 02:24 AM
All very good BUT..... people like me cannot afford Unifi and stuck with 1mb Screamyx..I'd be twiddling my fingers, sucking my thumbs, perhaps trying to see if my toenails need a trim or now...all waiting to upload a couple of hundred miga bytes over 512kb narrow band upload speed. How leh?

Free Ma!...What can you lose?....so try and see how fast can upload...if its too slow...just drop the Dropbox :D

I have told some of my buddies about it, months back when I just tried it...many of them are using 'SteamX'...they seem quite happy....

Of course...if your primary use would be to upload 500MB presentations or vids, then quite frankly, a usb drive is ideal. I dont think this Drop thingy will be ideal, unless you plan to share the file.

This is great for that unfinished letter you were writing to your Boss about a pay rise....that you needed to take home to finish with inspiration from your wifey :D ...Horrors if you left the thumbdrive on your office desk ;)

OR...that graphical love note to your girlfriend in Shēnzhn that you are still editing for those 'right' words....mayhem if wifey checked your usb drive. :eek:

He He....ideas are a plenty ;)

DarkNite
21-10-2010, 08:02 AM
Have used it some time ago, like bslee pointed out connection is a major draw back. The 2Gb is ok for office document and a few ppt presentation. In some cases I had to call ahead to the client, see if they allow me internet access but in the end, I end up carrying a usb stick as a backup.
If using between home and office where sure to have internet access, then I guess it is ok. Think if ALL Bolehland is Unifi-ed, then I may go back to using it.

birdy
21-10-2010, 08:11 AM
Have used Dropbox before.. one of the major setback was assuming you are sharing the file with someone, you won't be prompted that the other person is editing your file, until when you save your copy... then it auto-generate a duplicate copy that your friend has edited. If it can work like in local network, where it will prompt you that someone is editing your file upon opening the file, that would be very good.

On top of that, it can be resource draining too as once you are connected to the internet, it will automatically update the files for you (assuming the folders are shared with your friends). It will take sometimes to update all files, depending on the speed of your connection.

However, for personal storage folder, I think it's quite good.

bslee
21-10-2010, 10:15 AM
I just stuff my numerous thumbdrives and memory cards in a nice lead crystal bowl which is placed somewhere nice at my living area. Take it to use, then put it back in the same place everytime. Never lost as those are destined to stay within the confines of my home.

P.S. Speaking about pendrives, I've have in my posession a FAKE branded pendrive gotten from that big country up north. The drive is 256GB. I repeat..256GIGA BYTE. Take my advice..NEVER buy any of these products from that land. High chance its a good fake!
No, I'm NOT in regret. Its a sample of a faked product for my own experience and research.

marc0
21-10-2010, 11:25 AM
2010 Online Data Backup Review Comparisons (http://online-data-backup-review.toptenreviews.com/index.html)

toptenreviews.com has ranked SugarSync higher than DropBox in terms of features, ease of use, price and support.

SugarSync (https://www.sugarsync.com/)

DarkNite
21-10-2010, 11:31 AM
I just stuff my numerous thumbdrives and memory cards in a nice lead crystal bowl which is placed somewhere nice at my living area. Take it to use, then put it back in the same place everytime. Never lost as those are destined to stay within the confines of my home.

P.S. Speaking about pendrives, I've have in my posession a FAKE branded pendrive gotten from that big country up north. The drive is 256GB. I repeat..256GIGA BYTE. Take my advice..NEVER buy any of these products from that land. High chance its a good fake!
No, I'm NOT in regret. Its a sample of a faked product for my own experience and research.
big country up north? Thailand? I always buy IT products from Bangkok. I find that their range is better and of course cheaper price. Yes there are fake stuff there but I guess as a Foreigner, one has to do their homework well before buying from Pantip Plaza especially when it come to warranty issue.

bslee
21-10-2010, 11:35 AM
Not that near lah... that big big land that many of us "pendatang" seemed to have come from or urged to go back to.... :D :D
Anyway, prices for IT products are better and purchased here for any warranty issue...period! :) Legitimate goods are NOT to be thought as cheaper there.

kuma
21-10-2010, 11:43 AM
2010 Online Data Backup Review Comparisons (http://online-data-backup-review.toptenreviews.com/index.html)

toptenreviews.com has ranked SugarSync higher than DropBox in terms of features, ease of use, price and support.

SugarSync (https://www.sugarsync.com/)

Looked at SugarSync....possibly has more features....BUT Free for 30 days only, then $5 a month minimum :eek:

Dropbox is FOC for life for 2 Gig....more than enough space for many average comp users.

marc0
21-10-2010, 06:56 PM
Looked at SugarSync....possibly has more features....BUT Free for 30 days only, then $5 a month minimum :eek:

Dropbox is FOC for life for 2 Gig....more than enough space for many average comp users.

That free 30 days Trial is for the 30GB plan after which it will cost US$5/mth.


SugarSync's 2GB Plan is FOC for life just like DropBox.


Free 2 GB Plan: Not a trial but a free account with no credit cards and no monthly payment.

~

kuma
22-10-2010, 12:19 AM
That free 30 days Trial is for the 30GB plan after which it will cost US$5/mth.


SugarSync's 2GB Plan is FOC for life just like DropBox.
~


Oh OK...didn't seem to find any link to FOC 2G....will look again. TQ

Apek
24-10-2010, 07:05 PM
When you have important files to work on, the last place you want to store is the Dropbox.

In the first place we don't know how safe it is. Can the company just go bust and everything you have there are gone?
Also, is it secured? Can someone also access your files?

And lastly, how sure are you that your Streamyx or whatever broadband you are using ALWAYS work at bot end of your work places. You may have a fall back Dial up plan but what if your files are huge? You will be chewing your fingers in such a situation.

For those who are using their trusted thumb drives, I am sure you are adhering to the best practices to protect your files.

kuma
25-10-2010, 12:37 AM
When you have important files to work on, the last place you want to store is the Dropbox.

In the first place we don't know how safe it is. Can the company just go bust and everything you have there are gone?
Also, is it secured? Can someone also access your files?

And lastly, how sure are you that your Streamyx or whatever broadband you are using ALWAYS work at bot end of your work places. You may have a fall back Dial up plan but what if your files are huge? You will be chewing your fingers in such a situation.

For those who are using their trusted thumb drives, I am sure you are adhering to the best practices to protect your files.

Important Files Rule Of Thumb :D > Always have 3 Backups > Backup on Primary PC, Backup on External Media [Disk, Thumbdrive,etc], Backup Online for easy accessibility.

Online safety of such services > Of course they can be compromised....nothing is 100% secure with any online services....in fact, how safe is your doc when you attach it to your mail services?

Anyway, confidential data from any Company should never leave the Office on a Thumbdrive anyway....you still can loose the drive :eek: