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Dropbox It

Dropbox It!
by Gary Woods

Between my speaking engagements, teaching assignments, trade shows, columns and just plain fun time I end up in a lot of different places. And between my wife and myself we've got 5 computers, 2 cell phones and a couple of iPods and they've all got data on them. So where am I going with all this?

Well it always seems like my data is some place other than where I am at the moment. To solve this problem I've found a free service that can be everywhere and anywhere and that service is called Dropbox.

By going to you can download the app and you've got 2 GB worth of free storage anyplace you are. Everything you place in the Dropbox is instantly synchronized to all of the computers that have access to the account and your files are held safely on their servers so if all of your computers decided to quit simultaneously your information is still safe.

Dropbox does more than sync files however. It also keeps track of changed documents, so if you need an older version of a file from the last 30 days, you can get it. Or, if you want to share a file with others, you can drop it in the Public folder then go to the website, login in to your account, find the file you want to send, right click on the file and copy a download URL for pasting in email, Twitter, or Facebook.

There's even an iPhone, iPod Touch version of Dropbox and if you need more space its $10 per month for 50 GB or $20 per month for 100 GB. So get out there and start drop boxing those files.

If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at or see my column on the Internet at or call me at (805) 729-0910

Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc