I was given an invite to Dropbox. In a nutshell, it’s an online storage service that allows you to sync files across multiple computers. I’m syncing files via my PC running Vista and my MacBook running Leopard.

The service is very easy to use. You download the application and install it. In Windows it creates a folder in My Documents called My Dropbox. You drop any files in there you want to put on the server and it automatically uploads them.


Once you have files uploaded to Dropbox you can log into the Dropbox website and view the files using the web interface.


On the Mac, the Dropbox app adds it’s location to Finder, much like the .Mac iDisk does.


As soon as the files have been uploaded from one computer they will sync to all computers running Dropbox that are linked to your account. This came in handy for me when I downloaded a Habari theme on my PC but wanted to test it out on MAMP on my Mac later in the day. I didn’t want to remember the link or upload the file somewhere else, so I just placed it in the My Dropbox folder on my PC and when I booted up my Mac it automatically downloaded it in the Dropbox folder on my Mac. Very simple.

You can also put files in a public folder that is accessible from a link. Right click the file and go to the Dropbox subfolder and choose “get public link” and you will be able to send that link to anyone you want to view the files. Right now Dropbox is in private testing phase, but I can already tell that this is a great idea and the simplicity of their solution makes it a winner. They give you 2gb of online storage space. I can see them charging for more space in the future, which if you are someone who is on multiple computers a lot and want to keep track of files, say from home to work, this will be an ideal solution for you. I can’t wait to see where they go with this. I also have a few invites if anyone is interested in trying it out. Just leave me your info in the comments.

11 replies
  1. Adam
    Adam says:

    Mike, I’ve been eyeing Dropbox for a while. If you happen to have another invite, I’d be interested in giving it a try.

    I (like many people) have been very disappointed with .Mac, so maybe this is the replacement that we’ve been looking for.

    [P.S. Good luck in your future endeavors. As a classroom teacher who has enjoyed your posts about education and technology, I’m sorry to see you leave the profession, but I can understand why.]

  2. Adam
    Adam says:

    I have spent so much over the last few years on .mac storage, seeing this is quite a relief. It looks like they’ve had built quite a nice integration in with the Finder. So, hey, if you have any invites left (I recall them throttling back the number one can give out), it sure would be nice!

  3. Laurent Launay
    Laurent Launay says:

    Humm quite interesting service. Working on both Mac and PC, it’s seems pretty usefyl for me.
    If you still have an invitation, I’m really interested.

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