Just got on the Dropbox band wagon

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  1. randomhero180

    randomhero180 Active Member

    Just tried out Dropbox for the first time today. I am pissed I waited this long to give it a go, especially owning Android Devices.

    1. Dropbox backs up my Android pictures:
    Dropbox isn’t just useful for sharing files with others, I am also a using it as a quick, easy, and secure way to keep an offsite backup my phones/tablets pictures. I use my phone for pictures all the time since I do not own a camera and my phones camera is just fine for the pictures I need to take. I always wanted an easy way to back up my photos to see on my PC or if something happens to my phone. I have Dropbox set up to automatically back up my phones pictures after I take new ones ensuring I have them in another place if something happens to my phone.

    2. It is free. (for the amount of memory I need):
    Chances are, unless you’re working with really large files, you can continue working with the free level of service indefinitely; if you start running short of space you can upgrade to a paid plan. Also, Dropbox offers many ways to upgrade your storage for free from connecting your social media accounts, telling them why you like Dropbox, scavenger hunts, and even referring friends.

    When you refer a friend, both you and your friend that you refer get 500MB of free space. If you don't have an account, use the link below I just provided to sign up and start with 500MB of extra storage without having to do anything.


    3. Easily share files with friends:
    This is one of my favorite Dropbox features. It makes sharing incredibly easy. You can create a shared folder and give access to selected people. You can also use the public folder wNhere you can put a file and create a public link to specific file, then use that link to share the file with anyone.

    4. No file size limit:
    You can backup and sync files of any size and any type with Dropbox, unlike some other cloud storage services that limit file size based on being a free user. The cool thing is that when you make changes to a file and then add it again to your Dropbox folder, it only syncs the changes made, making it quick and uses up less bandwidth.

    If you aren't already using Dropbox, you might as well try it seeing as its free. I got my first android device 4 years ago and don't know why I have waited this long to try Dropbox with it.

  2. SIII groupie

    SIII groupie Well-Known Member

    I have 53GB free for 2 years.
  3. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    It's very nice. I'm pretty close to 3Gb I think... I haven't checked in a while. I use it to backup school files and other nonsense that I need.

    And I've got a Dropbox story for you guys:
    I needed a file for a school project, in class. I needed the source for a security program, which was blocked by my school's DNS (malicious files)... well, I hopped on my phone, downloaded it, and pushed it to my Dropbox account. Once the file was happily in the cloud, I was able to download it through that. :p
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  4. SamuraiBigEd

    SamuraiBigEd Under paid Sasquatch! Moderator

    I've got around 32G also, like it a lot. I use a combination of Dropbox and Cubby (real time file sync and merging, handy for my work) for my needs.
  5. randomhero180

    randomhero180 Active Member

    How did you get so much? Thought that 16GB was max for referrals.
  6. saptech

    saptech Well-Known Member

    Yep, I have around 50gb of space and it does come in handy also.
    My story, which was recently, I bought a C2D computer last month and installed Windows 7 along with Linux. Well since I installed W7 first, i use this USB Wifi modem for my internet access and for whatever reason, no current Windows have drivers for it. So I had to use my phone to get to Dropbox and download the drivers for the modem and use a USB thumb drive to install on W7. The things Window put you through to do simple stuff.
  7. SamuraiBigEd

    SamuraiBigEd Under paid Sasquatch! Moderator

    I got 20 or 25 for my EVO 4G LTE, and I think Galaxy's get that much or more.
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  8. randomhero180

    randomhero180 Active Member

    Ah yes, makes sense.
  9. kevincott

    kevincott Well-Known Member Contributor

    I have always been wary of cloud storage, I try to keep personal data personal.

    Though it is not well liked, I bought WHS 2011 6 months ago for under $50. My reasoning: a permanent web address for my home network. If you didn't know, M$ gives you a perm .homeserver.com address.

    The downside is that many apps have Dropbox (and clones) support that I do not have.

    I used to utilize home FTP access but have been happy with WHS 2011.

    Be kind in any replies, I know WHS is not the most popular tool.
  10. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    I bought Pocket for the touchy cloud stuff:

    Secure your information with Pocket.

    Pocket allows you to safely store all your sensitive data such as bank account details and passwords on your phone. Pocket is also useful for remembering all those bits and pieces of information in one place from frequent flier numbers to contact lens prescriptions.

    Pocket is all about security. Many people still store their sensitive information under contacts, which can easily be seen if your phone falls into the wrong hands...ouch! When you use Pocket, your data is encrypted using the industry standard AES-256. Only you will be able to access your data via a master password. Even if you lose your phone your data will still be safe. For extra security, Pocket doesn't store your master password locally on the device, but rather as a SHA-512 hash. In addition, Pocket self-locks after a timeout period and clears the clipboard to ensure your data is protected.

    Pocket provides an option to automatically backup your wallet to your Dropbox account. All communication to Dropbox is over HTTPS and the data itself is encrypted so that even if your Dropbox account is compromised, your data is inaccessible without the master password.

    New beta desktop version now available. (Click 'Visit the developer's web page' for the download links).

    Get the PRO version key to remove ads.
  11. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    Just a reminder that referral links should go in this thread or your signature only :)
  12. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Well-Known Member

    Dropbox is indeed cool. Most people never get past the cloud storage features and really take a close look at some of the amazing things you can do with Dropbox. Like run a web site from your Dropbox or use it to control every DB connected device from any other DB connected device.

    I dump all of my files into one Dropbox and they are sorted and moved to separate folders by file type. I can tag an image with a certain file name and the file will be automatically emailed to my brother with a text file from yet another folder, and I really like that I can drop Word documents into a special DB folder where it is converted to a PDF file and either emailed or moved to a folder.

    Dropbox is very cool.
  13. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    Google Drive kinda does the same thing, but Dropbox won my heart first. I can
  14. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    These are 2 things I didn't know...

    I'm looking at consolidating as many "cloud" functions as possible. I use it for sharing files and as a backup for images and videos. Most of my "cloud" stuff is actually not and is my NAS.

    I have 54.8 GB sat not doing much.
  15. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    I'm up to 101Gigs free... lol.. (ALso 2 years)
  16. trekleech

    trekleech Well-Known Member

    Is their a comparison chart somewhere to Google Drive? I just installed that on my desktop.
  17. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    Don't know of a chart, but I have 105GB on Dropbox and a full terabyte on Google Drive and use both extensively. Drive is getting better and fully integrates with Google Docs and other Google services if you use that stuff. But Dropbox is faster and more flexible for ordinary files. Plus if like me, you use Linux, Dropbox is the only cloud storage service that offers a real Linux desktop client.

    Advantage Dropbox.
  18. SamuraiBigEd

    SamuraiBigEd Under paid Sasquatch! Moderator

    One feature of Cubby I really like you can sync files across multiple systems without using any cloud storage! We have our invoice file synced between all our systems which makes things much simpler now, we aren't stepping on each others invoice numbers anymore.
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  19. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    Thanks for the tip! I've been a LogMeIn Pro user for ages, and I can't believe that they never thought to promote Cubby to me as a LMI customer.

    I've been using a combination of rsync and the "File Synchronizer" function of PowerDesk to keep my music and video files synchronized between my Linux, Windows and Netgear NAS boxes, along with my various online hosts or services. This looks like a prayer answered.

    Addendum: It works with my LogMeIn username and password!
  20. SamuraiBigEd

    SamuraiBigEd Under paid Sasquatch! Moderator

    Glad to help!
  21. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    Start with 2.5gigs, get another 500mb from doing the tour and stuff. Then an additional 640mb from linking Facebook and Twitter.

    Then 3gigs from using the auto upload feature (you have to auto upload 3gigs). When this feature was in beta they gave away 5gigs for testing.

    Then on top of that 16gigs from referrals.

    I'm at 27gigs (for life :p) totally free :)
  22. ZCObot

    ZCObot Member

    Dropbox is quite useful. I have it on all of my computers and on the Samsung Galaxy S3. One of the easiest ways of putting music onto my phone and keeping certain documents up-to-date on all my devices. Is there a Dropbox app for iOS? (thinking about playing devil's advocate and trying the iPhone5)
  23. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    I apologize in advance for the threadjack, but I'm looking for a good online storage. I'm looking for one:

    • with a TOS that keeps my files private to me
    • at least 200GiB of storage (I'm willing to pay, but not lots)
    • Linux client support that's as good as the Windows client
    • an Android client.

    Cubby looks good, but I don't see any rates or storage limits, or Linux support. SugarSync looks more like what I'm looking for. Does anyone have real-world experience with a service like what I'm seeking?

    Currently I'm storing my files online on a virtual host run by the ISP that does my DNS and business mail MTA service. I just had to upgrade to a $60/mo. deal after I broke the 150MB storage limit at $25/mo. My deal for the virtual host doesn't make any provision for data retrieval if the host host loses a drive. I don't even know if they're using RAID on the machine. A second managed online storage place would help me sleep better, and having pre-made client software is a luxury that I'd like to enjoy.

    I like Amazon's S3 services, but can't justify the expense of a full-blown business class deal right now.
  24. yzviper

    yzviper Member

    Yes sir there is. Just switched over to android from ios. Been using it on iOS for years. There's also a handy app for the mac too, if you use one.
  25. Crashdamage

    Crashdamage Well-Known Member

    Dropbox is the only cloud storage service that offers a real Linux desktop client.
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