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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dropbox experience

Once I realized I needed to sync my iPad to pass every tiny file to it though iTunes I was not happy. So when I learned there was a Dropbox version for it that was free I saw an opportunity. Later, I found out that there were dropbox versions available for Linux, OSX and, of course, for Windows.

A bit later, I learned that even there is an app for my trusty Nokia E71 so I can upload picture to a dropbox folder right away.

Since then I've almost stopped using a USB pendrive in favor of dropbox and till now, the server has been great.

In a nutshell dropbox is a shared folder on the web plus an app on each computer that syncs the content of your local folder with the copy held on the Internet. Any file you add or change is modified on the network storage. To put the icing on the cake there is also a web-based access to your data, so if you're visiting a friend or using a lab computer you cannot install software on, you still can access your dropbox account files.

Basic service is free (2GB storage) and there are fee-based accounts for larger data needs. If you don't have an account, you can use this link so you'll get 250MB extra storage and so will I.

Update: Today's system upgrade of my Ubuntu Karmic complained about the key of dropbox package, so it cannot be updated. Here is what you need to type to get it upgraded properly:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 5044912E


  • At 12:32 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Miguel Sánchez,

    Thankyou for your nice post regarding "Dropbox experience". I also have Linux, Windows and E71 and like the Dropbox for its sync capability. However, I have not yet figured out how to install Dropbox on E71. Can you please share how you did it. You can email me at
    Muhammed Ismail

  • At 8:50 am, Blogger Miguel Sánchez said…

    E71 dropbox support is somehow limited. I can send pictures taken with my phone to a dropbox folder. Not sure this is what you want or need. I reckon I searched for dropbox on Nokia Ovi shop.

  • At 10:41 pm, Anonymous Manda Maldanado said…

    Using Dropbox is actually a good replacement for a USB pendrive. However, it's still smart if you backup on your pendrive because Dropbox is a service that requires an internet connection. Also, using other online storage services may also be beneficial as backups.

  • At 12:08 am, Blogger Miguel Sánchez said…

    I totally agree.

  • At 7:19 pm, Anonymous Ruby @ WilliamsDataManagement said…

    Reviews about the DropBox portray how efficient the system is and how many user trust it. Posts like this can be very helpful for those who are thinking about storing their documents on the cloud since they can have a hint of what they'll encounter with every system. If the blogs and reviews are still not enough for you to decide on what service to avail of, you can consult with professionals in data management.


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