Dropbox.com the answer to my two-computer dilemma

Dropbox sychronizes filesI'm in love with a two-timing program, and her name is Dropbox.com. This free Internet service has proven to be the answer to what has, for me, been a serious dilemma. I use two computers daily, my home desktop computer and my laptop, and I work on the same files on either computer. I was constantly e-mailing files from myself to myself, or schlepping files via a thumb drive.

The result of this, and my inadequate memory, was that I often ended up with different versions of the files on the two computers, meaning I too frequently duplicated work or lost updates. That's where Dropbox has made my life so much better.

What does it do? It keeps my files synchronized. When I change a file on computer A, it copies those changes to the same file in computer B. Automatically.

How does it work? I installed its software on both of my computers. It created a folder, called Dropbox, within my Documents folder on each computer. The files I wanted to keep synchronized I moved into this folder from either computer. When I ran Dropbox for the first time, it copied files back and forth until both computers had identical files in the Dropbox folder.

Now, it keeps files in both computers harmonized. Suppose I create a file on computer 1 in the Dropbox folder. When I close the file, Dropbox copies this file to its server, then, when my computer 2 is on line, it copies the file to the Dropbox folder in that computer.

Now, if I update that file on either computer, Dropbox also updates it on its server and on the other computer.

The result? Both computers have the same version of every file in the Dropbox folder. And there is also a backup file on the Dropbox server, adding another layer of protection.

I also work with another person on one project, and I was able to extend her the ability to access, via Dropbox, the files we share. Now, when either of us makes a change to one of those files, that file on the other person's computer is automatically updated.

The service is free for the first 2 gigabytes of storage, enough for all of my word processing files. If I wanted more space, I could buy 50 gigs for $9.99 a month, or 100 gigs for $19.99 a month.

I'm not easily impressed with software, because so much of it is bloated or simply doesn't do what it professes to do. Dropbox has worked flawlessly for me and has lived up to its promise.
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