Ever since Microsoft’s failed “briefcase” concept on Windows 3.1, it seems the whole world has been crying out for a better way to work on different computers. I’ve got USB sticks, VPN networks, shared network drives, a web based FTP and I even used Yahoo’s briefcase until they killed it off last year. So it was great to discover Dropbox this Christmas.

Dropbox is pretty much everything you ever wanted in a web disk in the clouds. It just DOES what you want. It feels like a local folder on your computer. Indeed, it IS a local folder on your computer. So even if you are offline, you can update and work on files in your Dropbox folder. Doing it this way is great, because there is no worldwide wait problems. Whenever a file is updated on your computer, Dropbox encrypts it, zips it, and syncs it with your cloud based Dropbox folder on Amazon’s s3 servers – all in the background.

It’s simply brilliant!

Yesterday I found myself doing a spreadsheet on my Mac, which wasn’t connected to my printer. I had a Windows machine on the desk fired up. I saved my spreadsheet on my Mac, ready to put the file onto a USB stick, but Dropbox worked faster. In the time it would have taken to save the file, it was aready there on my Windows machine. I printed it off without a second thought.

Then, later, I took the printout to the pub (Taking spreadsheets to pubs is a whole different problem for me) and gave it to a colleague. He didn’t have his reading glasses… so no problem. I just took out my iPhone and showed him the file directly from the phone.

Brilliant. Simply Brilliant.

I like that the data is encypted, hosted on decent SSL server.

I like that even Dropbox employees can’t even read the files without your username and password (which they don’t have)

I like that, once installed, you don’t have to enter your username ever time (although this as a preference option might be good)

I’ve tried it on my Mac, Widows XP, Windows Vista, my iPhone and through the web. It works on Unix machines too.

I like that it keeps a changelog history – so I can always role back up to 30 days for any file. Brilliant!

I like even better that it is free for the first 2GB of space, but if you register using THIS LINK, you’ll get an extra 250MB free (and so will I, so please use the link!)


Dixon Jones

An award-winning Search and Internet Marketer. Search Personality of the year Lifetime achievement award Outstanding technology individual of the year International public speaker for 20 years in the field of SEO and Internet Marketing, including: Pubcon; Search Engine Strategies (SMX); Brighton SEO; Ungagged; Search Leeds; State of Search; RIMC and many more.


Sante · 31st December 2009 at 2:18 pm

Hi Dixon !
Dropbox looks interesting and similar to evernote.com – I’ve been using it now for 6 months and reall solves a number of problems related to organizing, sharing and finding files and information.

Happy new year to all !

Dixon Jones · 31st December 2009 at 3:00 pm

Happy New Year Sante!

Evernote looks to be a little different in approach to Dropbox – aiming to solve a slightly different problem. Looks good, but the free option seems far more limiting than Dropbox’s (No SSL, Limited file types.) That said, the paid option for Evernote is hardy anything at all.

Joe Connor · 3rd January 2010 at 10:23 am

HNY Dixon, I wrote about both Dropbox, Evernote and making the best of cloud based services a while back here: http://blog.cantbarsed.com/2009/10/mac-life-part-5-living-in-cloud-cuckoo.html where I explain why I think using both in conjunction with Mobile Me is the way to go at the moment.

Marcus · 16th January 2010 at 4:11 pm

Hi Dixon,

I’m going to click the link to bump up your cloud storage another 250mb. Thanks for the post.

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