Dropbox Newbie – Is It All It’s Hyped Up To Be?

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Just Another Cloud Drive.

I signed up for it as a place to store my blog archives since I do not store them on any of my hard drives and after losing my first site, I knew I couldn’t afford to lose anymore content.

Why Dropbox?

I would have just used Google Docs or Box.com, my two regular cloud drive picks, but I found a site that would automatically copy each post I made on Blogger or WordPress directly onto Dropbox. Automation of these tasks is available through IFTTTcom. Definitely worth checking out.

Share Files

That was a few days ago. Today my buddy mentioned Dropbox as a means to access some of his files I wanted to check out. I gave him the email I signed up with, but apparently I need his and I go into his drive to get said files.

I had a thing or two to learn about Dropbox, but it seems pretty straightforward.

(The following contain modified excerpts from Dropbox.com)

What is Dropbox?

“Your life’s work, wherever you are.”

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website.

Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others, whether you’re a student or professional, parent or grandparent. Have no fear! You can relax knowing that Dropbox always has you covered, and none of your stuff will ever be lost.

Be Anywhere

Dropbox works hard to make sure that all your files are the same no matter where you’re working from. This means that you can start working on a computer at school or the office, and finish from your home computer. Never email yourself a file again!

Download Dropbox for your phone to simplify your life even more — flip through all your photos or review that spreadsheet even while on the road. Dropbox lets you work from any computer or phone with the confidence that you’ll always have everything you need.

Simple Sharing

Dropbox makes sharing so easy that you’ll be amazed at the things you can do. Invite your friends, family and teammates to any folder in your Dropbox, and it’ll be as if you saved that folder straight to their computers. You can send people links to specific files in your Dropbox too.

Always Safe

Even if your computer has a meltdown, your stuff is always safe in Dropbox and can be restored in a snap. Dropbox is like a time machine that lets you undo mistakes and even undelete files you accidentally trash. Your Dropbox is always ready for action from the Dropbox website too!

Surprise Yourself

People around the world rely on Dropbox to help them with many tasks. Dropbox simplifies your life.

Lots of benefits but does it compare to other similar programs? In terms of free space, Dropbox offers 2 GB of space, with ways to earn more by completing various tasks. CNN.com reports:

Upload Limit

The most limiting factor of the majority of cloud storage and collaboration services isn’t the total amount of storage — it’s the limitations on upload size.

Google has an impressive 10GB limit on files or folders. This is significantly more than the 2GB limit imposed by most cloud services. Only Dropbox’s desktop apps for Mac, Windows and Linux do better. With Dropbox, the only limitation is the size of a storage plan.

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Task Management Tool – Get Organized.. Digitally

Task Management for the Internet Era

5/4/2010: To-Do List

I have always been a writer. I literally have a collection of notebooks that include everything from stories to poetry and always lots of lists, especially to-do lists. I love to procrastinate and tend to be forgetful, so these little lists are alifesaver. In an effort to get myself “more digital” I have attempted to put many of my once written documents online.

I have used more than one “productivity” application, both on the computer and my Android phone, with no success. After using it once or twice, I forget it even existed. And here I am joining a new task management app, hoping this will be the one for me.

And the winner is..

Wunderlist – TASK MANAGEMENT tool

What is it exactly?

(from their official website)

Organize everything – Start boosting your daily productivity now

No matter what needs to be done, from shopping lists to projects and to-dos, Wunderlist can manage it all.

Use it everywhere – Manage your tasks while you‘re on the go

It’s available on your Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone devices, as well as your web-browser.

Share with others – invite your friends and colleagues to join.

Share your tasks and lists by email, or share them directly through Wunderlist with anyone who is already on board.

wunderkit is a social network for the task oriented

What I like about Wunderlist..

  • Very cool so far, can be used both online and off, downloadable for every device you have (no excuses!)
  • Great design and customizable background
  • Keep track of what you want, how you want – today, weekly, monthly, no due date
  • Their own social networkImage

Wunderkit

TASK MANAGEMENT tool + social networking = awesome!

Okay, the social network sold me. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes.

Check out my profile on Wunderkit here.

http://www.wunderkit.com/cybergirl

I also found a method to reinforce my new behavior with a points system from this website.

If this doesn’t keep me on track, I’m going back to the old school pen and paper method.

Wish me luck 🙂

And if all else fails…

My "To Do" List: Yay for functional ...
My “To Do” List: Yay for functional tattoos!

Tricks of The Trade

Tricks of the trade can benefit even the most avid internet pro. The’re always room for anyone to learn more. Who doesn’t want to make life easier? I know I do.

Would  you like to make more efficient use of you time?

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Here’s how.

– A calendar or planner is key.

Everyone will forgot something somewhere, no matter how good your memory is. Did you know when you write something down it actually encodes it more effectively in the brain? This holds true even if you keep track of your daily to-do on the computer. It’s not the act of writing or typing per say, but by doing so you are putting what you are writing in your short term memory.

Mike Rohde´s Custom Moleskine Planner

It is easier to retrieve this information later on than if you just said to your spouse, “remind me to feed the dog later”.

– Going on the last trick discussed, writing stuff down in general will make your life easier.

Now don’t go putting everything on paper, but keep a notepad (actual or virtual) handy. A great virtual notebook to consider is Quick Note. It opens with a simple right click on the mouse and it saves everything you type automatically – no need to worry if you forget to.

And if you need to copy something from a website or email it have a super easy copy and paste feature. And if that hasn’t sold you yet, you can even sync it to your Google documents account.

– Google documents.

Google 貼牌冰箱(Google Refrigerator)

If you haven’t tried this one yet, you need to. It will not only save you time, but money as well because it does everything you would most likely need Microsoft Word to do. Not to mention many other websites you use sync with it, such as Box.com, saving you the effort of uploading everything.

– Create a weekly schedule of computer maintenance to keep things running smoothly.

I know most of us forget about the actual health of our computer systems, but they need check-ups too. If we get in the habit of doing check-ups on a schedule, doing so will become part of our daily routine.

For example, if every Monday you decide to scan your registry for errors, your brain is more likely to associate Monday mornings with scanning for registry errors, which makes the likehood that you will forget. Even if you think these types of scans run automatically or in real-time, they don’t with most free-ware programs.

– Free software is great.

Open Source Logos

There’s no point in paying for something when getting it for free does the same job if not better. It’s like the non-profit of the computer world. But be careful and download with caution. Not every free program out there is safe, but there is a pretty fool proof plan to find out if it is.

When downloading off the internet, keeps these tips in mind:

#1 Don’t assume that just because it comes from a trusted source or has the “trusted seal of approval”, that it is indeed safe to download.

Try right clicking on that “trusted program download button”. You can save it to your computer can’t you? And even if you can’t you can’t still easily get a screen shot and doctor it up to look like the real deal. Looks can be decieving.

And these trusted download sites can’t be held responsible for every program. The do a great job and personally I’ve never had a problem with my favorite site. But you can never be too careful.

#2 If possible download from the programs actual source.

That just means if you need to download Google Chrome, try and do so from Google.com. If it is not a repetuable company like Google, find a good well-known and used site such as Download.com or Filehippo.com.

#3 These sites offering free downloads make a lot of money from the ads on their sites.

They are pretty slick in their tactics, but they have to make money somehow. Make sure before you click “run” or “save as” before the actual download process that it is indeed the program you originally intended to download. I know it sounds silly, but it happens.

#4 But before downloading anything from a trusted site, get to know that program.

Google it, read reviews outside that site, ask your friends, whatever. If no one has heard of it or have bad things to say about it, then maybe you should give that particular program second thought. No matter how safe you think it is, shit happens. The more educated you are, the less stress you will encounter down the road.

#5 So you’ve found a great program and all the reviews are good.

Ask yourself how the program will benefit you. Seriously. Most people who complain about their computers running slow are looking in all the wrong places for the answers. They download a program to speed things up and it works for a while, but soon things are back to how they were before.

More programs = more RAM used and less RAM = slower processor speed.

And just because you “uninstalled it” through your control panel does not mean it’s gone. Well for the most part.

#6 Windows (I’m not sure if Mac or Linux is similar in this fashion..) is notorious about leaving shit behind.  One of your must have programs is a good uninstaller. It will not only uninstall a program, but also scan your computer for any left over traces of it. An easy to use and effective such program is Advanced Uninstaller Pro. It can do so much for your systems health and more.