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    GetDropBox

    This is a relatively new service, and one of the best I've seen for syncing files between machines as well as keeping a copy "offline" in case you lose your computer.

    https://www.getdropbox.com/referrals/NTE0NjI1NDc5

    It's simply a folder (usually in My Docs) and you copy stuff to it and it automatically syncs it up. If you have other machines connected they will also update as well.

    The link above gets you an extra 250mb with the free account, giving you 2.25gb.

    Cheers,

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    I find the trouble is how much broadband bandwidth and usage I have left... though this is certainly good value for free.

    I wonder how long it'll last this way though, will it be successful?

    I notice that it uses Amazon's S3 for the actual storage. A good system, though no guarantee's on no data loss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samh004 View Post
    I notice that it uses Amazon's S3 for the actual storage. A good system, though no guarantee's on no data loss.
    Yes, but think if you have 2 computers syncing then you actually have 3 copies of the file (one on each computer and one on the website)

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    Re: GetDropBox

    I use a free product by Windows called Windows Mesh (www.mesh.com) which seems to do the same thing. I have found it good with it syncing new files to the other computer in a very short time. I am not aware of any limit.

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    Re: GetDropBox

    Quote Originally Posted by one9 View Post
    I am not aware of any limit.


    Itís a Microsoft product?

    I have been using Dropbox for over a year - its quick and easy and has also recently added selective sync and syncing for open MS Office documents making it perfect for team collaboration.....for a free app its a damn good quality for an even better price

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    Honestly, you have to wonder why this sort of thing wasn't built into Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.6 - and you have to wonder if it should be in the next-gen release of these operating systems, it'd certainly be a boon for so many people.
    There are rumours Apple’s massive data centre in NC will be a cloud facility, but as with everything Apple, we’ll have to wait for an official announcement. And while not free, MobileMe, and before that .Mac, and even before that iTools (which was free) offers a similar service.

    The problem with the cloud is markets like Australia where bandwidth isn’t unlimited, and is still relatively low, so moving a lot of data to and from the cloud at least here, would be expensive. Most other countries, like the US, are perfect for it.
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    Re: GetDropBox

    I've been using Dropbox for a while now too, and thoroughly enjoying it. Bandwidth not a problem. Most users are only transferring small files when it syncs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samh004 View Post
    The problem with the cloud is markets like Australia where bandwidth isnít unlimited, and is still relatively low, so moving a lot of data to and from the cloud at least here, would be expensive. Most other countries, like the US, are perfect for it.
    Is that really an issue anymore? My ISP upgraded me to a 200GB/mth plan, so I promptly reduced my spend to the second lowest plan, which is now 100GB/mth. Optus just increased most of their plans to 500GB/mth or more... Telstra gives 50GB or more a month for what they used to charge for 2GB/mth. Anything over 50GB/mth for most users is almost unlimited at this point in time I'd say (unti 24x7 streaming video becomes the norm).

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    Re: GetDropBox

    +1 on livemesh
    I use Dropbox too though when I want to collaborate.

    Dropbox has better features for this, while livemesh pretty much sits in the background. They are both very reliable and essential tools for me!

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    I have been using Dropbox for a while now. Very happy with. The main benefits are

    The main benefit it is simple, easy to understand and just works.

    It is free. Although more capacity is charged for.

    Support for many different platforms. Windows, Mac and Linux all well supported. Plus mobile versions available as well. Great to be able to view or update documents on my phone. For instance I have my passwords stored in Keepass in a file on dropbox. Any updates done on my computer I can instantly view on my phone.

    It has LAN sync which means if you have 2 or more computers on the same network it can transfer data between them directly rather than going out over the Internet and coming back in again.

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