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My favorite technologies – # 3 of 5 – Dropbox
22 August 2012, by , in Random Thoughts, No comments

This is the third of five blog posts on my favorite technologies.

Since opening my consulting business over a decade ago, I’ve always operated with two computers: my office computer (desktop) and my laptop. I use my laptop for meetings with clients and when I travel.

In the good old days, I would carry around a thumb drive (USB drive) and save all my documents on that drive. Then I could transfer docs between my laptop and my office computer. But of course, if there were files I forgot, then I was out of luck

Enter Dropbox. If you’re not familiar with Dropbox, you should be. In a nutshell, Dropbox allows you to store documents “in the cloud,” that are automatically synced to any number of computers that you allow. But what’s even better than just storing the docs in the cloud, is that Dropbox also stores a copy of these files on the hard drive of each computer. That means I can access my shared files even when I’m not connected to the Internet. That is convenient! I don’t know how I’ve managed without Dropbox.

Stay tuned for more of my favorite technologies, and feel free to add your own in the comments section.

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